Peter Hickman took his first podium finish for the new BMW S 1000 RR in this weekend’s British Superbike Championship (BSB SBK) superbike class at Thruxton.
The opening race saw Hickman at the front of the field for much of the race which he actually led for a period, but he had to settle for fifth in the end, just a second behind the winner, Andrew Irwin.
The Smiths Racing Team rider then went on to finish third in the second of the two races at the Hampshire circuit, which was won by Wiser Ducati’s Josh Brookes, taking him closer to the championship lead. The much delayed second race was plagued by red flags and the restart reduced to just eight laps, making for an exciting final sprint for the chequered flag.
Hickman said after the race that “We were fast all weekend, right from the first practice session. It is nice to end the weekend with a podium, as we have all earned it.”
Tyco BMW Motorrad team’s Christian Iddon managed to get in among the frontrunners in the opening race but unfortunately dropped back to 17th in the closing laps. Iddon did better in race two to finish sixth. His new team-mate at Tyco BMW Glenn Irwin, made his debut on the RR here at Thruxton this weekend to finish eleventh in race one but failed to finish race two.
In the Superstock race (BSB STK), BMW rider Taylor Mackenzie (Bathams Racing) took his fourth win of the season, while Alex Olsen (Team IMR) finished fifth and Andrew Reid (Tyco BMW) was eighth.
This season there are a total of 26 championship classes in 21 racing series taking place in 26 countries around the world that count towards the 2019 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy ranking. For more information please visit: www.bmw-motorrad-motorsport.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
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