As Oliver’s Mount commentator Tony Coupland put it, Dafabet Racing’s Rob Hodson is arguably racing better than he ever has at present.
Twice victorious during the 70th Scarborough Gold Cup, he placed no lower than second from Super Twins, Classic Superbike races completed.
Additionally bagging a new personal best lap time of 1.48.498 seconds, Hodson left Scarborough post Sunday evening with unquestionably more positives than negatives.
Prior to another highly productive weekend’s racing, Road Racing News gained the amiable racer’s thoughts on a selection of roads themed subjects, beginning with reflecting on last month’s Classic Superbike Manx GP triumph.
“It was fantastic, we knew we had the pace all week, I knew we wouldn’t walk away with anything, with the calibre of riders in that race, with the speeds they were doing.
I knew we would be in the hunt and just pressed on from the first lap. Got my first pit-board I was in P5, next pit-board was P2 so it was really close and it spurred me on to carry on, pushing as hard as I could.
I wasn’t sure who I was racing with, it turned out to be Craig Neve, he unfortunately, well unfortunately for him he broke down on the final lap, I’d got a slight gap anyway but you know it was really close up until that point between us.
So, just pressed on as much as I could and then the last lap got a pit-board saying P1 plus 20 and then the next one was 23.
After that from sort of Sulby on-wards, not coasted back but knocked a few revs off the bike, just looked after it and took the win by 15 seconds, a dream day really.”
Hodson went onto disclose that a return to Macau, is a possibility.
“There is talk of the Macau Grand Prix going ahead, with a few restrictions in place. We have sent the entry off for that, a few details and things.
But as for meetings in England, there might be some things we can pick and choose at, the odd club meeting or endurance or something, which we have done in the past.
But as you can see, leaves blowing around and stuff, it’s becoming that time of the year were it is time
to call it a day before you end the season miserably.”
Touching upon next season, Hodson is optimistic about competing again for the respective Dafabet Racing, Greenall Racing, Ruthless Racing outfits.
“Things are looking good, all three teams Dafabet Racing/RC Express, Greenall Racing, Ruthless Racing, I think everyone is happy with what I’ve done this year.
I’m happy with what we’ve done and obviously there is things to be discussed and what we can improve on.
It’s all down to sponsorship side of things, if everything falls into place, I don’t see why we can’t have
another good year together with three good teams.”
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou