Peter Hickman Rounds Off British Superbikes Season on the Briggs Equipment Bike
At Brands Hatch on Sunday, Peter Hickman put in two brave rides on the RAF Reserves BMW sponsored by Briggs Equipment and whilst he scored points in both races, he narrowly missed out on the BSB Rider’s Cup and had to settle for ninth place overall in the final Championship standings.
Starting from the sixth row of the grid for the first 20-lap race around the 2.4-mile GP circuit, a good start was always going to be crucial if Peter was to close the gap to Luke Mossey in the race for the BSB Rider’s Cup. However, whilst he did exactly that, he got pushed wide by Christian Iddon at the second corner and it dropped him all the way outside the top twenty.
This left Peter with a lot to do for the rest of the race but the 28-year old steadily moved his way through the field. By lap seven he was running heading for points and was eventually rewarded with another 12th place finish, one of 2 12th place finishes for the weekend.
It gave him the slightly better starting position of 12th place and the fourth row for the final race of the 2015 season although he now found himself 13 points adrift of Mossey. The Kawasaki rider was able to run in the top six for the majority of the race whilst Peter found himself just outside the top ten.
In one of the races of the season, just a handful of seconds covered the leading dozen riders as they ran near identical lap times, but Peter had to settle for 11th place at the chequered flag albeit just seven seconds adrift of the race win. Mossey took sixth and with it the BSB Rider’s Cup as Peter finished an agonising 18 points adrift in ninth.
Peter Hickman: “It’s not how we wanted to finish the season as, obviously, we had high hopes of taking the BSB Rider’s Cup this weekend but we’ve ultimately come up just short. Getting punted wide in today’s first race hurt me hard and I’ve struggled for grip in all three races so it’s been tough going. Overall though, we’ve had a good season and can be pleased with what we’ve achieved despite having some bad luck along the way. Taking three podiums, and in the dry, was the undoubted highlight and I feel like I’ve ridden well all year so a big thanks to the whole team for all their support in 2015.”
Lee Hardy, Team Owner: “It’s been a bit of a disappointing end to our 2015 BSB season as nothing’s really happened for us this weekend. We weren’t able to challenge for that seventh place overall as we would have liked and had grip issues all weekend, something that we weren’t ultimately able to resolve. The races were incredibly tight, none more so than the last one and, overall, we can be pleased with our season. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster but we’re in a good place and very much looking forward to 2016 now. A massive thank you to all our sponsors this season for giving us tremendous support and a great package to go racing with – without them, none of it would have been achievable.”
The British Superbike Championship season may be over but Peter and the team have one more outing with the Macau Grand Prix taking place on November 17-19.
Picture by Tim Keeton – Impact Images Photography
British Superbike Championship Race Two – 20 laps
1 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
2 Shane Byrne (Kawasaki)
3 Michael Laverty (BMW)
4 John Hopkins (Ducati)
5 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
6 Lee Jackson (BMW)
12 Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW)
British Superbike Championship Race Three – 20 laps
1 Michael Laverty BMW)
2 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
3 Shane Byrne (Kawasaki)
4 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
5 Christian Iddon (Suzuki)
6 Luke Mossey (Kawasaki)
11 Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW)
Final Championship Standings (after 12 rounds)
1 Brookes 703pts
2 Byrne 662
3 Ellison 614
4 Laverty 601
5 Linfoot 556
6 Bridewell 545
9 Hickman 150