From a real road racing perspective, the opening 20 lap British Superbike encounter at Knockhill, wasn’t entirely positive to put it mildly.
On course for a solid fourth place finish, Peter Hickman’s challenge was to cruelly conclude on the 20th and final lap.
Prior to his misfortune, FHO Racing’s lead challenger had early on, set the fastest lap of the race as he mixed it with eventual rostrum finishers Christian Iddon, Jason O’Halloran and Danny Buchan.
Speaking post race via Twitter Ulster GP, TT lap record holder Hickman stated:
“Gutted, the bike was working really well but unfortunately, some engine trouble with half a lap to go. So really disappointing for us all at FHO Racing BMW. Start 4th on the grid for tomorrow so onwards and upwards.”
For Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin, fortunes proved a touch better as the unofficial Triangle course took a battling 12th, finishing just under two seconds behind reigning BSB Champion Josh Brookes.
Rounding up the International roads runners, York’s Joe Thompson was a non starter whilst the Republic of Ireland’s Brian McCormack, race challenge ended on lap 15.
Subsequently after a drama filled finish, Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston doubled his Quattro Group British Supersport/GP2 podium finishes tally for 2021.
Looking set to place fourth overall, the 20th and final lap would see the reigning back to back Steve Henshaw Gold Cup winner, move up to third following long term race leader Kyle Smith’s incident.
Johnston’s latest podium finish, leaves him just 25 points in arrears to current Championship leader, opening Knockhill Supersport race victor, Bradley Perie.
Fellow regular Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough front runner Jim Hind, looked in decent fettle on way to gaining a respectable 18th place finish overall, 12th place finish in terms of Supersport competitors.
Tomorrow’s middleweight class action the 26 lap feature race is scheduled to kick off from 3:45 PM.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou