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Old 05-05-2015, 06:50 AM   #1
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Hickman withdraws from NW200 due to injury

The Lincolnshire rider is now aiming to be fully fit in time for the IOMTT

Hickman withdraws from NW200 due to injury

PETER Hickman has reluctantly had to withdraw from the forthcoming North West 200 road races due to injuries sustained after a crash at Oulton Park on Saturday.

The Lincolnshire rider sustained two broken ribs after a crash at 150mph on the approach to Druids on Saturday during a wet British Superbike Free Practice at Oulton Park and has since also been diagnosed with two breaks of the C4 vertebrae in his neck.

Both the team and Hickman are now unable to participate in the first International road race of the season which is set to start on Tuesday 12th May. The 27-year-old made an excellent debut to the NW200 last year and recorded the fastest ever lap from a newcomer.

Briggs Equipment BMW Team Owner Lee Hardy said: "It’s deeply disappointing for Peter and everyone connected with the team that we’ll be unable to take part in the North West 200 but his injuries from the crash on Saturday are a little bit worse than we first thought.

"Having had such a good debut 12 months ago, Peter was obviously really looking forward to returning so we’d like to apologise to Mervyn and his team, as well as all the thousands of race fans that we won’t be there in 2015.”

"The goal now is to support Peter as best as we can and ensure he gets the best possible medical support with the aim of being ready for the TT. He needs to get as much rest and recuperation as he can and the final decision will ultimately lie with his surgeon but we’re very hopeful of being ready for practice week at the Isle of Man.

"I'd also like to publicly thank the on-site medical team at Oulton Park for all their excellent treatment and support given to Peter after his accident."

The nature of these injuries means it is just not possible to ride and therefore Hickman will now aim to be fully fit and ready for the Isle of Man TT Races which commence on Saturday 30th May.

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