Neil Hodgson endured a frustrating start to the new British Superbike Championship season after failing to start either race at Brands Hatch.
Ahead of what should have been his first BSB race for some ten years, Hodgson suffered a high-side at Graham Hill Bend during the warm-up and was ruled out of race day due to the shoulder injury he was already carrying into the new season.
“I feel pretty bad for all my team,” he said. “They have all worked so hard trying to get me going and then today I crash their bike! I got caught out with the notorious left hand corner and paid the penalty for not letting the tyre get enough heat in it
“My shoulder took the whole impact and left me with no option but to sit out today, pretty miserable start to the year but hopefully we can get back on it at Thruxton.”
Motorpoint Yamaha team-mate Dan Linfoot secured eighth place in the opening race but failed to finish race two following an incident with Chris Walker, leaving team boss Rob Mac to reflect on a difficult season opener.
“This is a long championship and we will use this weekend as character building!” he said. “For Neil it was painful, for Dan it was frustrating and for me it was expensive!
“We came away with some real positives, Dan's pace is good enough for a front row and a podium result if we can get him chilled out and Neil made some promising steps forward before his crash. Brands Indy is probably the toughest track to start the series with its 46 second lap demanding 110 per cent commitment and confidence. We will lick our wounds and be back stronger in two weeks.”