BSB Rider of the Year:4th

4th - Peter Hickman Average poll score out of ten: 7.306 Team: RAF Reserves BMW Bike: BMW S1000RR Wins: 0 Podiums: 3 Poles: 0 Fastest laps: 0 Best finish: 2nd Championship points: 150 Championship position: 9th

Fastest newcomer to the Isle of Man TT Peter Hickman produced an eye-catching season in 2015 as he continued to climb up ranks in BSB in his most successful campaign to date.

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Carrying on with his short circuit challenge alongside road racing, Hickman notched up an impressive double top five finish at the season opener on the unfancied RAF Reserves BMW and the first time he had competed on German machinery in BSB since 2012.

The 28-year-old's campaign took a brief pause at round three at Oulton Park when he crashed during a wet free practice session, suffering a painful back injury which forced him out of competing in Cheshire.

After the mid-season break Hickman returned full fit and carried on picking up consistent points finishes with the highlight of his campaign coming at Cadwell Park, where the Louth-based rider notched up two second place finishes and was the only rider to match the pace of BSB championship-winner Josh Brookes that weekend.

A third rostrum of the year came in the shape of third place in race one at Silverstone which capped another positive BSB season and caught the eye of the GBmoto Racing squad, who have duly signed up Hickman for the 2016 BSB championship while also making him its lead rider on the roads next year.

Hickman sealed a terrific 2015 with a gloss of golden paint by taking victory at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in November.

Peter Hickman in the BSB Rider of the Year poll
BSB Rider of the Year poll 2014: 7th
BSB Rider of the Year poll 2013: 13th
BSB Rider of the Year poll 2012: 12th
BSB Rider of the Year poll 2011: 11th

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About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' British Championship standings, the BSB Rider of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results and scoring each of the top twenty from this year's BSB standings with a mark out of ten.