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Macau GP: Hickman reflects on 'hardest ever' race

'I got away fast and was hoping they'd start to come backward about halfway through the race. They didn't and I really had to dig in' - Peter Hickman.
Peter Hickman described his second consecutive victory at the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix as one of the hardest races he has ever experienced.

The British Superbike rider battled his way through from seventh place on the grid to force himself into contention. Hickman swooped late on the penultimate lap to snatch victory at the 50th anniversary meeting from eight-time winner Michael Rutter as the pair made it a one-two for Robin Croft's Bathams/SMT BMW team.

Hickman, who only rode the S1000RR for the first time during practice on Thursday after a full season on the GBmoto Kawasaki ZX-10R, timed his move to perfection, waiting in the wings as Rutter, Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles BMW) and superb newcomer Glenn Irwin (PBM Be Wiser Ducati) slogged it out for the lead.

“It's one of the hardest races I've ever done,” said the 29-year-old, whose Dunlop tyres appeared to last the distance better than the Metzelers used by Rutter.

“What a hard race that was. I knew I would be strong at the end. I got away fast and was hoping they'd start to come backward about halfway through the race. They didn't and I really had to dig in,” Hickman added.

“To get this team together and to have two of us on the podium has been a great effort by all involved and I am just thrilled to bits to win here again.”

Behind Hickman and Rutter, Jessopp claimed the final rostrum place after regrouping following a gear-change issue. The Somerset man had been leading the race when he dropped back to fourth.

However, he moved up to third after Irwin's retirement with an electrical problem on the Ducati on the penultimate lap and then pushed Rutter all the way to the line, eventually taking third.

Jessopp explained: “I was going into Lisboa, I went for the gear and there was just nothing there. “I was trying to change down, up – nothing. So I just coasted into the corner with no brakes, which was pretty scary. I started to pull over and as I slowed down it fired back into life.

“I put everything I had into the last lap and a half but I just wasn't good enough. It was tough but it's no excuse. I think they would have got past me anyway.”



Related Pictures

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Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman in action at the 50th Macau Grand Prix on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Michael Rutter and John McGuinness during the pre-event press conference ahead of the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Michael Rutter topped the opening practice session for the 2016 Macau Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his four wins at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the GBmoto Kawasaki.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Rutter in action at the North West 200
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley celebrates winning his 16th North West 200 in the Supersport race from Ian Hutchinson and Martin Jessopp.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the North West 200.

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Tetley

November 21, 2016 11:41 AM

As Hicky approaches 30 years old he is maturing into a fast and courageous racer. He's also a big lad, but a bit of extra weight and leverage appears to no disadvantage on the roads, as proved by McPint, Dave Jeffries, Rutter and even Mickey D. It may just be that Hicky develops into Mickey D's major challenger as evergreen McGuiness finds it more difficult to suppress an Irishman just over half his age (although Hutchy has plenty of years and wins in him yet.) Having said that, Lee Johnstone needs gravel in his pockets to stop him blowing away, but he's going to see major sucesses on the roads over the coming years.



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