TT 2016: Hickman ruled out of podium finish

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Peter Hickman was ruled out of a potential podium in Friday’s Senior TT when an electrical problem struck his JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

A strong start had seen Hickman slip into third on the first lap, where he was able to build a decent buffer to the riders behind. With the gap increasing sector by sector, he looked to be in a strong position until he was forced to retire at Brandywell on the second lap.

Hickman’s entire TT was a tale of attrition with a plethora of technical problems plaguing him throughout the two week. Recording a 132.4mph lap on his way to fourth in the opening Superbike race, Hickman would not enjoy further success with retirements in the first Supersport outing and Superstock race as well as Friday’s Senior.

“It’s been a bit of a war of attrition this week across every class! It’s not been a bad TT, but it was certainly a very tough one,” said Hickman. “It’s my third year here and I was probably due a bit of a tough week as the first two years went with no problems. I’m disappointed but it’s just the way these things go – the team are still newcomers to the TT, but collectively we’ve all learnt a lot and have a really good setting as shown in the Senior race. My first lap was 131mph from a standing start, while in the Saturday Superbike race my flying lap saw us join the 132mph club so I can’t not be happy with that.” 

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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