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Macau GP: Hickman revels in 'fantastic' win

Peter Hickman toasts maiden victory in Macau Grand Prix to end 2015 season on a high.
Peter Hickman hailed his victory in the 49th Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix as 'fantastic' following a sensational performance on Saturday.

It was Hickman's first success at the legendary road race in the Far East, where he only made his debut appearance in 2014, when he was forced to miss the race after sustaining damage to his machine during a spill in qualifying.

The 28-year-old sealed his maiden international roads win at the Ulster Grand Prix in August after prevailing in the damp second Superbike race at Dundrod and has ended the 2015 season on a high with another prestigious victory on the Briggs BMW, beating Martin Jessopp (Riders BMW) by more than six seconds with eight-time winner Michael Rutter finishing third on the Penz13.com BMW.

“It feels absolutely fantastic,” said Hickman. “This is only my second time in Macau. I've not been doing the road racing scene for very long, but my British Superbike championships have been pretty strong the last couple of years. It's fantastic to be able to transfer between the two.

“We all knew from the qualifying and practices that Martin [Jessopp] was really strong and the pace that he had compared to everyone else seemed too much, to be quite honest.

“I figured that Martin was going to pull away in the first five or six laps and then hopefully we'd come back to him.

“As soon as I had a chance, I was close enough at Lisboa and I passed him straight away. Fortunately the plan worked.”

Hickman will switch to factory-supported Kawasaki machinery for the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship and international road races after joining the GBmoto Racing team under the JG Speedfit banner.



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