Britain’s Neil Hodgson, who won the 2003 World Superbike championship, has been forced to retire from the sport following a nasty shoulder injury he picked up last year.
The 36-year-old Englishman from Burnley won the World SBK title on a Fila Ducati 999 in 2003, beating team-mate Ruben Xaus, before heading off to MotoGP and then AMA Superbike, where he again raced on a factory Ducati and then a Honda.
After last year’s motocross crash, in which he severely damaged his left shoulder, Hodgson returned to British Superbikes this year on a Yamaha but then aggravated his injury in a high-side crash during practice for the opening round at Brands Hatch. He has now opted to retire from racing for good.
Neil Hodgson says: "That’s it. I’m hanging my leathers up but I’m thinking positive about the whole thing," said Hodgson. "It’s been a whirlwind 20 years and I’ve had such a good career. I don’t regret a thing."
Hodgson raced 147 times in World Superbike from 1996 to 2003, for a variety of teams, including Ducati Racing ADVF, Kawasaki Racing, GSE, HM Plant Racing and Ducati Fila, picking up 16 victories and the 2003 title.