Silverstone the next target for frustrated Hickman
DESPITE being on the outside looking in as the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship entered its Showdown endgame at Assen, Peter Hickman still has plenty to fight for.
Hickman had a frustrating day at the office in the Netherlands after producing one of his best qualifying performances of the season so far to start tenth on the grid for race one.
He was forced to pull in on the 12th lap however, although things did get slightly better for the Buildbase BMW rider in race two.
Hickman produced a more confident display to finish 16th – although the day belonged to Josh Brookes who took a two-point lead in the Showdown after a second in race one and win in race two.
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But Hickman is desperate to spend the rest of the BSB campaign getting the most he can out of his bike – with his future in the sport potentially on the line.
"Obviously it's deflating to not be in the Showdown, but I have known I wouldn't be for most of the season," said Hickman.
"I can't afford to get caught up too much in it all.
"The Buildbase bike has shown glimpses of speed and promise the entire time I've been on it.
"There's no reason why I can't be back up there by the end of this season. For us it's now a case of getting results on the track because for a lot of us it's about securing a ride for next season."
The BSB paddock returns to British shores quickly with the penultimate round of the season set for another iconic circuit in Silverstone this weekend.
And Hickman is looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere at one of the most famous race tracks in the world.
"Silverstone is a track I know and I like and so I'm hoping to get a good weekend under my belt," he said.