International road racing sensation Peter Hickman had no time to bask in the glory of his stunning maiden victory at the Macau Grand Prix as the 28-year-old got to grips with his new JG Speedfit Kawasaki during a test at Jerez this week.
Hickman, who continued his remarkable progress between the hedges this year with a debut win in the second Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix, teamed up with fellow GBmoto Racing and MCE British Superbike rider James Ellison at the Spanish track.
The pair joined Kawasaki’s World Superbike stars Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes at Jerez, who were participating in their final shakedown of before the winter test ban commences on December 1.
Hickman had previously only managed a handful of laps on the new Ninja ZX-10R during a test at Aragon earlier this month and was restricted to a single day’s testing at Jerez, yet the fastest ever newcomer in history at the Isle of Man TT was grinning broadly after his first taste of the new Kawasaki.
“Considering I only got half a day on the bike at Aragon and then a day at Jerez, I’m really pleased with the feeling I’ve got with the bike,” Hickman said.
“I’d never been to Aragon before, so with a new track as well as an all-new machine it was big learning curve.
“Although I’ve only ever instructed there and have never tried to go fast, I was a lot more comfortable at Jerez. We were on the stock engine, so we were working through various chassis and suspension set-ups but my first impressions are really positive,” he added.
“The team now know the direction they want to go in and I can’t wait to get back out on the bike in January.”
Hickman will once again marry a full season in British Superbikes next year with the international road race meetings at the North West 200, TT, and Ulster Grand Prix, where he will line up as one of the leading contenders despite only entering into his third year on the roads.
Meanwhile, next year’s Enkalon Trophy short circuit meeting will be held over two days to celebrate the legendary event’s 40th anniversary.
Practice and a set of Championship Sprint races will take place on Good Friday, March 25, with a short warm-up session and two sets of championship races plus the feature Enkalon event on Easter Saturday, March 26.
Further details will be revealed soon.