Hodgson's first AMA win

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Neil Hodgson has claimed his first victory in his debut AMA superbike season at the Road America track on Saturday, June 4.

Hodgson, who qualified eighth, made the most of wet conditions to win a shortened race by 27 seconds as several other riders fell foul of the rain.

“I’m really please to win because Road America is a difficult race,” said Hodgson. “I took a lot of risks and was aquaplaning up the front straight. When the adrenaline is in your blood, you actually enjoy riding like that. Maybe not so much after you get off the bike after the race.”

The race was eventually stopped after 10 laps, making the 27 second lead even more impressive. Team-mate Eric Bostrom was unable to follow his win at the previous round at Pikes Peak after being collected by another rider on the first lap.

Unfortunately the team were unable to continue their run of success in the second race of the weekend, with Bostrom finishing fourth after some bad luck with backmarkers, and Neil Hodgson retiring on the penultimate lap with a mechanical problem to finish 19th.

Hodgson’s win makes him the first rider in the modern era to win races in AMA Superbike, British Superbike and World Superbike. And he’ll be looking for good results at the next round at Laguna Seca Raceway as he has ridden the track during his WSB career. The race takes place July 8-10, 2005.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff