Hickman returns with the RAF Reserves Team for 2015

Peter Hickman has become the 38th rider to confirm his place on the grid for the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

The 27-year-old will once again ride for the RAF Reserves Team in 2015 which is just their second season in BSB.

Hickman joined up with the team at the Knockhill round last year and soon began to push for top-10 finishes.

As Hickman continued to adapt to the Honda Fireblade, he soon found success at the team’s home race at Cadwell Park, when he won his, and the team’s first-ever BSB win.

The RAF Marham-based squad have now swapped from Honda to BMW power ahead of the new season.

After the announcement, Hickman said: “I am really happy to stay with the RAF Reserves team for a second consecutive season, to have that consistency is something I haven’t really had in the past. The team are changing manufacturers for this season, I am behind the move to BMW and I am really excited. I hope that we can push forward this season; I was able to break into the top 10 on the BMW in 2012, so I am feeling really positive about this move.

“My aim is definitely to be in the Showdown and that is something that should be achievable. I had my first win at Cadwell Park last year so I want to be pushing for podiums again and build on what I achieved last season. I really can’t wait to get started.”

Team owner, Lee Hardy, is looking forward to the fresh challenges that lay ahead in his team’s second BSB campaign.

Hardy said: “I thought my first season in MCE BSB was a test of team management, but 2015 is certainly going to be a whole new challenge. The change of machinery has been one decision that has taken a lot of deliberating, but one I feel will take the team forward and help deliver my three-year plan. We are currently in the process of building a 2015 BMW S1000RR and I am working with new manufactures to give Pete the best bike possible.”