TT 2017: 'Unbelievable week' for five podium Hickman
Peter Hickman walked away from the 2017 Isle of Man TT £10k richer after winning the Joey Dunlop Championship trophy following his incredible five podiums from five races feat.
Every race the Smiths BMW rider entered he brought it home on the podium, including unexpected rostrums in the Supersport and Lightweight category, as he pushed closer towards his debut TT win.
The 30-year-old came close to clinching the victory in both the Superbike and Senior races, with a fuel issue hampering him on the final lap of the Superbike race and while he looked set to challenge Ian Hutchinson in the Senior, he had no answer for a rejuvenated Michael Dunlop after the red flag.
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If he’s frustrated to have missed out on the win, Hickman hasn’t let on as the laid-back British Superbike star points out it’s still only his fourth year competing on the island.
“It's been an unbelievable week for me,” he said after the Senior TT. “The Smiths racing team have been brilliant and thanks to the KMR Kawasaki team for the Lightweight. I came here with no podiums so five races and five podiums absolutely mega, I can't ask for any more. It would have been nice to have won one, we were leading in that first part of the Senior and I hope Hutchy is OK.
“We had a bit of an issue with the clutch even though we were leading so it was a little bit fortunate for us that we could stop. The team put a new clutch in and the restart was perfect. The race went really well, it’s just Michael as a bit too strong for us.”