Gloucester-based Smiths Racing BMW has signed 29-year-old Peter Hickman for the 2017 roads and BSB season.
Lincolnshire lad Hickman will be riding alongside fellow Yellowbelly Lee Jackson, who will also be racing a Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR in BSB.
Hickman said: “I have another new challenge to look forward to again this season and I’m relishing it aboard the Smiths Racing BMW. All the dealings I’ve had with the team so far have been fantastic and they are very easy to work with. I know the BMW well having ridden it in the past and we’ve been promised the right support from the factory in Germany, which will make a difference. I’m pleased to be bringing my own crew into the team which is a massive bonus so I’m really looking forward to the season in both BSB and on the roads with Smiths Racing.”
Hickman made his TT debut in 2014 for the Ice Valley BMW team, taking a best finish of eighth in the Superstock race while he also won silver replicas for 11th place in the Senior and 14th Superbike races, which were enough to land him the prestigious Newcomers Trophy – his fastest lap of 129.104mph remains the fastest ever lap recorded by a Mountain Course newcomer.
Continuing with BMW machinery in 2015, this time for Lee Hardy Racing, Hickman took fifth in the Superstock race, seventh in the Senior and eighth in the Superbike races to win three more silver replicas, improving his best lap to 131.626mph in the process.
A switch to the GBMoto Kawasaki team in 2016 saw him take an excellent fourth place in the Superbike race where he lapped at 132.465mph to become the fourth fastest rider of all time.
He also won two MCE BSB races last season on his way to winning the Rider’s Cup title as well as taking victory at the Ulster Grand Prix and defending his Macau Grand Prix title. Very much in demand as one of the sport’s great all-rounders, Peter returns to the BMW marque with which he’s enjoyed so much success in the past.