British Superbike: Peter Hickman: ‘We race, we don’t wink’: ‘Shocked by race direction’ | British superbikes

On the final lap of race one, Hickman, a multiple Isle of Man TT winner, rushed inside O’Halloran at Turn 14, a corner in which the McAMS Yamaha rider had to poorly compared to its rivals for most of the weekend.

But as this is one of the fastest corners on the BSB calendar, and where an inside move is very hard to see coming, O’Halloran then clipped the back of Hickman who was pushing his way past the Aussie .

As Hickman narrowly avoided the grass on the outside, O’Halloran was barreled into the gravel with his R1.

A severe penalty was handed down to Hickman after the race, which included disqualification from the results, but after similar comments made on Eurosport, Hickman has since maintained his sentiments.

Hickman said: “Of course I’m absolutely disgusted that JO [O’Halloran] and Mcams Yamaha did not finish this race, it was never my intention and never would be. I’m just glad he’s okay.

“I am however shocked by the decision of the Race Direction, don’t get me wrong, they have a tough job to do, but the disqualification, 2 points on my race license and a 3 place grid penalty are absolutely over the top. We run, not play winks!

“I stand by what I said about Eurosport after the race, there was a gap, he was weak in that area and I was strong, and I had a chance to get on the podium, so of course I tried.

“It’s a real shame that he tagged the rear of my bike and fell, but we race with very small margins and that happens sometimes.

“As for the comments about confrontational stances (not trying to pass someone because they’re confrontational) and disrespect etc, I totally disagree, but each in their own way, huh!”

Alongside BSB were also MotoGP at Motegi and WorldSBK in Catalonia last weekend – Jack Miller took a dominating MotoGP win, while Alvaro Bautista scored his first WorldSBK hat-trick of the year.

O’Halloran’s British Superbike title chances go up in smoke with second crash

O’Halloran, who started the weekend as Bradley Ray’s main rival for the title, was then embroiled in a similar incident with Tommy Bridewell in race two, as the pair found themselves in exactly the same turn.

Unlike Hickman who seemed to be further along O’Halloran’s side, Bridewell was the rider who made contact with the rear of O’Halloran’s Yamaha this time, however, a very different penalty was issued.

While Hickman received two points on his race license, a three-place grid penalty for the following race and a disqualification from the first race, Bridewell initially received a time penalty which later became a grid penalty after the first of two red flags.

But after advancing before the second red flag and then again after the third start, Bridewell took second place, while Hickman was disqualified from the first race.

“First of all I have to apologize to Jason and McAMS for the incident in race two, I’m sorry and it’s never my intention to do something like this and it’s not my way to ride,” Bridewell said.

“It was a strong and positive weekend to come away with two seconds and a first. we can do some good jumps at Donington before the races.

“I still have a chance to win this championship and I will fight until the last race at Brands to make sure we do everything we can.”

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