MCE British Superbike star Peter Hickman believes that he can challenge for his first-ever international road racing victory at next month’s Ulster Grand Prix.
The 28-year-old impressed on his debut at last year’s event, setting the fastest ever newcomer lap before taking victory in the Dundrod 150 National race.
Hickman will compete with the Briggs Equipment BMW team, which is the same squad that he works with in the RAF Reserves BMW team in BSB.
A confident Hickman said: “I can’t wait to get going at the Ulster, I really enjoyed myself last year. The track seems to suit my style as there are lots of long, flowing corners and it’s easy to get a rhythm.
“The circuit wasn’t too difficult for me to learn. The hardest thing last season was moving from a Honda in BSB to a BMW on different tyres for the roads, but this year it’s the same bike and the same team so we should be strong. I’ve had a lot of time on the bike and my fitness is good again so we’re in a good place.”
Hickman impressed once again at this year’s Isle of Man TT, putting himself within the top ten all-time fastest laps around the famous Mountain Course.
Hickman added: “I’ve had some good results on the roads and I’m confident I can do it at the Ulster. If everything falls into place with the bike and the conditions the podium is definitely possible and I’d like to be in the position to push for the win.”
Practice sessions for the Ulster Grand Prix get underway on Wednesday 5 August, with the racing action taking place on Thursday 6 August and Saturday 8 August.