BSS: AIM Yamaha sign Hobbs

Dennis Hobbs will return to the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport grid in 2009 after concluding a deal to join race winners AIM Racing.

It will be Hobbs' first appearance in the championship since he was forced to abandon his 2008 campaign at the very first round following a crash at Thruxton, one that injured his shoulder.

Nonetheless, while Hobbs reveals he was in negotiations to return with Centurion Racing in 2009, it is a Yamaha R6 prepared by AIM Racing that he will ride this season instead.

"I'm delighted to have joined Alistair Flanagan's team for 2009. He has given me the perfect opportunity to win the 2009 British Supersport Championship, I can't wait to get back on the bike and back to business.

"In 2007 I just missed out on the title, and in 2008 I had a bad accident which left me needing a nerve transplant. My shoulder is recovering well and I've been training hard to get back to fitness, ready for this season.

“I had been in talks with my former team, Centurion Racing, about riding for them again this year, however we have both decided to go our own separate ways for 2009. I would like to thank them all for the support they gave me after my accident last year.”

With AIM proving race winners in the hands of Steve Plater in 2008, Hobbs is keen to repeat that kind of form in 2009.

"The Yamaha will be a new bike for me to learn this year, I know this is a winning package as Steve Plater proved for the team in 2008, I've proved I can win races at this level and the championship is only thing we need now."

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Richard Mushet

February 08, 2009 10:44 PM

Good to see him back. Saw him break his collarbone at Cadwell in '07 and he was doing press-ups the next day to show Branfoot and co. that he was in good enough shape to race. Double 'ard b@st@rd is Dennis! Just hope that chump Webb manages to avoid him this season...

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