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Hodgson takes on Davies at Scalextric launch

Hodgson takes on Davies at Scalextric launch

Hodgson takes on Davies at Scalextric launch

Two of Britain's most famous motorcycle racers came face to face on the track for the first time today, although World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson and rising 250cc star Chaz Davies were reluctant to push too hard on a prototype version of the new MotoGP Scalextric game. The pair joined up for the launch of the new slot racing series at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London, where Hornby issued details of a full range of Scalextric motorbike products based on the MotoGP World Championship, officially licensed worldwide by Dorna, with individual bikes in the liveries of all the teams and riders.

"Considering this is just a prototype version, I am really impressed," commented Hodgson after testing out a replica edition of the Ducati Desmosedici he will ride in the 2004 MotoGP series. "I would certainly have been asking my parents for one of these when I was a kid because there was never a bike version of Scalextric in our day. It is by no means as tough as the real thing but it makes you think and it's really good fun".

Davies also enjoyed the experience, and said that he hoped it wouldn't be the last opportunity he got to compete against one of his idols. "It is brilliant to get the chance to race against Neil Hodgson at Scalextric – hopefully one day we'll meet on a real racetrack!" laughed the 16 year old. "The new game is great – I'm just surprised that they didn't think of doing it earlier to be honest".

The Scalextric MotoGP bikes are breathtakingly detailed 1/18th scale models, featuring decoration resulting from in excess of 200 different print operations. Models of sixteen of the series' top riders and bikes will be released over the course of 2004. There will also be three different sized race-ready sets containing two bikes, track and hand throttles.

MotoGP, 2003

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