Hickman headed to Oulton Park for Round Two of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship feeling upbeat after a positive run out in the Official Test the week before.
On Saturday during FP1 and FP2 Hicky made a good time and secured himself a place in Q2 Qualifying for the Sunday with a 1:34.328 and third over the two sessions.
Sunday’s weather played havoc with light rain causing sketchy conditions just as session one got underway. Hicky stayed out of trouble of the other riders, leaving his best lap until the last lap, a 1:44.667 qualifying in 5th alongside teammate Ryan Vickers on row 2 for race one.
Race One 14 Laps
Hicky got away well but dropped to 6th. Peter and Luke Mossey together, with Brookes ahead of them pursuing the breakaway trio of Skinner, Ray and Ryde. Hicky got past Mossey into Shell Oils. Brookes was next but had broken away, leaving a 1.5 gap to him.
Lap by lap the gap got smaller, 1.3, 1.1, 0.8. with a lap time of 1:34.33 on lap 5.
Catching Brookes, Hicky was waiting for a chance to pass with a chasing Tommy Bridewell behind him. David Johnson crashed heavily ending the race early with a red flag.
Hicky’s fastest lap of the race was 1:34.332 on lap 4
Race Two 18 Laps
Starting from P6, Hicky got a good start slotting in behind Brookes as they headed off.
The leading pack of Ray, Ryde, Jackson and Skinner started to pull a gap with Haslam, Brookes and Hicky in the next group. O’Halloran was starting to close the gap to them, Hicky got past Brookes and up to 7th. The safety car was then deployed after Mossey fell at Druids, bunching the riders back up. Cooling tyres made it a tough restart on lap 11, Peter lost places and was caught by Iddon and O’Halloran, recovering slightly by the end, finishing in 8th place.
Hicky’s fastest lap of the race was 1:34.164 on lap 5.
Race Three 18 Laps
A third second row start but this time Hicky got a bad one, the front wheel coming up allowing Peter to get swallowed up by the rows behind leaving Hicky back in 13th. Tom Neave crashed at the end of lap 1 causing the safety car to be deployed.
Race restart and Hicky got past Storm Stacey to go up to 12th, with Sykes just ahead. It took until lap 15 to finally get passed Sykes and up to 10th and getting 9th by the chequered flag.
Hicky’s fastest lap of the race was 1:34.354 on lap 15.
“It’s been an up and down weekend. We had a bit of a dodgy qualifying but we ended up fifth and I was happy enough with that. In race one, we did okay. I was up with the front group and I would say I was in the fight for second. I was in fifth and with a few laps to go was just about to start making some headway and unfortunately, the red flag came out but that’s the way things go.
“In the second race, I didn’t feel comfortable initially and went backwards a little bit. The safety car came out while I was sixth looking at fifth and after that, I struggled and ended up eighth. In the last one, I just got a bad start, we had a bit of a problem and went backwards and then it was a constant battle.
“We ended up ninth which was the best I could do. It wasn’t ideal but it’s three top 10s, three points finishes and we move on.”