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Opinion: Hicky Proves He’s The Real Deal

With a near perfect record this week at Dundrod, Peter Hickman proved in full why he is the real deal, when it comes to the international roads events.

Backing up his dominant qualifying form, Thursday evening saw him at the time become the world’s fastest road racer, lapping at 134.21 mph on his way to Dundrod 150 Superbike success.

In a chilled/calm frame of mind, MCE Ulster GP race day began with another record breaking performance in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Superstock race.

Powering to a new class lap record of 132.77 mph, a commanding display aboard the stock Smiths Racing BMW saw him victorious by plus 4.5 seconds.

Perhaps not regarded as a specialist on 600 machinery, he showcased yesterday you cannot under estimate him within the middleweight class.

Winner of two absolutely thrilling Supersport races, the combination of the TROOPER backed Triumph and Hicky, proved ultimately to formidable despite the now six times international road race winner, been clearly down on power compared to his main challengers.

Photo by Rod Neill

Favourite for honours in both big bike races, the feature Superbike race, would see him lead the BMW challenge just missing out on victory by under 0.3 of a second.

Although race day ended in disappointment with a non finish, in the Around A Pound Superbike race nothing could take away from his momentous achievements in recent days at Dundrod.

A very complete rider, in my opinion Peter has no weaknesses, he’s quick, has a great temperament, a good team player and is extremely astute when it comes to race tactics.

Now a six times international road race winner, in my opinion he has every chance of recording at minimum 30 or more international wins, depending how long he decides to compete within the real roads scene.

Already regarded by many, as been on the same level as roads professors Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson, he’s certain to be wanted by multiple teams going into next season, where he will be targeting in particular maiden Mountain Course glories at TT 2018.

Words by Stevie Rial