Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 01 Jun 2014
Isle of Man TT newcomer, Peter Hickman turned a few heads in yesterday’s Dainese Superbike race by taking fourteenth place with a best lap of 126.195mph.
Hickman’s fastest lap is enough to elevate him into second place on the all-time newcomer lap record list, behind Australia’s Josh Brookes who managed a 127.726mph in last year’s Senior race with the Tyco Suzuki squad.
“It was a really good race, I really enjoyed myself and just chilled out” said Hickman, talking to Bike Social after the race. “I’m still trying to take it all in, I’ve still only done twenty laps which is not a lot! I feel really comfortable, I’ve not made any mistakes anywhere so I’m really enjoying myself.
“The Superbike race for me was a practice with a racing start, I got off the line well and just kind of cruised through the six laps really, I didn’t push too hard. Two hours is a long time to be on a bike, probably the longest I’ve ever been on one! I’ve done some endurance before but this is very different.”
Prior to the race, Hickman’s best lap had been a 123.3mph in Friday qualifying. He immediately beat that on the first lap of Saturday’s race with a 123.9mph average speed from a standing start. The Louth rider was competing on a Superstock-spec machine, the only bike he has here at the TT.
“From a standing start on the first lap we did a 123.9mph lap so that was awesome. I’m over the moon with everything to be honest. What people might not realise too is that we are racing a Superstock bike, I only have the one bike here and the only difference for the Superbike and Senior race is that we’ll use slick tyres. I think we were the first stocker home in that race and the first privateer. This is a mega event and I’m really enjoying it.”
Hickman will be back out on Monday afternoon for the Superstock race and once again for the Senior TT on Friday.