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More mechanical woe for Hodgson

More mechanical woe for Hodgson

More mechanical woe for Hodgson

Neil Hodgson's miserable first season back in MotoGP continued at the Marlboro Malaysian Grand Prix, where he was forced to retire with mechanical problems for the second successive race. Hodgson pulled out on the sixth lap, with a mysterious technical glitch on his 2003 version Ducati Desmosedici.

"This was a weekend to forget and my race was a lot shorter than expected," explained Hodgson. "I seemed to be losing power and every lap I just got slower.

"Now we'll see what happened, but I'm a little disappointed frankly because I never felt quite right and once again I didn't pick up points.

"Although, dwelling on it won't help, so we go straight to Phillip Island now, which is one of my favourite tracks. I've got good memories from there and I hope it goes better down under."

Things went slightly better for his team-mate Ruben Xaus, who also had problems with his bike but managed to bring it home in thirteenth place.

"I had to save myself from several surprises because I think some riders went a little too hard into the first turn and then I got a few knocks, but I'm happy nonetheless because I picked up points once more in a difficult race," said Xaus.

"The rear tyre was sliding all over on me and the bike was slipping about too much from the start. In the morning warm-up I had a good rhythm going, but by race time the temperature had gone up a lot and I could tell because the tyre was getting hot and the more I spun up, the more I slid around.

"Overall it's positive though, I got three more points and I'll be hunting down the top ten because I'm only three points off tenth spot. I'm eager to get to Australia though, because it's one of my favourite circuits."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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