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Peter Hickman appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Red675, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. Red675

    Red675

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    Cant think of a more versatile rider in the world of motorbikes?

    TT, BSB, Macau, Endurance, now riding and winning "off season" down under!!!.

    Very impressive chap i must say.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503424&objectid=12182824

    He may have started off a little slowly but, by the end of the 2018 Suzuki Series, British motorcycling superstar Peter Hickman showed he was very fast indeed.

    A first-time visitor to New Zealand, the 31-year-old from Lincolnshire could hardly have been expected to dominate the leading Kiwis, each of them with many seasons under their wheels on the series' various venues – Taupo's Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon in Feilding and then the public streets of Whanganui for the famous Cemetery Circuit raceway on Boxing Day.

    But Hickman demonstrated that he was a fast learner.

    He is also the 2018 Isle of Man champion and so perhaps there really should have been no surprise that he would be a potent force in the glamour Formula One class.

    He managed only 11th overall at the series opener at Taupo on December 9 – thanks to a little run-in with another rider and off-track excursion in one of his two races there – but then Hickman scored impressive back-to-back wins at Manfeild a week later and, with that, he rocketed up to third in the series standings.

    His Isle of Man experience really kicked into play at Whanganui on Wednesday.

    Hickman is no stranger to racing a break-neck speeds close to curbs, gutters, telephone poles and hay bales and this showed when he took to the Whanganui streets for the traditional series finale.

    Hickman finished eighth and then third in his two F1 races at Whanganui, enough to see him rise from third overall and to settle for series runner-up in the class, but even better was still to come.

    Stuck in traffic at the start of the 10-lap Robert Holden Memorial feature race, Hickman had his work cut out.

    Taupo's Scotty Moir, the 2017 F1 series winner who had just made it two-in-a-row on his Suzuki GSX-R1000, was out in front in the feature and fast disappearing into the distance, setting a lap record in the process, while Hickman was back in about seventh position.

    Hickman dramatically cut his way towards the front and, on the final lap he pounced on Moir, catching the Bay of Plenty man unaware and snatching the win just metres from the end.

    Everybody in the large crowd was on their feet and cheering. They had been royally entertained by road-racing royalty.

    "I was too far back at the start here because of the lack of practice [on this circuit]," Hickman explained.

    "I did six laps in practice and five laps in qualifying and that's just not enough. I was a long way back on the grid, in 11th, in both the F1 races.

    "I got baulked a little bit at the start of the Robert Holden race and Scotty [Moir], to be fair, had just absolutely cleared off. He was well gone.

    "I came through the pack and when I got near the front there were probably only two laps left.

    "I was really in the groove and doing my own thing and then I saw that I was closing in loads on Scotty.

    "He must have been watching his [pit signal] boards and backed off a bit, but he backed off a bit too much, I guess.

    "I thought to myself 'this might be possible', so just kept my head down and when he came out of the second-to-last corner he didn't really gas it as much as he probably should have done and he braked slightly early too for the last turn and I thought 'sod it' and went straight underneath him.

    "It must have made him jump, I would have thought, because he probably wouldn't have been expecting it.

    "I'm massively happy for the Carl Cox Motorsport drew because they've put in so much work.
     
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  2. Frogcake

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    Yeah I'm a big fan. I remember when he got his first BSB win at that wet Cadwell Park. I think he'd only joined the team halfway through that season after Simon Andrews was lost.
     
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