Peter Hickman will be back in the WorldSBK mix at Donington Park next week as FHO Racing makes its FIM Superbike World Championship debut.
Hickman’s third showing as a WorldSBK wildcard - having appeared in both 2012 and 2019 - will be a first for the Faye Ho led outfit as the Prosecco DOC UK round kicks off on July 15-17.
The multiple TT, international roads and BSB winner will take to the track aboard the FHO BMW M 1000 RR he has been riding all season in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and international road races, although it will feature a different WSBK-spec electronics package.
“I’m mega excited to get a chance to have a go at the World Superbikes,” Hickman said of the announcement. “I’ve done it twice – once in 2012 with Worx Suzuki and again in 2019 with the BMW World Superbike team but both times were last minute arrangements, jumping on bikes I had never seen before.
“This time I’ll be riding my FHO Racing BMW which I race in the British Superbike Championship so that will be good. We are having to work on raising the electronics package to World Superbike spec which will change things quite a lot which could be interesting but we’ll see.
“I think it’s fantastic that we’re getting the chance to do this as a team and it’s all down to Faye. She’s owned the team for a year and a half and we’ve already done BSB, North West 200, Isle of Man TT and now we’re getting to do a World Superbike wildcard which is pretty cool.
“It’ll be good for everyone in the team to get to do a World Superbike round together, we’ve all done bits here and there but not as a team so I think it’s going to be a really great thing for us all.”
“I’m thrilled to be able to announce FHO Racing’s participation in the UK round of the FIM Superbike World Championship,” Team Principal Faye Ho confirmed. “We have already had a very busy 2022 but this opportunity has presented itself and as a team, we’ve jumped at it.
“The team has already demonstrated its strength in British Superbikes and on the roads but we are always keen to push ourselves and expand into new areas where possible, so joining the WorldSBK grid at Donington Park was the next step.
“Peter has some experience, having taken part in this event twice before and many of the crew have worked in the series before so we will be arriving with some knowledge and we are looking forward to learning more as we go.
“We will be heading into this event mainly for the experience but we are eager to learn and continue to grow as a team and this is something I feel will benefit the whole team going forward.”