Q&A: Neil Hodgson.

It's strange how it all works out. I actually feel a little bit cheated because I felt I was quite a good two-stroke rider. In 1995, I was top privateer in my first year - I was 21 years old and arguably had quite a good future ahead of me. It all went wrong because I jumped into the most wanted seat in the paddock, riding a factory Ducati bike, and I wasn't ready. I was expected to be the man and I wasn't and I lost my job.

If you end up in a situation where you don't think you can win, then you won't, and I had people around me who I thought were better than me, and they were better only because I thought they were. If you think you can beat people, then you can - it's all mental, I'm convinced about that. Troy Bayliss will always be successful because he just doesn't care, he enjoys it.

Troy is strong mentally. I feel like I'm always one step behind Troy. I was his team-mate in 1999 when he won the championship, then I won the year after. He then got into the factory Ducati team, and I did a couple of years after. He won the championship, now I've won it. He's gone to MotoGP and is doing well …..

Do you think it's an advantage that you have already been in GPs?

Definitely, because I know what it's like. I've done three years already - I came to the Assen GP and I know nearly everyone, so it's not daunting in that respect.

Is it a disadvantage for the British riders that they have such a strong superbike championship and then have to go to GP?

No, not really. I think it's better to have a strong superbike championship because superbike is always going to be the feeder for MotoGP. There are no real up-and-coming riders but, when they do come, if they win in Britain, they might have an interesting future in MotoGP.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Neil Hodgson celebrates his WSBK title triumph at Assen
Ducati garage, Jerez WSBK 2015
Hodgson and Alex Lowes, Jerez WSBK 2015
Davies` Ducati refueling, Misano WSBK 2015
Hodgson, Portuguese WSBK 2015
Ducati Panagale eingine, Portuguese WSBK 2015
Hodgson, Imola WSBK 2015
Ducati bike, Assen WSBK 2015
Ducati bike, Assen WSBK 2015
Camera on Ducati bike, Aragon WSBK 2015
Troy Bayliss (AUS), Ducati Superbike, WSBK [Credit: Ducati World Superbike team]
Ducati, WSBK Test Jerez 26-27th Jan 2015
Ducati, WSBK Test Jerez 26-27th Jan 2015
Ducati, WSBK Test Jerez 26-27th Jan 2015
Ducati, WSBK Test Jerez 26-27th Jan 2015
Ducati, WSBK Test Jerez 26-27th Jan 2015
Ducati`s Marinelli and Pirelli`s Barbier, Australian WSBK 2015
Terol`s Ducati, Australian WSBK 2015

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.