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magnificent seven for hickman at ulster GP

Peter Hickman became the first rider to win all seven races entered at the Ulster GP, and matched Irish road racing legend Phillip McCallen’s 23-year-old record of scoring five victories in a day. He described the performance of his team, Smiths Racing, as “fautless” and his five-in-a-day success as “magical”.

The Smiths rider also re-established the Ulster GP as the world’s fastest road race, taking that honour away from the Isle of Man TT – which he set in 2018 – in Thursday’s first Superbike race with a lap of 136.415mph.

“To be able to get seven in a week, five in a day, is pretty special. It’s been absolutely awesome, the team’s been absolutely faultless.

“So it’s been a magical week.”

This was the first road race of the year Hickman didn’t have a technical issue with the new BMW in SBK-spec.

Dean Harrison was runner-up in all three SBK races, though was a retirement from the only Superstock contest and had to miss Saturday’s Supersport races due to an engine issue.

The two-time Ulster GP winner and former lap record holder conceded he simply didn’t have the pace on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki SBK this week, and will now “go back to the drawing board”.

“It’s been good, the team worked really good, the Superbike’s been good,” this year’s Senior TT winner said. “[We had] a few niggly issues to be fair, but obviously we’ve not got the pace this week so we’ll have to go back to the drawing board and have another look.”


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