BSB: Strong weekend for Hickman at Knockhill

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Peter Hickman enjoyed a strong weekend at the fourth round of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship at Knockhill, walking away with two top five results for JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

Knockhill was always going to pose a challenge for Hickman, who returns to British Superbikes after competing at the gruelling Isle of Man TT, where he clocked up a fastest lap of 132.4mph, but he was on the pace from the off, lapping just 0.1 seconds off lap record pace in the opening practice sessions.

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In the mix throughout the weekend in both wet and dry conditions, Hickman fought for the podium in both races before being forced to settle for fourth and fifth respectively.

“Its been a really good weekend, my best results at Knockhill, we were less than one tenth off the lap record in practice, I did all my laps by myself which was a really good thing,” said Hickman. “We went a completely different way with the setup for this weekend, more like I would in the rain than Leon and James do and straight away it was the right choice. I’m really happy, I felt we should have been on the podium in race one but things weren’t quite right. Maybe if I was little braver in race two earlier on I could have been stuck in there a little bit more but I’m happy. The team have done a mega job and I can’t thank them enough."

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing