Hicky and his team returned from Imatra, Finland, where they had been competing in the IRRC Road Races on the Trooper Triumph and PHR Performance M 1000 RR. It had been a great weekend and a mixed bag of weather could not keep him off the podium even at a circuit he had never ridden before.
He was in good spirits heading to Snetterton and Round Five of the British Superbike Championship his focus now with the FHO Racing Team.
In Friday’s FP1 and FP2, Hicky left it late to post a fast enough lap to secure qualifying in the second session for Saturday with a 1:49.052 around the Norfolk circuit.
Qualifying was slightly faster, with a 1:48.981 but a crash towards the end of the session meant he couldn’t go any faster, putting him way down the grid for a P17 start for Race One.
In Race One, Hicky found himself locked in a group battle of riders and couldn’t break away. Very frustratingly he wasn’t happy with the bike set-up and faded towards the end of the race and ended up back in P20 to cross the line. A poor lap time meant a P23 start for Race Two.
On Sunday Hicky and the FHO team tried a few changes in the morning warmup, but to no avail. He was happier and faster and ran as high as P14 in Race Two and caught the group in front before crashing out at turn 5.
Race Three ended not long after it started when Hicky got caught up in Franco Bourne’s crash at turn 2 on lap 2. Luckily no injuries but a disastrous weekend overall.
Race 1: 20th – Race 2: DNF – Race 3: DNF
“That’s probably the worst race weekend I think I’ve had in my entire career; I’ve never been as far back on the grid I don’t think even when I started! I had three crashes, obviously one of them wasn’t my fault, we’ve struggled all weekend and it’s been super tough. It’s been hard on the team as much as me, they’ve all been trying 110% as always and unfortunately, I just wasn’t able to give them what they deserve.
The only real positive is in the first race today, as much as I crashed, I was much closer than I had been all weekend. I had been well over a second off the pace the majority of the time, even nearly two seconds off what I did here last year, which is mental to think, but in that second race I actually closed the gap to the leaders to about half a second, so was more in the ballpark.
Starting way back of course doesn’t help, but at least to only be half a second away was a step in the right direction. It was great to see Josh on the podium, he’s proven how good the bike and the team are again and it was a real shame for him to have pulled out of the final race, it seems to have been a sensor issue, which isn’t anyone’s fault.
This weekend has been what is it, we’ll move on and now look forward to Brands Hatch.
Thanks to everyone for your support. Even after such a tough weekend, you’ve all been mega! Even though this weekend hasn’t been what we needed I do have some good news to share, and that is that I’ll be staying with FHO into 2024 alongside Josh again which is fantastic. The team works so well together and me and Josh work well together too so I’m glad Faye has asked us both to stay at this early stage of the season.”