You have to be a bit crazy to go round winding road racing circuits at 300 km/h. Peter Hickman says you were either born with it or not. So it's not madness. Because that would be overthinking it. And thinking doesn't get you anywhere. Feeling is how you get somewhere. Find out what feeling resonates inside him when atop the HP4 RACE – in the following.
It’s something the general public has not been able to buy before. I’ve been trying to explain to people just how fast it is and what’s actually included in the package.
Most people believe they can just buy a bike and then turn it into a superbike, but they can’t really afford to do that.
And this bike comes with everything already on it: the swing arm and the lengths, a carbon frame, carbon wheels and proper Öhlins FGR forks.
So it’s got absolutely everything you could ever imagine on it, straight out of the box. It’s going to be a big shock to a lot of people when they actually ride it for the first time and realise just how much of a bike the HP4 RACE is, because it’s so special compared to what most people will have ever ridden before in their lives.
The whole experience of riding the bike was very special for me. It was something I’d never ridden before.
I’ve never ridden something that has quite so much carbon on it for a start. It was also absolutely brand new when I sat on it and everything needed bedding-in. So being able to ride the first one that came out of the production line was a very special experience. One I’m always going to remember. The bike is phenomenally fast as one would expect, since it’s got a superbike engine. Normally when you get asked to do a demo with a bike, it’s probably not quite as fast as what you’re used to. But when I got asked to do the HP4 RACE demo I got asked to ride something that’s at least as good as what I already race and maybe even a little bit better. So that made the whole experience a very special one.
Good question. I don’t know. I’m always trying to go faster, probably. It’s all down to lap times at the end of the day. You’re always trying to speed up a bit more, brake out a bit later, accelerate a bit earlier and a bit harder.
Every metre you go you’re trying to push yourself a bit more and more. Each time you go, you learn something new and you’ll figure out something different. You never stop learning. And that’s where progress comes from: making mistakes and trying different things. Maybe they don’t always work, but when they do work, remembering them the next time will push you to go another bit further.