Ulster GP: Hat-trick Hickman 'can't be disappointed'
Peter Hickman says he can’t at all be disappointed with his Ulster Grand Prix performance despite missing out on victory in Saturday’s two big bike races.
The BSB star got off to a dominant start at this year’s event, taking pole position for every race in which he competed. After he won Thursday’s Dundrod 150 Superbike race, talk soon turned to whether he could be the first rider to win five in a day since Phillip McCallen notched up five wins in 1996.
However, it wasn’t to be for Hickman, who despite storming to victory in the Superstock and Supersport races, was narrowly beaten by Bruce Anstey in the feature Superbike race before an engine blew out saw him retire from the second while leading.
“It’s been an awesome day and a massive thanks to the team as everything’s been spot on throughout,” Hickman said after the race.
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“I’m obviously over the moon with a hat-trick of wins in what were extremely tough, close races and that’s always the case at the Ulster GP. To win a race here, you know you’ll have to fight all the way to the end and getting a break is near impossible. I tried my best to make a getaway in all of the races but it only really came off in the Superstock race when there were a few damp patches. I led most of the laps in most of the races and was happy to be out front and although we had a problem in the final race, we can’t be disappointed at all. It’s been a mega day’s racing so thanks again to the team, well done to Dean Harrison for winning his first International big bike race win and best wishes to the injured riders.”