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Hodgson pleased with performance

Hodgson pleased with performance

Hodgson pleased with performance

Neil Hodgson said he was satisfied with his own personal performance after fighting against the discomfort of injured ribs to take eleventh place in the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky last weekend.

Hodgson suffered a blow to the chest when he crashed during the second free practice in an incident he blamed on Max Biaggi, rushing to the Italian's garage to make his point at the end of the session. Painkillers got him through Sunday's race and now the World Superbike Champion is hoping for a full recovery ahead of the next round at Estoril.

"I didn't go well on the first lap, but I knew that there was a long race ahead and I fought at the limit on every single lap," said Hodgson. "I'm happy because I think I've done okay, but it was hard because the tyres were sliding all over, and physically I had no problems in finishing the race. In the morning I went to the Clínica and I had no less than 15 injections, but my ribs didn't bother me.

"I was annoyed because the crash was a result of a sudden change of line by Max and he put himself right in my path. In the heat of the moment I went straight to his garage to have a go, but later we talked when we had calmed down and now it's forgotten.

"With things as they are, eleventh place at Brno was a good result and I want to recover within two weeks so I can be right for the Portuguese race, but I'll be missing out a little on the other riders because I've never been there before".


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