After a sensational performance in race two at Silverstone, Peter Hickman felt he could have finished higher than seventh had he not injured his shoulder in Sunday's opening race. The Tyco Honda rider stayed with the leading group from start to finish in an explosive race but felt the pain from his shoulder stopped him from challenging the riders in front of him.
“It was probably good for everyone to watch as everyone continually swapped places – but not so good sitting there in seventh at the end. I got a better start in race one and that gave me the edge to run closer to the front. My shoulder wasn't giving me too much pain but it kept collapsing in the corners – I just didn't seem to have enough strength in the last four or five laps.”
“Big thanks to the team again though, they worked their arses off all weekend and we proved once again that we can run with the front guys.”
Dan Linfoot joined Hickman in the Quay Garage squad this weekend and made an impressive debut, achieving results of 15th and tenth in the two races. The Knaresborough rider has been racing in the Spanish Moto2 Championship since losing his ride with Sorrymate.com Honda and admitted to feeling a little unfamiliar early on.
“We've just been chipping away all weekend. I like the bike but after the super rigid Moto2 chassis, racing a road-based superbike again took some getting used to. I got some arm-pump in the first race where I was fighting the bike too much and then we dropped back. For race two, we had done some work on my arm and made a couple of changes to the bike and went a lot better. I love the bike and the team and can't wait to get to Brands Hatch.”
Meanwhile, Patric Muff continued his consistent season in the EVO class, finishing fifth and fourth, and the Swiss rider was blown away by his first experience of Silverstone.
“Wow, this is some race track. After the other BSB tracks it's so wide and so flat. It's also a long, long lap and very technical but it's been a great experience and I'm happy with the results.”
Team Owner Ian Woollacott was delighted with the performance of each of his riders, especially given the obstacles they were forced to overcome.
“Peter has been unbelievable again this weekend. He's been on the pace every session and despite that 120mph crash, he picked himself up and had a great second race. He's doing an exceptional job for us. For Dan it was his first time on the bike and he did a great job too. He was P10, battling with people with a lot more experience – and people who have been on their bikes all year. He worked well with the team and there's clearly so much more to come from him when he's had more time on the bike at Brands.”
“Patric did a great job again. Another new track for him and every session he's lapped faster.”