Hodgson scores home double
Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila-Michelin) delighted his fans with two home wins at Silverstone today. Ruben Xaus (Ducati Fila-Michelin) was third in both races. Hodgson now leads the championship by 130 points.
The first superbike race was a thriller. The conditions were ideal with a temperature of 24 degrees and a track temperature of 40 degrees. Hodgson took his 10th win of the year but it was Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) who led the first three laps.
Then Gregorio Lavilla (Alstare Suzuki) took the lead on lap four. Hodgson was always in the top three and on lap 15, he moved into the lead and kept it.
Until lap 17, the top ten were separated by only four seconds. Xaus was ninth on lap one but then started moving up and even briefly took the lead on lap 12. He crossed the line in third place behind James Toseland (HM Plant-Ducati).
Troy Corser was 16th after a difficult first lap which saw him off the track. The Team Foggy Petronas-Michelin rider was never able to make up the time lost in that incident.
Another intense race and another win for Hodgson. Régis Laconi (Ducati) led the first three laps. Lavilla set the fastest lap on lap three and took the lead from Laconi a lap later. Laconi moved back into first on lap 9 but then made a mistake braking into a turn and gave Hodgson the lead. Xaus closed on Hodgson and Lavilla in the later stages of the race to take his second podium of the day.
More bad luck for Corser, who retired on lap 6.
Since the start of the world Superbike championship in 1988, Michelin riders have won 259 races out of 375 and taken 11 out of 15 world titles. Michelin won 25 races out of 26 in 2002 and 11 out of 12 races this year.