Peter Hickman says 'radical' changes to the set-up of his Smiths Racing BMW transformed his fortunes and race pace at Brands Hatch Indy as he moved up to fifth in the MCE British Superbike championship standings.
The 2016 BSB Riders' Cup winner battled through tricky free practice sessions and qualifying at the 1.2-mile circuit to secure double top ten results from Smiths Racing BMW. With BSB rival James Ellison failing to score at the Brands Hatch Indy round he leapfrogged the McAMS Yamaha rider into fifth place in the BSB standings and has also outperformed his start to the 2016 BSB season after two rounds.
“In the end we were happy but you look at the start of the weekend we were nowhere,” Hickman said. “It has been a bit of a tough one if I am totally honest but to come away with a seventh and a ninth I'm really happy.
“It has been so hard to get the speed and the feeling I need to be competitive at Brands Hatch Indy and everyone knows if you are a tiny bit off here you can be miles away.
“There was not one thing we didn't change on the bike and even for morning warm-up there were six different setting changes all in one go. We went quite radical to figure out if it would work and fortunately we made the bike easier to ride, it still wasn't totally easy, but I could at least keep a fairly competitive lap time up for the entire race distance.
“I was aggressive in the opening laps which what you need to do sometimes, especially around here starting 17th, but we made it work and I'm really happy as we moved up a place in the championship.”