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BMW Motorrad Motorsport

Thruxton, Great Britain, 07/08/2018, British Superbike Championship

From hospital to podium

Peter Hickman shines at Thruxton

The hero of the weekend was Peter Hickman. The Smiths Racing Team BMW rider finished second and third at round seven of the 2018 British Superbike Championship (BSB) at Thruxton to claim his first podium results of the season – all that despite having spent the previous night in hospital and only returning to the circuit shortly before the start of race one.

In the Superstock class, Taylor MacKenzie secured second place on the rostrum while Keith Farmer extended his championship lead. You can find all Thruxton results in an overview below.

Diagnosis: kidney infection

Hickman was feeling unwell before qualifying on Saturday. Whilst he was able to take part in the session, his condition deteriorated afterwards. On Saturday evening he was taken to Winchester hospital, where he was diagnosed with a kidney infection. Hickman spent the night in hospital and was only discharged at lunchtime on Sunday.

However, as though nothing had happened, Hickman appeared on the starting grid in time for the opening race – and 20 laps later, he crossed the finish line in third place, just 0.883 seconds behind the winner. In race two, he was embroiled in a two-man battle for the win, eventually finishing 0.305 seconds off the lead in second place. The two podium results propelled Hickman into seventh place in the championship, just seven points outside the six coveted Showdown places.

Tyco BMW rider Christian Iddon finished 13th in race one and failed to finish race two. His team-mate Michael Laverty was a non-finisher in the opening race and took 13th in race two.

Peter Hickman:
“I only got discharged from hospital at noon on Sunday so to be standing on the podium at 2pm was pretty unreal! The weekend had started well on Friday but on Saturday I started to feel unwell and although I managed to put a lap in during qualifying, I got worse on Saturday evening. The paramedics were called out and I was whisked away to hospital, subsequently being diagnosed with a kidney infection. I felt a bit better on Sunday and went back to the circuit and gave it my best shot. We needed a good weekend after a poor start to the season and that’s what we got, so to be right back in Showdown contention is just what I wanted.”

In the Superstock race (BSB STK), Taylor MacKenzie finished runner-up on the Bathams Racing BMW S 1000 RR. Keith Farmer (Tyco BMW Motorrad) came home fifth to extend his overall lead in the championship. Michael Rutter (Bathams Racing) and Dean Hipwell (Selective Networks) also finished in the top-ten in eighth and tenth places respectively.

Results British Superbike Championship, Thruxton – Superbike class:

Race 1:

3rd Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing)
13th Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad)
14th Sylvain Barrier (Smiths Racing)
15th Martin Jessopp (RidersMotorcycles.com BMW)
18th Luke Hedger (Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad)
DNF Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW Motorrad)

Race 2:

2nd Peter Hickman
13th Michael Laverty
16th Martin Jessopp
18th Sylvain Barrier
19th Luke Hedger
DNF Christian Iddon

Results British Superbike Championship, Thruxton – Superstock class:


2nd Taylor MacKenzie (Bathams Racing)
5th Keith Farmer (Tyco BMW Motorrad)
8th Michael Rutter (Bathams Racing)
10th Dean Hipwell (Selective Networks)
13th Barry Teasdale (TwoTwoFour BMW)
17th Sam Coventry (Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad)
20th Tom Tunstall (Integro)
21st Joe Morphett (ASJ Racing)
22nd Stefan Hill (Team IMR)
23rd Daniel Wagstaff (Moto55 Racing)
25th Jordan Rushby (Alliance Steel Racing)
29th Jon Waghorn (Team IMR)
DNF Paul McClung (McClung Racing)
DNF Alex Olsen (ASTRO – JJR Racing)