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Hodgson takes positives from ‘first race'

Hodgson takes positives from ‘first race'

Hodgson takes positives from ‘first race'

Neil Hodgson insisted there was a silver lining to the heavy black clouds which plagued the Jerez circuit during the Gran Premio Marlboro de España, taking the positives from an excellent ride which ended on the eighteenth lap in seventh place, when his Ducati Desmosedici broke down with mechanical problems. The mystery gremlins also brought an end to the World Superbike Champion's race in South Africa two weeks ago and he was commendably optimistic despite being denied points in the opening two rounds of the season.

"The weekend was a bit mixed but I was always there or thereabouts in the wet practices so I knew I could be competitive in the race," explained Hodgson. "I started near the back of the grid and the first lap was crazy because there were a lot of riders in front of me and I couldn't see anything because of the rain.

"I took it easy for the first laps even though the rain isn't a problem for me as being a true Englishman I'm used to it and I find it easy to ride in these conditions. In the race I gruadullay improved my position until I reached seventh behind Hayden. Unfortunately with nine laps to go the engine just stopped.

"It was like my first race today really because I didn't really pass anybody in South Africa and that is what this sport is all about, so it was nice to be up there mixing it with these MotoGP boys.

"I've taken a lot of positives from the weekend and I'm looking forward to building on it at Le Mans.

"The atmosphere was incredible, it was amazing how may people turned up despite the weather and I was just disappointed I couldn't get a result in front of them".

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA

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