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Hodgson plotting BSB return?

Former British and World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson has revealed that he could make a sensational return to the national series next season.

Hodgson, who dominated the 2003 World Superbike Championship with Ducati, has been racing in the United States since 2005, but is yet to experience a similar level of success.

Now, after appearing in the paddock for the latest round of the British Superbike Championship at Croft, Hodgson admits he has always taken a keen interest in the series since he left at the end of his title winning season in 2000.

Furthermore, with Ducati and then Honda withdrawing their manufacturer support from the AMA Superbike series, Hodgson states that he is looking at the possibility of moving back to the UK for the 2010 BSB season.

"It is obviously good for me to be back in the BSB paddock this weekend, as this is the only round I have been able to get to this year between racing in America,” Hodgson, who has been struggling with a shoulder injury this year, told the BSB website.

“I always keep up to date with what is happening in BSB; every race I check up on the news on the internet to see who is doing what. I have to go back in two weeks to the States for an operation on my shoulder, but after that I will be looking at my options for next year.

“I have always said I want to come back and race in BSB; of the 19 seasons of racing I have done only five of these have been in the UK. It is a definite possibility to come back next year; it is just a matter of seeing what is available. It is one of my dreams to add another title to my CV!"


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El Bigonio

September 13, 2009 4:24 PM

Yet another racing Refugee from the godawful DMG catastrophe that AMA racing has become! Neil is a class act! Overshadowed in the US by the Mladin and Spies wars he struggled to show potential there. Then Honda yanked their factory support out from under he and Duhamel, followed by his injuries this year. How can a guy with a world title and a year of MotoGP (albeit on the "career killing" Ducati)experience not find a home back in WSBK? No detraction from BSB but honestly I would think that would be another step backwards. Best of luck Neil! The true fans in the US will miss you! With him gone the DMG rats better hope no more stars flee the ship or they will have no show at all!



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