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Hodgson controls race two.

Neil Hodgson emulated his Donington Park feat by simply walking away with the second race of the day at Brands Hatch in a style that was very reminiscent of King Carl.

Once again the afternoon's proceedings at Brands Hatch were disrupted by an accident on the opening lap of a World Superbike event as yet another horrific looking shunt caused the second WSB race to be stopped for almost half an hour.

The accident, this time involving Troy Corser and Akira Yanagawa looked particularly nasty with Corser high-siding coming out of Surtees and then being ridden over by the Kawasaki rider who did everything possible to get out of the way but could not avoid the Australian.

As was the case with Steve Hislop during race one, the red flag was produced and an ambulance was deployed for Corser who took a hefty knock from the Kawasaki. Thankfully after several worrying minutes Troy was put into the ambulance and taken away to the track's medical facility where he was released before the end of the re-started race.

The distraction did not seem to affect the remaining contenders who were about to make their fourth start of the day and although their preparations had been disrupted, the news that Hislop had only minor injuries to his hand and ankle and Corser was reporting no problems was a great relief.

With Robert Ulm, Hislop and Corser adding to the list of race one non-starters only 29 (of the original 36) bikes took the fourth and final start of the afternoon with the crowd now well and truly on fire.

When the lights turned green Gregorio Lavilla got away like a scolded cat and pushed himself up into the lead group as the field rounded Paddock Hill Bend for the first time. Rekindling their race one battle Neil Hodgson and Troy Bayliss went round the first corner together with Bayliss nudging the Englishman off line to take the lead. Colin Edwards snuck through into second while Hodgson gathered himself together and robustly fought off a challenge from Chris Walker at Druids.

However Hodgson wasn't going to hang round for long and before the end of the first lap the bright orange Ducati was homing in on the Castrol Honda ahead of it. The move came coming into Paddock on lap three although Neil's time in second place was short lived, the Burnley rider using his momentum to surprise Bayliss on the run down to Graham Hill Bend just a few hundred metres later.

Bayliss fought back along Cooper straight although Hodgson was determined not to surrender the lead and held Troy off under braking into Surtees. The roar of the crowd and the hundreds of horns and klaxons was deafening the first time Hodgson negotiated Clearways in the lead and the GSE Ducati began to pull away.



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