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Peter Hickman flirts with lap record as he blitzes his way to Superstock pole

Peter Hickman
Peter Hickman

Superstock favourite Peter Hickman looks in imperious form as he flirted with the Superstock lap record during second practice at the North West 200.

The Englishman flew around the track in a time of 4:23.604, less than a second off the lap record and a full 1.64 seconds ahead of Glenn Irwin in second.

Hickman, on his BMW, was at one point 3.5 seconds ahead of his next closest challenger, Michael Dunlop, however two late laps from Irwin and James Hillier on Kawasakis closed the gap.

Irwin crossed to take second place on the grid just before the end of the session, followed in by Hillier who was a further 0.586 seconds adrift.

Dunlop, meanwhile, heads the second row of the grid after finishing fourth, with the top six finishers - Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison finishing the second row - all setting their fastest times today.

The session came to a premature end due to a red flag after a minor incident that saw one rider come off the track but not require any medical assistance.

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