Name: Peter Hickman
Date of Birth: April 8th, 1987
Place of Birth: Burton-upon-Trent, England
Races competed: British Superbike Championship & International road races (Isle of Man TT, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix)
Getting into biking:
Peter Hickman’s father Dave won the Manx GP Lightweight in 1977 and raced in the TT twice. At the age of one Peter was taken to his first TT, strangely not returning until 2013. His first racing appearance at the TT came the following year.
Hickman’s racing career started on the track however, where he won the National Superstock 1000 Cup Championship in 2004. This led to him making his British Superbike Championship debut in 2006, where he finished 18th.
Career Highlights (pre-2018):
Taking road racing by storm and constantly surprising the riding world has to be up there with Hickman’s achievements. None more so than winning the 2015 Macau GP, whereby he beat household names such as John McGuinness, Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp, as essentially a newcomer, having been forced to withdraw the previous year after the opening qualifying sessions. Going on to retain his title in 2016 must also be up there with Hickman’s finest moments.
The year previous was also a very successful for Hickman which saw him set the fastest ever newcomer laps at the Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200.
Having taken his first win at the event in 2015, the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix was somewhat dominated by Hickman, winning the Dundrod 150 Superbike race and then going on to win the Superstock race and both Supersport encounters on the feature race day. This was also the year he fulfilled the potential shown in previous years at the Isle of Man TT with a superb five podiums from his five races.
Hickman should also be praised for his consistency in BSB 2017, only failing to finish one race out of 26, which came at a very wet Silverstone which saw only seven riders cross the finish line. With first and second at Thruxton, Peter finished in fourth overall to confirm his tag as the best all-rounder currently competing in the UK.
2018 proved to be a historic and remarkable year for Hickman, where he was victorious at all four of the international events he competed in.
The year started well for Hickman, taking a win in the Bayview Hotel Superstock race at the North West 200, with a best lap time of 4:24.066 at an average speed of 122.288mph. Racing for Smith’s Racing BMW, Hickman beat Alastair Seeley over the line by just over half a second to get his impressive road racing campaign underway.
The roles were reversed in the North West 200 CP Hire Superstock race however, with Seeley pipping Hickman to the post, meaning Peter was on the podium again, this time as runner-up.
During practice week at the Isle of Man Hickman showed great pace, with many tipping him to win a TT although race week got off to a disappointing start for Peter, having to retire early in the Superbike encounter.
This was put right in the Superstock race however, where Hickman rode the 2018 BMW S1000RR to 1st place, despite being 20 seconds down at Glen Helen after having to loop around the tree before getting back on track at Braddan Bridge. As well as picking up a TT win, Hickman also smashed the Superstock lap record with a fastest lap of 134.403mph.
Hickman played a huge part in what was one of the best Senior TT races of all time, where he beat Dean Harrison over the line by just over 2 seconds in a race that was heavily contested throughout. Yet again, Peter did not just take the win, he ripped up the history book, and his remarkable 135.452mph lap saw him become the first rider to lap the Mountain Course at over 135mph, this now meaning that of the six sector records, Hickman holds three of them.
Hickman also found himself on the podium at the TT in the Supersport 1 and Supersport 2 races, where he came 3rd and 2nd respectively, riding the 2015 Triumph Daytona 675.
Hickman’s dominance on the roads did not stop there, with Supersport and Superbike wins at the Ulster Grand Prix, as well as finishing the year with his third Macau GP win in four years.
As well as being one of the most famous faces on the road racing scene, Hickman also competed in the British Superbike Championship for Smiths Racing BMW. Hickman came 5th on 577 points, just 7 points off Josh Brookes in 4th and 11 points behind Glen Irwin who came 3rd. He was again on the podium at Thruxton with another being taken at Assen.
Hickman remained with Smiths Racing for 2019 where his programme would be the same – the British Superbike Championship and all of the International road races – where he would ride the all-new BMW S1000RR.
Having only took delivery of the bike at the beginning of April, the early season British Superbike Championship races saw steady progress made but at the North West 200, Hickman gave the German brand their first International win with the new bike as he won the first Superstock race. That proved to be his only result from the meeting as weather conditions caused him to opt out of Saturday’s races.
Onto the TT and he picked up from where he’d left off in 2018 as he won the shorted Superbike race and then did the same in the Superstock encounter, setting the fastest lap in each. Another win was taken in the second Supersport race – his first TT win in the 600cc division – and with second place finishes in both the opening Supersport and Senior races, he again won the Joey Dunlop Championship, awarded to the best performing rider of the week.
The results were improving each week in the British Superbike Championship with his first podium of the year coming at Thruxton at the beginning of August, which put him right back into contention for the Showdown and he then went to the Ulster Grand Prix where he became the fastest road racer in the world with a stunning new outright lap record of 136.415mph.
Not only that, he became the first rider to win seven races at the meeting, including five in single day, as he simply dominated proceedings and firmly proved he’s the best racer currently competing on the roads.
What do you aspire to if you’ve achieved great things in nearly all races possible? More of the same! Having won races at all of the International meetings in 2019, repeating this will be a top target for Hickman in 2020 whilst he’ll again be looking to secure a ‘Showdown’ position in the British Superbike Championship as he has done in the previous two season.
Career Achievements – at a glance:
- Fastest road racer in the world with an outright lap record at the 2019 Ulster Grand Prix of 136.415mph
- 2019 Superbike, Superstock and Supersport TT 2 race winner
- 2019 Senior and Supersport 1 – second
- 2019 Joey Dunlop TT Championship winner
- 2018 Isle of Man Senior TT race winner with a new outright lap record of 135.452mph
- 2018 Isle of Man Superstock TT race winner with a new lap record of 134.403mph
- 2018 Supersport Isle of Man TT races – second and third
- Five podiums from five races at the 2017 Isle of Man TT races – second (Superbike and Senior) and third (Supersport 1 & 2, Lightweight)
- Winner of the 2014 Newcomers Trophy
- Has now finished 25 races at the TT, standing on the podium on 14 occasions and winning 24 silver and 1 bronze replica
- Fastest newcomer in TT history with a 129mph+ lap in 2014 – also achieved this feat at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix in the same year
- Triple Macau Grand Prix winner, with victory in 2015, 2016 and 2018 – also finished second in 2017
- 13-time winner of the Ulster Grand Prix winner including seven wins from seven starts in 2019 and a hat-trick in 2017
- North West 200 race winner in 2018 and 2019
- British Superbike Championship race winner and won the 2016 BSB Rider’s Cup
- Fourth overall in the British Superbike Championship in 2017
- Fifth overall in the British Superbike Championship in 2018