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Peter Hickman Smiths Racing Knockhill

HICKMAN DIGS DEEP FOR TOP TEN FINISHES AT KNOCKHILL

The Smiths Racing BMW team were in action at Knockhill in Scotland for round five of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship and although it was a challenging three days for the Gloucester-based team, Peter Hickman dug deep on race day to reward the team with two hard fought top ten finishes.

Having qualified in 16th place for the opening 30-lap race, 31-year-old Hickman knew it was going to be tough around the 1.2-mile Fife circuit with overtaking extremely difficult given the tight nature of the circuit and the close proximity of the times. Nevertheless, a good start saw the Lincoln ace immediately up into the points where his efforts were eventually rewarded with a solid tenth place.

It meant he started the second race from 12th place on the grid, and although it looked like he’d have to settle for 11th place, Hicky kept pushing until the end and a tenth place finally became his with just a few laps to go. Fighting until the very last lap, Peter was duly rewarded with his second top ten finish of the day to move into 11th place overall in the championship table.

Team-mate Sylvain Barrier qualified in 20th place for the first race where he unfortunately retired just after half race distance but the Frenchman, on his debut at the tight and twisty track, regrouped for the second race and was rewarded with a solid 17th place finish, just missing out on the points.

Peter Hickman: “It’s been a really tough weekend for myself and the team so a massive thank you to them as they’ve really dug deep and worked hard over the entire weekend to try and find out what we were missing. We never quite found it, but we did improve and considering we were so far back in qualifying, to take two tenth places is OK as it could have been a lot worse. We’ll work hard again to ensure Brands Hatch is better.”

Sylvain Barrier: “It’s been a challenging weekend for me and Knockhill is a type of circuit that I’m not used so it’s been very tough. It’s tight, twisty and not very long but I kept pushing all weekend so it’s a shame I wasn’t able to add to my points tally. The team have worked hard all weekend, as always, and I’m looking forward to going back to Brands Hatch for the second time and getting some better results.”

Darren Jones, Team Co-ordinator: “It was another tough weekend where we made a lot of unusual changes to the bike but no matter what we tried, the lap times never came for either rider. The team kept their spirits up and worked through a number of things to improve the lap consistently for race pace. We now look forward to Brands Hatch which is a track that should suit our bike better.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship race one (30 laps)

1 Jake Dixon (Kawasaki)

2 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)

3 Danny Buchan (Kawasaki)

4 Glenn Irwin (Ducati)

5 Bradley Ray (Suzuki)

6 Michael Laverty (BMW)

10 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)

DNF Sylvain Barrier (Smiths Racing BMW)

 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship race two (30 laps)

1 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)

2 Jake Dixon (Kawasaki)

3 Danny Buchan (Kawasaki)

4 Glenn Irwin (Ducati)

5 Michael Laverty (BMW)

6 Christian Iddon (BMW)

10 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)

17 Sylvain Barrier (Smiths Racing BMW)

 

Championship Standings (after five rounds)

1 Haslam 210pts

2 Dixon 136

3 Ray 112

4 Irwin 105

5 Byrne 98

6 Buchan 95

11 Hickman 52

 

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