UK: Russ Hodgson VMY R6 Cup Oulton Park notes

Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup Hodgson's Traumatic Season Continues Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup contender Russ Hodgson saw his disastrous 2004 season continue when he was denied his first ever series podium in the latter stages of yesterday's...

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Hodgson's Traumatic Season Continues

Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup contender Russ Hodgson saw his disastrous 2004 season continue when he was denied his first ever series podium in the latter stages of yesterday's race at Oulton Park, Cheshire.

After two crashes in the opening three races, neither of which were his fault, 'Rusty' was hoping his luck would change in round four of the series aboard the Alan Haywood Racing machine, and all looked to be going to plan when he set his first-ever R6 pole position during qualifying.

On bank holiday Monday and in front of another bumper crowd and the live Sky TV cameras, Hodgson made a great start to lead only for the race to be red flagged due to a first corner incident. The restart saw Russ grab the lead again but he slipped back to third as he shadowed the two riders in front, waiting to pounce late in the race.

However, it wasn't to be and an overshoot at the chicane on the penultimate lap saw the 23 year old Outdoor Pursuits Instructor from Hutton Rudby, Cleveland relegated down the field and he ended up crossing the line in eighth place.

Afterwards, a bitterly disappointed Hodgson explained the problem:

"I thought we'd cured the problem but yet again, I suffered arm pump and from lap six onwards, I couldn't feel my hands and I was hanging on for grim death. In the end, I was just braking where I thought I should and ended up running off the track. It's a physically demanding circuit and I struggled a bit last season but I'm absolutely devastated" said Rusty who will seek further medical advice before the next round at Thruxton in a month's time.

With just eight rounds remaining in the main championship series, of which riders are allowed to drop their worst two scores, Hodgson has no option but to gain maximum points in the majority of those races for him to stand any chance of landing the prized ride in the Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha Superbike team for 2005.

Riders Points after Round Four
A Jenkinson 75, K Bryce 58*, R Wren 56, J Hillier 47, J B Lee 44, C Cummins 39, O Bridewell 38, G Glynn 28, J Edmeades 25, G Sanders 24, D Bray 19, R Hodgson 18, V Cox 17, M Niblett 16, B McFeeley 13, I Lowry 8, P Newell 8, S Gardner 3, P McDougall 3, B Castleton 2, T Capper 1, A Brown 1.

*Now competes in British Superbike Championship

Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup 2004 Dates
Mar 28: Silverstone, Northamptonshire.
Apr 12: Brands Hatch Indy, Kent.
Apr 25: Snetterton, Norfolk.
May 3: Oulton Park, Cheshire.
Jun 6: Thruxton, Hampshire.
Jun 20: Brands Hatch, Kent.
Jul 4: Knockhill, Fife, Scotland.
Jul 18: Mallory Park, Leicestershire.
July 25: Moto GP Support, Donington Park
Aug 15: Croft, North Yorkshire
Aug 30: Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire.
Sep 12: Oulton Park, Cheshire.
Sep 19: Donington Park, Leicestershire

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