WSBK » 16 June 2003
Silverstone action sees Hodgson fight all the way.
Now, once more, the battle was Lavilla and Hodgson. Lavilla would push the Englishman hard but ultimately it would be Hodgson to the line for his second victory of the day
Come the chequered flag Hodgson headed Lavilla and Xaus, the Spaniard having fought his way back to the podium after his earlier off.
Afterwards Hodgson described his race. “Pole position's not a good place to be in really, because you're on the outside and if you get an average start off the line then there's nowhere to go as everyone comes underneath you,” he said. As for working his way through the field? “It was hard, I just kept thinking pick one off a lap, don't get too carried away, I was trying to keep my eye on the leaders to make sure that no-one was getting away, and then luckily for me John Reynolds and Rubens collided, which were two people who were going to be difficult to pass, but that got rid of them.
“What happened in the first race, and it happened again in the second was that everyone was driving very aggressively, everybody was braking really deep, it was making people almost impossible to pass,” Hodgson continued. “It's been really, really difficult as I've been ill all weekend as you know, I'm not trying to come down with the old soldier the – oh what a hero Neil was – but I've struggled this weekend physically. I'm dedicating my double win to David Jeffries.”
Lavilla meanwhile was pleased, but eying that first place all the same. “I knew Neil would be quicker in the last laps but I thought I could keep the pace, in some areas he was quicker than me, then in some areas I thought I was better, but I couldn't do it,” said the Spaniard. “I would prefer to be in the first place but I think that sooner or later it will arrive.”
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