ROAD racing star Peter Hickman will bid for more international roads silverware next season as part of brand new team FHO Racing.
The five-time Isle of Man TT winner and outright lap record holder has joined Macau entrepreneur Faye Ho’s venture for a Bennetts British Superbike and roads assault next season after a number of years with Smiths Racing, on which Ho’s squad is based.
While he will partner fellow BSB rider Xavi Fores and National Superstock 1000 rider Alex Olsen when FHO makes its debut, all eyes are on the TT, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau GP where Hickman is expected to be a serious threat.
“This is an exciting time for me,” Hickman admitted. “The team and I think racing in general as we gain a passionate new team owner in Faye.
“I’ve known Faye for a few years as a generous supporter of racing in Macau and most importantly she wants to win. I’ve had an awesome four years with the Smiths Racing team, we’ve grown together as a group, been successful in BSB and on the Roads, so now I think we can build on that and take it to a new level.
“After such a bad year globally, it’s so positive to have a new team and sponsor enter the arena.”
Ho added: “I’ve always loved motorsport and bike racing in particular, so when the opportunity arose to take over from the Smiths team, it seemed the ideal opportunity to get involved.
“I first supported motorcycle teams at the Macau Grand Prix in 2009 and the next year we claimed the victory with Stuart Easton and the PBM squad. What struck me immediately with two-wheeled racing was the excitement and passion; it is a huge challenge that the teams and riders take on each time they are on track.
“I’m just so excited to get going, this is probably the biggest challenge I’ve ever undertaken and ultimately we have the desire to want to win race.”
The team is set to run equipped with the new 2021 BMW M 1000 RR Superbike, the first M model from BMW Motorrad.