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Neil Hodgson updates motograndprix.com on a hectic week
World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson gives motograndprix.com his impressions after a week in which he made his debut appearance on the Desmosedici at the Valencia tests and also short-listed for the prestigious BBC Sport personality of the year award."It was my first time on the Ducati GP bike at Valencia and the weather was not that great. We had a few technical teething problems that have come from being with a new team. The bike feels different. Like any rider will tell you being on two wheels your sensation with the bike is everything, so while I don't feel like I had jumped into a formula one car or anything, it has taken a little while to get used to. I have taken things very slow because I do not want to make a mistake. It is like I am almost learning to ride again. I am trying to understand the bike and what it is capable of. It helped that the first test was at Valencia; if it was a place I did not know then I might have been very difficult. I feel like I have already made 2 million laps around here so I know how what a bike should be doing. The basic setting of the bike is completely different. With a superbike you are sat ‘in' the bike and it moves around a bit more which gives you a lot of feeling. With this machine I am perched on top and didn't quite get that depth of sensation after the first day or two. I didn't change anything on the bike the first session and just rode round in circles; it got a little easier once we started playing around with the suspension. Obviously the Desmosedici has got more power but you cant notice a huge difference, especially when I have got my foot on the back brake to stop it wheeling; I am probably killing 50 horsepower! I am treating the bike with a lot of respect and slowly making friends with it.
14 years ago
14 years ago