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Hickman and Smiths Racing BMW celebrate first podium for new S 1000 RR

Peter Hickman and Smiths Racing BMW scored their first podium finish of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship season at Thruxton last weekend, giving the new BMW S 1000 RR its debut podium in the series.

Hickman arrived in Hampshire with a strong history at the track having scored four podiums from the past four races at the circuit and started the weekend by topping the opening two free practice sessions before qualifying on the front row.

In the opening race Hickman was fiercely in contention, battling with the leading pack before ending the race in fifth place and even more determined for the final race of the weekend. Hickman was constantly sparring for the podium finish and claimed third place in the eight-lap sprint to give the 2019 Smiths BMW S 1000 RR its first podium of the season which puts him just 16 points adrift of sixth place in the standings ahead of his home round at Cadwell Park.

Hickman said: “It was great to get BMW’s first podium with the new S 1000 RR in BSB; it is good thing for us. The Smiths Racing BMW team worked really well all weekend and we had a good setting early doors, which was fantastic.

“I was a little bit disappointed with race one as I felt I had the pace for the podium and I was in the pack the whole time. Just at the end of lap 16-17, I am not even sure who it was, but someone tried to run around the outside of me at the chicane and the inside into the left and it pushed me into the kerb, so I lost all the drive. I was then a second back on the leading boys and the front four had pulled away, so it took me the next two laps to try and get that back again. I had the pace to actually gain it back to them but by the time I had done that it was the last lap and all too late.

“Our bike isn’t the fastest on track at the moment, it is still standard, as all the BMWs are at the moment, so we are lacking a bit of horsepower and we noticed it on the back straight at Thruxton especially as I am not a little lightweight jockey like most of the guys! It makes the racing more difficult for us but the bike was working really, really well.

“I had to get my elbows out a bit; me and Andy were bashing elbows and fairing a bit in that race but it was all good fun and now I am looking forward to Cadwell Park!”

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