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Road Racer of the Year 2016 - 3rd: Peter Hickman

You place Peter Hickman fourth in our Road Racer of the Year poll...

3rd – Peter Hickman
Average poll score out of ten: 7.43
Team: GBmoto Kawasaki/Trooper Beer Kawasaki/Cookstown/BE Racing Kawasaki
NW200 wins: 0
Podiums: 2
Isle of Man TT wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Ulster Grand Prix wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Macau Grand Prix: 1st

Peter Hickman rode Kawasaki machinery on the roads for the first time in 2016 for the GBmoto team after previously excelling on the BMW S1000RR. Hickman may only have made his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2014, but his outstanding performances on the roads raised expectations that he could be a potential winner in 2016.

His best result was a magnificent fourth in the Superbike race, although retirements from the Superstock and Senior races permeated a disappointing TT overall for the British Superbike contender. Hickman also had a DNF in the opening Supersport race but clinched a top ten result in race two, taking eighth on the Trooper Beer Kawasaki. The 29-year-old also made his debut in the Lightweight TT for Northern Ireland's Cookstown B.E. Racing team, but Hickman was forced to retire from the race.

However, he sealed two rostrums prior to the TT in May at the North West 200 in the Superbike and Supersport classes and finished a fine third in the second Supersport race at the Ulster Grand Prix. The English rider was also on course for a podium in the Superstock race at Dundrod after setting the early pace, but bad luck struck once more for Hickman, who was cruelly forced out with a puncture.

His luck finally changed for the better at the Macau Grand Prix in November, where Hickman joined Michael Rutter in the Bathams SMT BMW team, returning to the S1000RR that had served him so faithfully on the roads over the past two seasons.

A gripping race developed at the front involving Rutter, Martin Jessopp, newcomer Glenn Irwin and Hickman, who stormed to the front in the final part of the race and edged out Rutter for his second successive victory at the famous race in the Far East.

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About the vote:
Thousands of votes were cast for the 2016 Crash.net Road Racer of the Year poll, where viewers awarded a shortlist of this season's most impressive riders with a mark out of ten.

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Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.

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