MOTORCYCLING: Hicky is fourth in Superbike TT opener

Peter Hickman finished in a splendid fourth place in the opening race at the 2016 TT festival, setting his best ever lap around the 37.75-mile mountain course with a 132.892mph lap on the last of six laps '“ an amazing feat in only his third year of racing at the TT.
Peter Hickman on his way to fourth place. Photo: www.iomtt.comPeter Hickman on his way to fourth place. Photo:
Peter Hickman on his way to fourth place. Photo:

After completing just three laps on the GBmoto Kawasaki Superbike during practice week, Hicky set off on Saturday morning at the start of the gruelling six lap affair and settled into seventh place on the first lap. The pace was hot with both Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson smashing the lap record at the front of the field.

Hicky, who lives near Cadwell Park, was riding well and completed the first lap in a fast time of 129.435mph. On the second lap, he moved up into sixth position and recorded a lap time of 130.683mph before coming into the pits for the first refuelling stop.

He was up to fifth on lap three and went on to complete lap four in another blistering time of 131.043mph before coming to a halt for his second refuelling stop. It was then a dash through the final two laps to the flag and Hicky upped his speed to overtake Dean Harrison on time to move into fourth place.

He was on a mission and on the final lap retained fourth place and was beginning to catch John McGuinness who was holding third position. The gap in time was more than 30 seconds at the beginning of the lap but Hicky was flying and recorded his fastest ever lap of the TT course with a 132.465mph, finishing in fourth place and shaving a further 10 seconds from the time between himself and McGuinness.

Hicky said: “I am mega happy to join the 132mph club and P4 in the first race of the week is ace. Top job by the team, they were up working at 2am this morning still. But after all the problems, the bike ran mint today.

“In practice on Thursday night, I jumped the bottom of Barregarrow a bit hard and ripped the sump bolt out. I couldn’t get back in time to get out again so had to sit out the rest of the session. Thanks to my team for getting me back out there today and also thanks to my sponsors and fans for their support.”