7th – Peter Hickman
Average poll score out of ten: 6.3
A mainstay of the British Superbike Championship, though Peter Hickman started 2014 on the cusp of a double century of BSB starts with just a single podium to his name, he can proudly label himself a BSB race winner now.
Indeed, that day – in the pouring rain at Cadwell Park – could not have seemed less likely in April when the season got underway without Hickman on the grid, the 27 year-old having been overlooked for a full-time ride during GBmoto's migration to Kawasaki machinery.
Instead turning his attentions to the roads in 2014, Hickman was nonetheless back in BSB action by round three having been identified as the natural substitute for Tsingtao Kawasaki squad.
However, by round four Hickman had moved again, this time to familiar Honda machinery with the RAF Reserves team, reeling in the wake of rider Simon Andrews' tragic death on the North West 200. An emotionally-charged scenario in a tragic year for motorcycle racing in 2014, Hickman could not have plotted a more appropriate tribute to his fallen predecessor.
A local Louth lad, though Hickman has a good record at Cadwell Park, his performance in the second race of the day at Cadwell Park in sodden conditions aboard just one of two Hondas in the field was remarkable in its superiority, snatching the lead on the opening lap and just multiplying his lead until the chequered flag.
A moment to savour for one of the field's best-liked riders, it was a landmark result for the new RAF Reserves Superbike team and a fitting tribute to Andrews around the circuit where he claimed his one and only podium result in BSB.
The momentum of that win would see Hickman recover ground to end the year in 11th place overall, just five points shy of the top ten, despite missing two events. Fortunately, you haven't forgotten his achievements and rewarded him with a fine seventh place in your Rider of the Year poll…
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9. Josh Brookes
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