Motorpoint gets back down to business in sunny Spain

Former British and World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson reveals that he is getting back into the BSB groove again as Motorpoint Yamaha hits the test tracks at Cartagena and Guadix in sunny Spain
Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha has got its 2010 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship (BSB) preparations underway in the Spanish sunshine, with a seven-day test at two different circuits – and ominously, former champion Neil Hodgson has revealed that he is already 'beginning to feel like it is my bike'.

Motorpoint will campaign a brace of Yamaha YZF-R1s for Hodgson and highly-regarded young team-mate Dan Linfoot in this year's BSB, and in advance of the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser in a month's time, the duo have been out on-track at Cartagena, before they move on to Guadix later in the week.

Both circuits are very typical of the Spanish design, specifically built around smaller bikes and therefore by their nature very physical – as 2000 British Superbike Champion and runaway 2003 World Superbike Champion Hodgson was swiftly reminded...

“I forgot how much hard work it is around this track!” the 36-year-old Burnley native quipped. “On a Superbike it's pretty wild, but good fun too. The bike has changed quite a lot since our last test, and I am beginning to feel like it is my bike. It is definitely a different animal to work out with the cross-plane crank engine feel, [but] having plenty of track time means we can chill out and work through stuff we have planned.”

“I'm loving my bike!” enthused Linfoot, the quicker of the pair by just over a second. “Since our last test with the new settings I have been so keen to get back on my bike – the guys have worked some more on the bike and it's even better! I really like this track, too; I felt comfortable from the start, and I want to keep learning how to get the best out of the bike and myself.”

“We had a trip out to Spain in December, but that was a bit of a jolly and a get-together for all the team,” concluded team principal Rob Mac. “This is much more serious and focussed. These Spanish tracks are very good for the boys' fitness and concentration – after seven days of working out around Cartagena and Guadix, they will both need a rest before Brands!”

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Neil Hodgson, Dan Linfoot, Rob McElnea - Motorpoint Yamaha [pic credit: Rob Mac Racing]
Neil Hodgson - Motorpoint Yamaha [pic credit: Rob Mac Racing]
Dan Linfoot, Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha [pic credit: Rob Mac Racing]
Neil Hodgson, Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha [pic credit: Rob Mac Racing]
Neil Hodgson, Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha [pic credit: Rob Mac Racing]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Josh Brookes, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, Shane Byrne, Dan Linfoot [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
BSB, race start, Brands Hatch, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
BSB race action, Brands Hatch [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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phil - Unregistered

March 05, 2010 2:26 PM

Agreed, you don't win a BSB and WSB championship by being rubbish. Not sure this is the right team for him,i think he's going to find it tough. Not sure he will fare any better than the Stalker last year. Hope i'm wrong though.

Hedgeholer - Unregistered

March 05, 2010 1:34 PM

I like Hodgson and I used to rate him highly but he's suffered a lot of injury and is coming back a bit of an unknown quantity. Last year Rob Mac gave the impression of being unable or unwilling either to invest in serious development of even listen to his riders. ('Tho in fairness it was probably not so black & white behiond the scenes). At least they seem to be addressing the first of those points. Beyond that the most I'd conceed for now is that the jury could be out. I wish 'em luck but I'm not convinced yet.

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