THE FHO Racing BMW team is set to make its FIM Superbike World Championship debut with rider Peter Hickman at Donington Park later this month.
The squad will join the WSBK grid after securing a wildcard entry for the Prosecco DOC UK round when the series roars into Donington Park over the weekend July 15-17, 2022.
The event will mark the first time Faye Ho’s team has appeared in a World Championship ship event, although it will be Hickman’s third time as a wildcard.
The multiple TT, international roads and BSB winner took part in both the 2012 and 2019 race weekends, but both times had been very late invitations on machines he wasn’t familiar with.
However, this year he will take to the track aboard the FHO Racing BMW M 1000 RR he has been riding all season in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and international road races, although it will feature a different WSBK-spec electronics package.
“I’m mega excited to get a chance to have a go at the World superbikes. I’ve done it twice – once in 2012 with Worx Suzuki and again in 2019 with the BMW World Superbike team but both times were last minute arrangements, jumping on bikes I had never seen before.
“This time I’ll be riding my FHO Racing BMW which I race in the British Superbike Championship so that will be good. We are having to work on raising the electronics package to World Superbike spec which will change things quite a lot which could be interesting but we’ll see.
“I think it’s fantastic that we’re getting the chance to do this as a team and it’s all down to Faye. She’s owned the team for a year and a half and we’ve already done BSB, North West 200, Isle of Man TT and now we’re getting to do a World Superbike wildcard which is pretty cool.
“It’ll be good for everyone in the team to get to do a World Superbike round together, we’ve all done bits here and there not as a team so I think it’s going to be a really great thing for us all.”
Team Principal Faye Ho:
“I’m thrilled to be able to announce FHO Racing’s participation in the UK round of the FIM Superbike World Championship. We have already had a very busy 2022 but this opportunity has presented itself and as a team, we’ve jumped at it.
“The team has already demonstrated its strength in British Superbikes and on the roads but we are always keen to push ourselves and expand into new areas where possible, so joining the WSBK grid at Donington Park was the next step.
“Peter has some experience, having taken part in this event twice before and many of the crew have worked in the series before so we will be arriving with some knowledge and we are looking forward to learning more as we go.
“We will be heading into this event mainly for the experience but we are eager to learn and continue to grow as a team and this is something I feel will benefit the whole team going forward.”