One to forget for Hodgson

Neil Hodgson fails to take the start of the opening BSB rounds at Brands Hatch following warm-up fall
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.”

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Neil Hodgson - Motorpoint Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Rob Winfield, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Anvil Hire Yamaha]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: MSV Media]
Howie Mainwaring Smart, Anvil Hire Yamaha []
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Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit:]
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docc - Unregistered

April 06, 2010 3:04 PM

Alot of the comments about Hodgson on crash have bordered on personal insults. Ok he's badly underperforming but it really classy to kick a guy when he's down on confidence. How about some constructive criticism rather than the usual "you suck so retire" rubbish.

Pete - Unregistered

April 06, 2010 6:26 PM

Read some of the comments made about Neil on here and some are pretty uncalled for TBH.Then again I can recall some really retarded posts made about Leon Haslam in the past.Glad I listened to these clowns as Leon's been really rubbish this year hasn't he ? :?.

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