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CHALLENGING WEEKEND AT SILVERSTONE

The Global Robots BMW team were back in race action with round three of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship taking place at Silverstone, and although Peter Hickman added eight points to his tally, with a best finish of 11th, the meeting was overshadowed by team-mate Alex Olsen suffering serious injuries.

28 year old Olsen crashed during Saturday’s Datatag Qualifying session after oil had been deposited on the track from another rider’s machine and with six riders in total crashing, Alex remained conscious throughout as he was attended to immediately by the BSB medical staff before being taken by helicopter to Coventry hospital where he is now receiving treatment for his injuries.   The Kent rider had been enjoying an upturn in fortunes with some strong lap times in free practice with Hickman doing likewise and following qualifying, Hickman lined up in 17th on the grid for Saturday’s opening 25-lap race but wasn’t able to advance forward as much as he would have liked and had to settle for 14th at the chequered flag.

Sixth place in this Sunday’s warm-up put the Lincoln-based rider in a more confident mood for the two races today, which were to be held over the slightly longer distance of 30 laps. A solid start saw him maintain his starting position of 14th and here he remained until lap seven when he was moved up the order after fellow BMW rider Luke Mossey retired.   Lap times were again close, which made overtaking difficult, but Hickman pushed hard all the way until the end and was rewarded with 11th place, less than half a second adrift of tenth placed Hector Barbera. It would prove to be his best result of the weekend although he did claim another championship point in the third and final race with a 15th place finish.

Peter Hickman: “To say it’s been a tough, and frustrating, weekend would be an understatement and firstly my thoughts are with Alex so hopefully he’ll make a swift recovery. With regards to my weekend, we’ve made every possible change you can think of but the feeling with the bike has still been the same and the tyre change for 2020 has really hit us and the bike hard. With the amount of changes we’ve made, it’s hard to know what else we can do and all the other BMW riders seem to be in the same position. The bike itself doesn’t feel too bad but we’re just not fast enough or competitive enough so it’s a hard one to take right now. The amount of hard work from the team has been unreal so that’s what we’ll continue to do.”

Darren Smith, Team Co-ordinator: “2020 is proving to be an unbelievably tough year and first and foremost our thoughts are with Alex; we all wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back as soon as possible. As for the weekend on the track, even though we tried a lot of new parts on the bike this round compared to the last, as well as countless set-up changes, we’ve still ended up with the same result. We really have tried everything, some of the changes sitting definitely in the ‘out the box’ category, but we haven’t been able to move forward and we’re stuck midfield with the rest of the BMW riders. It’s certainly not where we should be so we’ll keep working hard and do everything we can to resolve matters at the next round.”

Rebecca Pullin, Team Owner: “Alex suffered a number of serious injuries in the crash after being struck by another machine and is understandably pretty beaten up. We don’t expect his recovery to be a quick one but we’ll keep everyone updated when we know more and a big thank you to the BSB medical staff and all Racesafe marshals.”

Championship Standings (after nine races)

1 Glenn Irwin (Honda) 157pts

2 Tommy Bridewell (Ducati) 122

3 Josh Brookes (Ducati) 122

4 Kyle Ryde (Suzuki) 114

5 Jason O’Halloran (Yamaha) 113

6 Christian Iddon (Ducati) 106

15 Peter Hickman (Global Robots BMW)

25 17 Alex Olsen (Global Robots BMW) 8

 

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