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Hickman confirms WorldSBK wildcard with FHO Racing BMW

Wednesday, July 06 2022

The FHO Racing BMW team is set to make its Motul FIM Superbike World Championship debut with Peter Hickman at Donington Park later this month.

The event will mark the first time Faye Ho's team has appeared in a World Championship event, although it will be Hickman's third time as a wildcard, having taken part in both the 2012 and 2019 seasons.

This year, he will take to the track aboard the FHO Racing BMW M 1000 RR he has been riding all season in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, although it will feature a different WSBK-spec electronics package.

Hickman said: "I'm mega excited to get a chance to have a go at the World Superbikes. I've done it twice - once in 2012 with Worx Suzuki and again in 2019 with the BMW World Superbike team, but both times were last minute arrangements, jumping on bikes I had never seen before.

"This time I'll be riding my FHO Racing BMW which I race in BSB so that will be good. We are having to work on raising the electronics package to World Superbike spec which will change things quite a lot which could be interesting but we'll see.

"I think it's fantastic that we're getting the chance to do this as a team and it's all down to Faye - getting to do a World Superbike wildcard is pretty cool. "It'll be good for everyone in the team to get to do a World Superbike round together, we've all done bits here and there not as a team so I think it's going to be a really great thing for us all."

Team Principal Faye Ho commented: "I'm thrilled to be able to announce FHO Racing's participation in the UK round of the FIM Superbike World Championship. We have already had a very busy 2022 but this opportunity has presented itself and as a team, we've jumped at it.

"The team has already demonstrated its strength in British Superbikes and on the roads but we are always keen to push ourselves and expand into new areas where possible, so joining the WSBK grid at Donington Park was the next step.

"Peter has some experience, having taken part in this event twice before and many of the crew have worked in the series before too, so we will be arriving with some knowledge and we are looking forward to learning more as we go.

"We will be heading into this event mainly for the experience but we are eager to learn and continue to grow as a team and this is something I feel will benefit the whole team going forward."

Tickets for the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship at Donington Park are still available in advance, priced from £16 for adults with discounted entry for teenagers aged 13-15 and free entry for children under-13. For more information and to book, click here.