Given the first rate conditions, allied to a huge amount of track time, countless racers set major new PB lap times around Oliver’s Mount at the 69th Scarborough Gold Cup.
One of those leaving Scarborough with an impressive lap time was Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Rob Hodson, who during the third Supersport (A) race came within a whisker of a sub 1 minute 50 seconds lap.
Recently I caught up with the 2015 Super Twins Manx GP winner to talk all things Scarborough in 2020 and my first question was how quickly did it take him to re-adapt to roads competition at the Barry Sheene Classic, after the lengthy disruption to roads action cause of the Covid-19 pandemic.
His answer was:
“Prior to 2020, I wasn’t particularly experienced around Oliver’s Mount and had never done a dry lap around the course so this year has been great to learn the place and get to grips with what it takes to run towards the top 5, it was great to get back to a pure road race after competing at the BSB circuits.”
Part of the multi TT winning RC Express Racing run Dafabet Devitt Racing set-up, Hodson was full of praise for his suitors who have helped improve his pedigree at Scarborough.
“The whole team have been great this year, the bikes have all the right bits to make them as good as can be and are ready to ride as soon as they’re pulled out of the van which is brilliant.
As a rider being able to just concentrate on riding them, not stressing about preparation, that in itself is a big step forward.”
Fifth within all Super Twin races of the 69th Gold Cup meeting, I was keen to find out what the Southern 100 winner, ten times top 25 TT finisher considered his favourite moment from Scarborough action during 2020.
He candidly stated:
“I don’t have a favourite moment but the best bit has to be the rewarding feeling when things start to click and the lap times come down.”
My conversation with the much respected, well liked Hodson concluded with a focus on 2021 goals at North Yorkshire’s ‘Mini TT’.
“I’d like to carry on making progress towards the lap times needed to run in a top 3 position.
At the Gold Cup 5 riders of the top group all had crashes over the weekend which shows how much they were on the limit, I plan to chip away and the times/higher positions will come!”
Words by Stevie Rial