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Hickman king of the roads with wins at three internationals

Peter Hickman admitted his win in the Superbike race at the 2018 Ulster Grand Prix felt a bit ‘strange’ with the victory being awarded after just two laps of the race had been completed.

Rain brought the race - scheduled for seven laps - to come to an abrupt end and as the weather worsened, the remaining races were cancelled.

It meant Hickman, like other riders, had three of his races cancelled over the course of the two days of racing around Dundrod but, in the four that did take place, he came away with two wins, a second and a fifth to pick up the Man of the Meeting trophy for the second year running.


“It’s a bit odd winning a Superbike race which only had two laps and it feels a bit strange to be honest,” Hickman said afterwards. “It should have been a seven lap race but the weather meant we only got two laps in so, in a way, it doesn’t feel like a proper win but, on the other hand, the Superstock race got stopped when I was leading and I had to settle for second on the countback so I guess it’s swings and roundabouts.

“It’s been a bit of a stop-start meeting with the weather conditions making it difficult for everyone and we ended up losing three of our scheduled races but to come away with two wins and a second today has been very pleasing.

“It could have been three wins as I felt really comfortable in the Superstock race and was just biding my time behind Dean before making my move on lap five. As soon as I got by, I opened up a lead but with the red flag coming out and the result going back a lap, I had to settle for second.

“There were no such issues in the Supersport race though and I just got my head down from the start. It’s difficult to make a break around here but I managed to do that and the little Triumph was flying.

“It’s such a shame the rain brought an end to the day but I’m happy for myself and happy for the team that we got the results we did while it’s also nice to win races at each of the International road races this year as that’s something that not many people have done.”

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