TT fastest newcomer Hickman set for UGP debut

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Peter Hickman, the fastest ever Isle of Man TT newcomer, will continue his transition to road racer next month, as he takes on the ultra-fast Ulster Grand Prix race in mid-August.

The Lincolnshire racer, who managed a top ten finish in the Superstock TT before setting an amazing 129mph average lap in the Senior TT, says he’s looking forward to the race despite the short notice:

“I only signed up last week, so it's all been a bit, but I'm really looking forward to it! Everything's only started to come about, but I'll be back with Paul Shoesmith's Ice Valley team; I know the bike well, and hopefully it'll feel like the same bike I rode at the North West 200 and the TT.”

“I've got no real targets, I'm just going to enjoy myself and have some fun. The Irish are mega good fun, and I'm sure it'll be a good laugh - and we'll see where we end up when it's over!”

With the Dundrod circuit a favourite of many of the top racers, often described as a mini TT – albeit with a mass start race – Hickman is says he’s excited to get going.

“I had a quick look at the track while I was over for the launch - nicked a car and got four laps in. You never quite get the right idea doing that, but it's nice to have a look around. The course looks good fun - fast, proper fast!”

In the meantime, however, he will remain in the MCE British Superbike championship, after scoring a pair of points scoring finish at Knockhill on his debut for the RAF Reserves Honda team.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer