Hickman makes shock BSB return with Tsingtao Kawasaki

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 14 Jun 2014

Hickman will rejoin the BSB grid

Peter Hickman will return to British Superbike action this afternoon as he takes Jon Kirkham’s seat in the Tsingtao Kawasaki outfit.

The news comes off the back of a stunning roads campaign for Hickman which saw him become the fastest newcomer ever to take on the Isle of Man TT as he recorded a 129.1mph lap in the Senior TT just last week.

Reports suggest Tsingtao Kawasaki parted ways with Kirkham after a tough two practice sessions on Friday, in which the Derbyshire rider finished 23rd on the timesheets. Keen to get a rider out as soon as possible team owner, Dave Tyson rang Hickman who happened to be on his way to the circuit.

Hickman hasn’t ridden in British Superbikes since the final round of 2013 at Brands Hatch.

“I was coming down to Snetterton anyway to do some pillion laps and a few other bits but Dave rang up and asked if I’d have a wobble around on their bike and see what they thought of it and I thought, yeah why not! It could be a bit of fun if nothing else” said Hickman, speaking to Bike Social.

“I’m not going to finish anywhere this weekend, you can’t just get straight on and be up there but I’ll try my best, have some fun, pull some wheelies for the crowd and see what happens. I am still in TT mode at the moment but we’ll see how I am after session one in qualifying! It’s a bit of a baptism of fire with no free practice or anything but it will be alright. It’s a bike, it’s got two wheels and an engine so we’ll see what happens.

“We’re just going to try it out this weekend, the team needed someone to ride round for all the sponsors and stuff so we’ll see how we go! There’s no pressure or need to be anywhere other than finishing so we’ll see what happens!”

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