Peter Hickman sees off Seeley and takes his first North West 200 win
Peter Hickman gave a masterclass in a thrilling Superstock race at this year’s North West 200. Taking the win after a courageous last lap move on Tyco BMW’s Alastair Seeley.
The Smith’s BMW rider was hungry from the start, after a 30-minute delay due to oil on the track, the flag finally dropped, and Peter took the holeshot. Diving straight into P1 he, unfortunately, ran wide into the first corner leaving Micheal Dunlop to take the lead.
With true grit, Peter kept his head down, and an exciting battle with Seeley continued over the delayed six-lap race. On the final lap Peter managed to get close enough to pull his bold move at the Juniper Chicane, and as Seeley fought hard to regain the lead, he was nearly high sided from his S1000RR. Peter managed to make the move stick and rode to victory and a standing ovation from the crowd.
Before the podium, Seeley and Hickman were seen shaking hands; clearly, both enjoyed the battle.
This success comes after a hard start to the evenings racing after not qualifying for the Supersport race on the Iron Maiden Trooper bike. Stewards decided to exclude Peter due to the team only registering two of the required five laps across both Supersport qualifying sessions
Peter Hickman “It’s been a tough, frustrating start to the year but I am so happy for the Smiths BMW team who have worked so hard for so long. They deserve this. We had a little controversy over the Supersport this evening, so it was essential to get out there and get the job done. Seeley is so fast on the coast road, but I had a mega pace down there, going into the Juniper Chicane on the last lap I knew I had one chance left. I wasn’t going to not win that race.”
Peter now prepares for Saturday’s Superbike races and then will head straight off to the IOM TT races with Smiths Racing, looking to add another maiden win to his name.