Hickman ready to get going after injury recovery

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Fastest ever Isle of Man TT newcomer Peter Hickman says he’s raring to go at this year’s races despite breaking his neck at Oulton Park only a month ago.

The RAF Reserves rider, who will campaign his BMW under the Briggs Equipment colours at this year’s TT, broke four vertebrae in a crash during practice for the BSB round at the Cheshire track in early May, but says that after taking to the track again for the first time last week at the Snetterton BSB test, he’s feeling up to the task at the TT.

“I can’t wait to get going – I even went out last night to Hillberry and watched the lightweight bikes, which was nice! If the weather stays like it is at the minute – sunny and actually quite warm – then it’ll be nice to get some laps done tomorrow night. I rode at Snetterton and my neck wasn’t too bad, but I already feel better again now than I did then, so I’m raring to get going now!”

With the Lincolnshireman having no lightweight machine, he sat out the opening night of the TT yesterday, and with bad weather scheduled for the coming nights, it could be as late as Wednesday before he finally gets the chance to return to the 37.73 mile circuit.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer