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Hodgson looks ahead to the 2013 Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge

Former World and British Superbike champion Neil Hodgson returns as the ambassador for the Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge in 2013 and is already looking ahead to the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch on 5/6/7 April.

In an exclusive preview for the season, Neil speaks about his role and the forthcoming season:

"The Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge is something that I really enjoy being a part of. I go to most rounds to help and mentor the riders and for me, I love being in the paddock. I go to most of the rounds and I offer advice where I think I can; some of the guys don't need it, but I like to see riders making progress. I go out in sessions and see where I think someone can improve or try and give some advice on how to get the best out of the Ducati. I also try to get involved in other ways; whether it is to do with set up or just trying to promote the series. It feels like I am giving something back at events and I take it really seriously as I like to see the riders improving throughout the season.

I think the Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge offers a really affordable way to go racing and be part of a series that features at British Championship events, which is a really cool thing. We have a really good atmosphere in the paddock too; everyone interacts and everyone always says that Ducati is like a family and you really get that sense when you in the 848 paddock. Championships change all the time, they are constantly evolving but with this you can race in an environment where there is a real balance between relaxed and sociable but still that level of competition when you get out on track.

A Ducati is such a different breed of racing machine and it is such an easy bike to ride; you can jump on it and feel almost at home straight away. It has a way of making you feel really connected and I think the 848 is also a very good bike to know when you are approaching the limit before you crash. Anyone who hasn't ridden an 848 definitely should take one for a test ride; whether it is to race or even for the road, it really is a great bike.

I think one of the highlights of the season will be the round at Donington Park on the WSB weekend, because for me personally that is one of my favourite tracks; it is between that one and Brands Hatch really. I won my first ever WSB race there and I know every inch of the tarmac there so I am sure I will be pushing for all the riders to come out on a track walk there so I can share some of my best lines and advice. Either that or I will go for a walk round on my own and reminisce!

It is good to see new riders in the series this year and also some familiar faces; there were some really close races last season and I think this year will be even closer. It really is great to see how everyone develops over the season and I hope that we can see more of that in 2013.

Neil 

To visit the new Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge website please click here