The FHO Racing BMW team are set to return to full force this weekend at Knockhill as Xavi Forés targets his return alongside Peter Hickman, who is aiming to continue his podium-finishing form from Oulton Park.
Hickman arrives at round two feeling confident following the team’s impressive debut with the BMW M 1000 RR at Oulton Park, where together they claimed the first podium finish for the all-new model in the championship. Peter’s consistent performance across the three races means he sits third in the overall standings.
Teammate Forés was sidelined from the opening event due to a small fracture in to his right hand following a crash at Oulton Park. The Spanish contender since then has been working around the clock on his recovery for a Knockhill return, which is the circuit where he claimed pole position and a podium finish on his debut visit in 2019.
Hickman said: “Of course I am looking forward to the weekend at Knockhill, especially as we go into the second round sitting in third place in the championship standings!
“We had a good test there earlier in the year and because it was a two-day test, I did a whole load of laps - we did well over a hundred laps! I feel like we have a good setting to start the weekend with there.
“We do have something new to try there as well which should be interesting, but we will start where we finished the test. At the test, we didn’t have any official times so nobody knows completely where everyone was at, so there is a lot of fun and games when it comes to talking times! However, I feel like I was in a really good place on the FHO Racing BMW, as I am more of a racer than a tester.
“The new BMW M 1000 RR is awesome, the team are working so hard too and I can’t wait to get started.”
Forés added: “It has been busy for me doing everything I can to be ready for these next races. Knockhill is an event I have been waiting for because it is the circuit where I got my first pole position in BSB and I also was on the podium there in 2019, so I have good memories from the circuit.
“Hopefully I can be strong there and my injury is much better. I think the weather will always play a part too, but that is the same for everybody. We had a good test there pre-season and the BMW M 1000 RR already felt good so we need to see how the weekend goes. But I know I want to be back and fighting for the podium in all three races for sure.”
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