Hobbs Concedes Title as Injury Forces Him Out Following on from his 150mph smash during testing at Croft just over two weeks ago, Hobbs Racing rider Dennis Hobbs had to finally admit defeat following on qualifying at Cadwell Park on Sunday...
Hobbs Concedes Title as Injury Forces Him Out
Following on from his 150mph smash during testing at Croft just over two weeks ago, Hobbs Racing rider Dennis Hobbs had to finally admit defeat following on qualifying at Cadwell Park on Sunday for round eleven of the THINK! British Superbike Cup.
Despite a brave ride through the pain barrier at his home round last time out whereby he scored a pair of rostrum finishes, the 22 year old from Guisborough sought further medical advice on the run up to the Cadwell Park August Bank Holiday round but despite increased physiotherapy the problem with his neck, upper back and upper arms deteriorated to the point that medics only passed him fit to compete the day before.
The doctors subsequently diagnosed some nerve damage as well as a trapped nerve meaning he had virtually no strength of feeling in his upper body but it was agreed that the Scott Leathers-backed racer would attempt to qualify before making a decision as to whether to race. A low speed spill on Saturday testing convinced the team that it wouldn't be in Hobbs' best interests to race and despite qualifying for Monday's two races; the decision was made by Dennis himself to pull out on Monday morning.
"It just wouldn't have been safe for me or my fellow competitors if I'd have raced so it was the only sensible decision I could make. I knew that by doing that, I'd lose any chance I had of winning the championship and it was tough for that reason alone. If I'd have crashed and injured my neck again, there was a chance of doing even more damage so I took the decision to try to get it fixed properly and hopefully we'll be back out at Oulton Park in a couple of weeks time." said Dennis who dropped down to third in the series as a result.
Hobbs will now visit a specialist hospital in Norfolk this week in order to try to release the trapped nerve as well as surgery to repair the nerve damage.
THINK! Superbike Championship Cup Standings (after Round 9)
1, James Ellison (Yamaha) 428 pts
2, Jon Kirkham (Suzuki) 335pts
3, Dennis Hobbs (Hobbs Racing Suzuki) 330 pts
4, James Buckingham (Suzuki)) 262pts
5, Sam Corke (Suzuki) 241pts
6, Chris Martin (Suzuki) 174pts