Peter Hickman blasts ‘stubborn’ North West 200 officials as rule could force withdrawal from Supersport race

Prominent road racer Peter Hickman has blasted North West 200 officials over rules for this year’s Supersport class that could force him out of the race.

English is considered one of the best in the world, especially in Supersport, and would have been one of the favorites for the Triangle if he had been able to line up on the grid.

However, the new “Evo” regulations which have been adopted by all other major races have not been adopted by the North West 200, meaning Hickman’s Triumph Street Triple 765 RS is currently not eligible to participate. at the event.

The new regulations are the set standard for WorldSSP, British Supersport and MotoAmerica, as well as the Isle of Man TT Blue Ribbon and allow more machines to compete by limiting throttle opening and standardizing the ECU.

Hickman, who has spent a lot of time and money to ensure his bike meets the standards required for all other races, will meet North West 200 officials at this week’s British Superbike meeting at Silverstone, but n hasn’t been encouraged by what he’s heard so far.

“You are set to a set rule, set power and the bike will only do what it is ruled to do. It makes (the three new eligible bikes) comparable to an R6 and a ZX-6R, it just opens up the category to more manufacturers,” he explained.

“They all changed (WorldSSP, MotoAmerica, BSB), even the TT, but the North West decided not to change for some unknown reason.

“I guess in hindsight we should have talked about it sooner, but I think we all assumed they would be on the same page as the rest of the world. For some reason, they’re not, and even more frustratingly, they’re really stubborn about changing it.

“I can’t race at the North West but two weeks later at the TT in the same class against most of the same people, I can.

“I think they feel they’re going to have a backlash from somewhere, but I don’t see that because everyone has changed and everyone knows it has changed.”

If there is no movement from North West officials, Hickman will be kicked out of the North West Supersport class completely as he does not have enough time to acquire a new bike that meets the regulations. .

The 35-year-old is also entered in the Superbike, Superstock and Supertwin categories, but the possibility of not participating in Supersport before the TT would be a blow.

“Frustrated, annoyed, they stubbornly insist on something that seems really obvious,” he added.

“I spent a lot of money building a bike that was eligible for every class in the world except now for the North West 200, which is ridiculous. I don’t have another Supersport bike ready to go.

It will be the first North West 200 to be raced since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the first races taking place on May 12.

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