First Corner Disaster For Hodgson Pre-season favourite for Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup honours, Russ Hodgson was brought crashing back down to earth for the second time in three meetings when a first turn incident forced him out of round ...
First Corner Disaster For Hodgson
Pre-season favourite for Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup honours, Russ Hodgson was brought crashing back down to earth for the second time in three meetings when a first turn incident forced him out of round three at Snetterton yesterday
Following on from being taken out by an errant rider at Silverstone in round one and a sixth place finish last time out at Brands Hatch, the 23 year old Outdoor Pursuits Instructor was hoping to redress the balance with a win on his Alan Haywood supported machine, and things look good when he qualified in second place on the grid.
However, as the Hutton Rudby, Cleveland headed into the 100mph Sears Corner on the opening lap; he lost the front end of his bike and ended up sliding out of the race, meaning no points yet again.
"What have I done to deserve luck like this?" asked a dejected Hodgson as he walked back to the pits. "I don't know whether I got a nudge from behind or whether I was a little wide and on the 'marbles' but another non-finish was definitely not what I needed after these past couple of rounds. It just means I'm even more determined to go out and win now as it's the only way I can salvage this championship."
However, with series leader Kiel Bryce set to depart the championship with the offer of a British Superbike Championship ride and another front runner in the shape of Adam Jenkinson crashing out also, all is not lost in Rusty's bid to land the crown and with it, the contract to ride in the Virgin Mobile British Superbike Championship Team for 2005
The next rounds take place at Oulton Park on Monday May 3rd.
Riders Points after Round Three of Thirteen 1.K Bryce 58, 2.A Jenkinson 50, 3.C Cummins 39, 4.R Wren 36, 5.J Hillier 36, 13, R Hodgson 10