|Gloucester-based Smiths Racing BMW have announced their two-strong rider line-up for the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with the signing of Peter Hickman and Lee Jackson.
MCE BSB race winner Peter Hickman (29) and fellow Lincolnshire rider, Lee Jackson (21) join the former double British Supersport championship-winning team aboard the BMW S1000RRs for the forthcoming campaign ahead of the opening round at Donington Park (31 March – 2 April).
Louth-based Hickman returns to BMW for the new season after winning two MCE BSB races last year on his way to winning the Rider’s Cup title as well as defending his Macau Grand Prix title.
Lincoln’s Jackson won the 2012 National Superstock 600 Championship and since then, has ridden the BMW S1000RR in both Superstock 1000 and MCE BSB, putting together a consistent 2016 campaign to finish in 13th place overall with a best result of fifth place at Brands Hatch.
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 with Smiths Racing.”
Jackson said: “This will be the first time I’ve joined a new team in five years so it’s a totally different challenge and one I’m very much looking forward to. It was time to stand on my own two feet and Rebecca has given me the platform to do that on the BMW which I’m familiar with.
“I know the package and with the support we will have in place, I couldn’t be more excited. I’m really looking forward to getting started and the first race at Donington Park can’t come soon enough.”
Team Manager Rebecca Smith commented: “There’s no doubting 2016 was a very difficult season for us all at Smiths Racing and although everyone gave 100 percent, the results just didn’t come. This year, we are taking a slightly different approach with the help of the factory and we now feel we are in a position to challenge much higher up the leaderboard.”
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