Peter Hickman says his double rostrum result at Cadwell Park has ignited his fight for the Riders' Cup but plays down his chances of making a late break into the Showdown.

The RAF Reserves BMW rider notched up two second place finishes by fighting off rivals in dramatic last-lap battles in each race at his home track. Hickman says he is delighted to beat the likes of Smith Racing's Billy McConnell and Tyco BMW's Tommy Bridewell, who both ride BMW machinery, at a circuit he gels instantly with.

"I've always gone really well here," Hickman said. "You have to be inch perfect, really smooth and link things together to get into a rhythm and I've been able to do that.

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"It has been a really good weekend despite a setback with a crash at Chris Curves on Saturday and I was a bit battered and bruised. Other than that the bike has been mint and the team has been mega, so all credit to them for that.

"Our bike has been very strong just with a stock motor and a gasket on it. It is proving how good a bike BMW have made straight out of the box. It was definitely satisfying to beat the Tyco BMWs because we are only a little privateer team with Mother Hubbard's Fish and Chip company sponsoring us!

"For us to be able to get anywhere near them is mega so to be able to beat them is unreal."

Despite his double rostrum and haul of 40 points Hickman feels it is very unlikely it'll be possible to sneak into the Showdown spots.

The 28-year-old has closed the gap to sixth-placed rider Michael Laverty - who holds the final Showdown spot - to 39 points with just Oulton Park's triple-header remaining until the Showdown takes effect.

"We'll take Oulton how it comes. I think the Showdown is out of the equation but we will try to get the next best thing which is the Riders Cup in seventh."


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Great to see Peter on this kind of form - for me probably the best all rounder there is at the moment (roads and short circuit)