BSB: Hickman uses head for showdown points

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After his first win of the year at Thruxton and a dominant performance at the Ulster Grand Prix, big things were expected of Peter Hickman at Cadwell Park this weekend.

While he didn’t quite clinch the dream home win as he finished fourth and third in Sunday’s two races, those consistent points finishes were enough for him to take a further step into solidifying his position in the 2017 title shootout.

Admitting that was on his mind, Hickman used his head in both races to bring it home with decent points ahead of next month’s Showdown decider at Silverstone. He now sits just 16 points shy of second-placed Leon Haslam. 

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“I’m not disappointed with the result,” he said. “Fourth in race one was pretty good after running on to the grass to avoid the aftermath of Shakey’s moment and I felt good in race two. I lined up Ellison and thought I’d have a go but he also went for a move on Lee at the same time which meant I was too tight. After that I sort of used my head, I saw there was a gap back to third so thought I’d consolidate some points for the Showdown! At the end of the day, we need to make sure we can get in that showdown and then we can start thinking about making risky moves!” 

Beaten by his team-mate for the first time this year, Hickman continued to show his class in praising team-mate and fellow local Jackson for his stunning race two ride. 

“I have to say how pleased I am for Lee. He’s been riding mega all weekend. His confidence has taken a big knock this year as things haven’t been going to plan but he was 0.2 off pole in qualifying, set the fastest lap in both races, took the lap record and got his first podium. It’s brilliant and I’m really chuffed for him.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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