AMA Superbike: Hodgson has 2010 BSB offers but aims to stay Stateside

By Henny Ray Abrams -

 19 August 2009 11:47

Neil Hodgson is among the riders hoping to stay in superbike racing next year, whether it’s in America or back in BSB - though he admits he hasn’t had a showcase season with the Corona Extra Honda.

Ever since separating his shoulder in a motocross accident in March, he’s been hobbled and relegated to the far end of the top ten. Even now it’s not at full strength and he knows he needs another operation.

“It’s hard to try and sell yourself when you’ve had a season like I’ve had,” he said. “I’m sort of embarrassed how it’s turned out. Seriously, I’ve had bad seasons before and I’ve come back fighting and I truly believe I can come back fighting. So I guess I’ll just need a chance.”

The 2003 World Superbike Champion went ot race in the States in 2005 after a disaster year in the MotoGP World Championship.

He raced the Parts Unlimited Ducati for two years before spending the 2007 season as a Ducati and Bridgestone test rider.

In 2008, he signed with American Honda, which this year became Corona Extra Honda. Hodgson said he’s looking in both the US and BSB. “I’ve already got a few opportunities in England, but my number one priority is to stay here. I feel like I’ve put in so much work over here and got absolutely nothing back. I want to get something back.”