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Hickman holds high hopes for podium repeat at Cadwell Park

Peter Hickman claimed his first podium finish of the season for Smiths Racing BMW last time out at Cadwell Park and now heads into his home round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend ready to fight for a repeat performance.

Hickman heads into the next two races at Cadwell Park just 16 points adrift of Andrew Irwin who currently holds sixth place in the standings with five races remaining before the Showdown. The Lincolnshire rider has had plenty of success in the past at his home round and arrives this weekend determined to replicate it again at a crucial part of the season.

Hickman said: “Obviously Thruxton was a great round for myself and the Smiths Racing BMW team. The bike was working really good from the off. I was a little bit disappointed with race one as I felt like we had the pace to be on the podium; it was only the fact that I got tangled up with another rider with two laps to go in the chicane that put me across the kerb and that lost me time. The top four then suddenly disappeared and I was over a second behind them, which wasn’t ideal. I had got back to them over two laps as I was faster than them so I knew I had the pace to be on the podium but it was then the end of the race.

“Race two was shaping up to be good. I had a good battle with Brookes in the first start and we had a bit of a gap to the guys behind so we had broken them and then it got stopped for the rain. After that it went according to plan; Brookes checked out. I initially thought I could have gone with him but looking back at the lap times I probably wouldn’t have as Brookes was head and shoulders above everyone for that, but the podium was a strong point for us and the first new BMW S 1000 RR podium of 2019.

“I felt I should have had second really, but Redding and Irwin came through on the last corner; I managed to out brake Andy, but Redding was really in deep and messed up the last couple of corners. Then I had to wait just that little bit longer to exit the last corner and that is why Andy was able to drag me to the line. It was a bit of a shame but I felt we deserved the second place after the fight that we had but that is the way it goes, it’s racing.

“Although I dropped a place in the standings from seventh to eighth, I am closer to the Showdown now than I was going into Thruxton and I am only 16 points behind Andy now who is in the final Showdown position in sixth. If you look at the standings, we aren’t even that far behind even Danny or Tarran and it will be all to play for at Cadwell Park.

“Cadwell has been a really strong round for me in the past; last year I had a fourth and a seventh and I was really ill, so if I can turn up next weekend fit and strong and we get a good run through it then we are looking good for the Showdown. We have learnt a lot, the bike is getting stronger and stronger, and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead at Cadwell Park.”

The ninth round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park on September 6/7/8 for the Showdown Title Fighter decider. for more information and to book visit www.oultonpark.co.uk

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