Press release | July 7, 2022
The FHO Racing BMW team is set to make its FIM Superbike World Championship debut with rider Peter Hickman at Donington Park later this month. The event will mark the first time Faye Ho’s team has competed in a World Championship naval event, although it will be the third time Hickman has competed as a wild card.
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The 2022 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship heads to Donington Park in the UK for the Prosecco DOC UK Round and there are plenty of reasons for local fans to cheer trackside. Following the announcement that Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) will be making his long-awaited wildcard debut, a second wildcard will feature in the main class as Peter Hickman returns to the paddock aboard BMW FHO Racing. Hickman will race a BMW M1000RR with WorldSBK-spec electronics as he returns to the circuit where he qualified fourth in the 2019 WorldSBK event there, while aboard the BMW d factory following the injury of permanent driver Markus Reiterberger.
Winner of several Isle of Man TT races and lap record holder, British Superbike race winner for three different manufacturers and World Superbike points scorer, “Hicky” has had a varied and successful career on two wheels. Making his WorldSBK debut in 2012 for Paul Denning’s Crescent Suzuki team, he finished ninth at Donington Park in Race 2, coming back from 19th on the grid in what was a powerful race through the pack. Since then, Hickman has won for Honda, Kawasaki and BMW in BSB, as well as race victories in places such as the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix to his CV, not to mention his usual races in British Superbikes. . He has won six BSB races, including two in 2021 with FHO BMW, with team principal Faye Ho now extending the team’s presence to World Championship races.
Speaking about his wildcard at Donington Park, Hickman said: “I’m super excited to have the chance to give WorldSBK a try. I’ve done it twice – once in 2012 with Worx Suzuki and another in 2019 with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team, but both times were last minute arrangements, jumping on bikes I’ve never seen previously. This time I will be riding my BMW FHO Racing which I race in the British Superbike Championship so that will be good. We have to work to bring the electronics package up to World Superbike specification, which will change quite a bit, which could be interesting, but we’ll see.
“I think it’s fantastic that we have the chance to do this as a team and it’s all down to Faye. She’s owned the team for a year and a half, and we’ve already done BSB, North West 200, Isle of Man TT and now we’re going to do a World Superbike wild card, which is pretty cool. It will be good for everyone in the team to be able to do a World Superbike round together, we have all done things here and there but not as a team so I think it will be a very good thing for all of us. ”
Team Principal Faye Ho also expressed her delight at leading her team into the WorldSBK paddock for the first time: “I am delighted to be able to announce FHO Racing’s participation in the British round of the WorldSBK Championship. FIM Superbike World. We already had a very busy 2022 but this opportunity presented itself and as a team we jumped on it. The team have already demonstrated their strength in British Superbike and on the roads, but we are always keen to push ourselves and expand into new areas where possible, so joining the WorldSBK grid at Donington Park was the next step.
“Peter has some experience, having been to this event twice before and many of the crew members have worked on the show before, so we will arrive with some knowledge, and we look forward to learning more as we go. We will be heading to this event mainly for the experience, but we are looking forward to learning and continuing to grow as a team and that is something that I think will benefit the whole team in the future.