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Revved-up Peter Hickman has Superbike aim at Ulster Grand Prix

By Paul Lindsay

Published 29/07/2016

In the groove: Peter Hickman heads to Ulster Grand Prix in confident mood
In the groove: Peter Hickman heads to Ulster Grand Prix in confident mood

BSB star and reigning MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race winner Peter Hickman is counting down the days to this year's event at Dundrod, where his only goal is another Superbike top step.

The 29-year-old, who made his debut at the UGP in 2014 and became the event's fastest ever newcomer, has set himself up as a major force on the pure road racing scene and will be one of the leading contenders on the famous 7.4-mile Dundrod circuit.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider, who won the opening BSB race of the season at Silverstone and currently sits 10th in the table, said: "I've done a lot more riding than most of the guys thanks to the MCE British Superbike Championship which has been going really well.

"My first road race over at the North West was really good and I'm looking forward now to getting back on the bike at the Ulster Grand Prix where I had my first international road race win.

"It might give me a bit of an advantage to keep riding and keep bike fit, but the two disciplines are very different, so I do have some difficulty trying to transfer between the two. It is actually quite difficult."

Hickman joined the GBmoto Racing Kawasaki team for his 2016 campaign and will be riding the factory supported Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Superbike and ZX-10R Superstock machines at the MCE UGP.

"The Kawasakis have a proven pedigree against riders like Hutchy (Ian Hutchinson) and Michael Dunlop and I'm really confident they will suit the roads at Dundrod," said Hickman.

The MCE Insurance UGP week will take place between August 8 and 13 at Dundrod. Visit www.ulstergrandprix.net

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