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Hodgson invites the press to his Isle of Man home

Hodgson invites the press to his Isle of Man home

Hodgson invites the press to his Isle of Man home

World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson played host to an number of top MotoGP journalists at his home on the windswept Isle of Man on Thursday. Despite the gale force winds Hodgson, who returns to the MotoGP World Championship this season riding the Ducati for the D'Antin team, showed his guests round an Island steeped in motorsport tradition.

In 1949 the very first Motorcycle World Championship race was staged on the famous TT course on the Isle of Man and in just over one month's time one of the Island's most famous modern day residents takes on the MotoGP stars at the opening grand prix of the season in South Africa. Hodgson can't wait, although he knows it will be tough.

"I'm under no illusions about the task that lies ahead but I'm really looking forward to it," he explained. " I have a three year MotoGP plan and if I can finish in the top ten this season I'll be satisfied. It's a great feeling competing against the very best riders in the World and they have made me very welcome. I think both myself and Valentino Rossi have made the same decision. He could have stayed at Honda and kept on winning and I could have stayed in World Superbikes and kept on winning. Both of us can't resist that challenge and that's why he's riding for Yamaha and I'm back in MotoGP."

MotoGP, 2004

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