Hodgson laments disappointing qualifying

The former British and World Superbike Champion will start a lowly 22nd at Brands Hatch on his return to the series.
Neil Hodgson admits he is not yet comfortable on the Motorpoint Yamaha after only managing 22nd on the grid for his British Superbike return at Brands Hatch.

The former World Superbike champion, returning to the domestic series after a decade away, was experiencing the shootout format for the first time and couldn't progress beyond the opening knockout phase.

Leaving him on the sixth row of the grid, Hodgson was frustrated with the result, claiming the strength of his rivals and the fact he isn't able to push the Yamaha R1 were determining factors in his struggle.

“Well that was a serious baptism of fire! Coming back to the BSB was always going to be a tough call, this is the toughest domestic series in the world and the depth of field stronger than many World Championships.

“Brands is a tough starting track, a 45 sec lap needs total commitment and confidence and I really do not feel comfortable to push that hard.

“Dan [Linfoot] is flying so that is great for the team and for me as I know the bike is fine, I need more laps and a couple of good races tomorrow.”

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Schools obvously out - Unregistered

April 04, 2010 9:42 PM

There's some switched on people around here. And there's another group who are a bunch of drooling, sad khunts that have made for their keyboards like flies going after tuurds soon as a once good rider doesn't cut it .. They have to make up history to suit their twisted version of events to big it up (when did 3 tests become 'all winter')? And they were probably still in the nursery or too stupid to recall when Hodgson was kicking the opposition in WSB & don't really have a clue. Well OK Hodgson might be struggling. But comments like a lot of those from people not fit to wipe his arze are just putrid. Still, I suppose the special schools close for Easter along with the rest..........

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