BSB: Hickman expecting harsh moves at Showdown decider

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Peter Hickman has said he’s expecting some harsh moves to be pulled as nine riders fight for a spot in the all-important MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown at Silverstone this weekend.

The Smiths BMW rider sits a strong third in the series standing ahead of the final round of the main season, but with three races this weekend he can’t afford to rest on his laurels.

Three strong results will guarantee him his first chance to fight for the title, but one slip up could put him back in reach of the chasing pack and he’s expecting people to be pushing on as they look to make it or break it this weekend.

“I think excited is the key word for me ahead of Silverstone this weekend,” he said. “I have been close to making the Showdown a couple of times before and I have missed out because of a couple of points here or there and this year we have jumped in at the moment, but it is still all to play for.


“We have three races so there is a lot that can still happen. I am 37 points ahead of seventh so I have a good cushion but it only takes one DNF and someone else to win one and suddenly that goes down to 12 points.

“I think there will be some interesting moves going on, especially in race two and three! It is going to be hard fought like it is every weekend in this championship and it will be tough. Silverstone lends itself to that kind of close racing though and it’s fast and the racing is always close! We might see some harsh moves being pulled as people fight for their place in the Showdown.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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