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Former World SBK Champ: Hodgson Retires

Superbiker Retires

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.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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