Peter Hickman has been ruled out of racing at this weekend's round three of the MCE British Superbike at Oulton Park after breaking two ribs in a nasty crash in the wet conditions.

After crashing at Druids in a wet free practice two the RAF Reserves BMW rider was taken to the medical centre at the Cheshire track. Hickman was diagnosed with two broken ribs and was advised to sit out the two races on Bank Holiday Monday.

"Everything had been going really well for me and I did nothing different to what I had done the previous lap so it was a very strange crash," Hickman said. "I lost the front in a very unusual place and it went without warning and at a very high speed. I had no chance to slow down and had a very hard impact with the barrier."

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Hickman will now focus on returning to full fitness with the use of a hyperbaric chamber which will hopefully speed up his healing process.

Unfortunately for the charismatic 27-year-old, his aim of improving on his eighth place in the BSB riders' standings has been put on hold until round four at Snetterton on the 19-21 June.

"It was a tough crash and a hard crash but whilst I'm obviously feeling stiff and sore, I'm feeling a lot better than I thought," Hickman remarked. "I'm just gutted for the team and all the sponsors that we're not going to get the opportunity to show what we can do in the two races."