Race One, World Superbike, Donington Park, Race Result
Hodgson wins at home
Neil Hodgson got the win he’s been waiting for in the first race at the Donington round of the World Superbike championship. The GSE Ducati rider swept into the lead early in the race with fellow Brit Steve Hislop close behind. But the frantic pace set by Hodgson in the damp conditions proved too much for wild card rider Hislop, who took to the grass and dropped back to sixth place. As Hodgson roared home to take the chequered flag Scotsman Hislop fought his way back through the pack and got up to second place. But on the last corner Italian Suzuki rider Pierfrancesco Chili nipped inside at the last corner to deny the Scot the runners up spot.
Championship leader Troy Bayliss had a difficult race, sliding backwards through the field after a good start. The Australian suffered tyre problems and finished back in 13th. The Ducati Infostrada rider finished behind rival Australian Troy Corser, who brought his Aprilia home in 11th. Reigning champion Colin Edwards was fifth, behind his Castrol Honda team mate Tady Okada in fourth.
First race result: 1 Neil Hodgson, GB (Ducati) 39m 46.490s, 2 Pier-FrancescoChili, Italy (Suzuki) 39m 49.182s, 3 Steve Hislop, GB (Ducati) 39m 49.320s,4 Tady Okada, Japan (Castrol Honda) 39m 50.508s, 5 Colin Edwards, USA(Castrol Honda) 39m 51.131s, 6 Ben Bostrom, USA (Ducati) 39m 51.883s, 7Ruben Xaus, Spain (Ducati) 39m 58.560s, 8 James Toseland, GB (Ducati) 40m07.263s, 9 Stephane Chambon, France (Suzuki) 40m 07.465s, 10 GregorioLavilla, Spain (Kawasaki) 40m 11.106s.
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