BSB: Hickman: 'Pressure is on Buchan and Ray, not me!'

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Peter Hickman is hoping his strong record at Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park will help him overhaul either Bradley Ray or Danny Buchan to secure a spot in the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Showdown.

Hickman sits just seven points off an all-important spot in the top six, but reckons there’s more pressure on the men he’s hunting down as he heads to the scene of his career first BSB win.

After a tough start to the year, Hickman kick-started his 2018 campaign with a double rostrum at Thruxton two weeks’ ago despite being admitted to hospital with a kidney infection just 12 hours before the opening race.

The heroic rides saw him close right in on the Showdown six and with Cadwell and Silverstone two venues he’s ridden well at in the past, his hopes of fighting for the 2018 crown aren’t over yet…

“Traditionally Cadwell Park has been a good circuit for me, so I need to keep my energy levels up and be out pushing for wins again,” he said.

“I think the pressure at the moment is more on Brad and Danny than me as they have the position to lose rather than the position to gain.

“Thruxton, Cadwell and Silverstone have always been good circuits for me so while we haven’t had a great first half of the year, I was confident that we could turn things around at these three tracks and now we are just seven points away from a Showdown spot!”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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