Hodgson and Davies go head to head

Published: 01 February 2004

Grand Prix stars Neil Hodgson and Chaz Davies were racing head to head for the first time last week when they met up for the launch of Scalextric MotoGP.

The two Brits were given the first go on the prototype of the slot racing set at the country's biggest toy fair. Hodgson managed to decapitate a model Colin Edwards in the process, crashing the replica bike off the track so fast that miniature Edwards's head fell off.

Scalextric MotoGP is expected to go on sale in the UK in June with a range of different sets and track lengths, all of which come with a Honda riding Valentino Rossi and either Loris Capirossi, Max Biaggi or Sete Gibernau to race against. Further riders, including Brits Neil Hodgson and Jeremy McWilliams will be released throughout the year.

The Scalextric bikes are held on to the track by a magnet and can do up to 20mph but although the front wheel and handlebars can turn, the bikes don't lean so they look a little odd going round corners.

Hodgson was happy with his first ride, saying: " I would certainly have been asking my parents for one of these when I was a kid because there was never a bike version of Scalextric in our day. It is by no means as tough as the real thing but it makes you think and it’s really good fun " .

Neil Hodgson will be signing autographs on the MCN stand at the MCN London Motorcycle show on Tuesday with a whole host of stars, including Carl Foggarty, Chris Walker and James Toseland, lined up for the rest of the week.

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