Peter Hickman and the RAF Marham-based RAF Reserves BMW team had a tough day at the office at Snetterton on Sunday with the Louth rider picking up 12th and 15th place finishes from the two British Superbike Championship races.
Morning warm-up more than showed what Hickman was capable of as he posted the sixth fastest time to give them a great amount of optimism but it was always going to be a big ask coming from 21st on the grid. Nevertheless, the 28-year old battled hard to the end and was duly rewarded with 12th place.
He was able to start the second 16-lap race from the more advanced position of 15th but he got pushed wide on the opening lap and it dropped him back down to 19th. Hickman managed to claw his way up to 15th at the chequered flag to pick up another Championship point.
Lee Hardy, team owner, said: “It’s definitely been a tough day at the office and whilst you always want to do well at one of your local rounds, nothing’s really gone for us this weekend.
“We tried to put on something special for everyone and Peter’s ride in the first race, going from 21st to 12th, was certainly a very good effort.
“It was points on the board which is exactly what we needed but times are so close this season throughout the field that every race is hard. We got another point in race two but we’ll regroup for the next round and look to get back at the sharp end.”
Hickman is 15th overall on 31 points. The next round takes place in two week’s time at Knockhill, Scotland.