Sunday 6th December witnessed another landmark achievement for Chris Hodgson aboard his Automotive Solutions Husqvarna when he claimed his 15th British Championship Title at the legendary Supermoto circuit of Three Sisters.
With a season of ups and downs surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic the Cumbria rider battled hard throughout the revised championship calendar and against the odds at times with a broken collar bone sustained mid-season. However, he came out on top at the conclusion of the final race of the day and on his return to the paddock was applauded by his peers and fellow teammates for his determination and consistency which had paid off.
No easy accomplishment though as the typical winter conditions presented all riders with a surface in parts not dissimilar to a wet festival day at Glastonbury with mud and debris being drawn across the tarmac sections. On occasions Chris could be seen in full sideways speedway style on the exit of the off-road sections, but his years of experience showed that a steady consistent pace wins championship and non-more than at the weekend where a simple mistake or fall could have demolished his chances of another title. For sure there were plenty of other riders close behind in the championship perched in waiting should a mistake happen but with a controlled ride Chris was not in the frame of mind to take too many risks.
15 British Championship titles puts him right up there with some of the greats across the world of supermoto and for sure the Cumbria joiner duly deserves the recognition of his achievements, in fact if there was a ‘Hall of Fame’ he would for sure be in with greats such as Chareyre, Chambon and Seel.
2020 witnessed Hodgson pass on his years of experience to those just entering, or even seasoned in the sport with the development of his CH74 Training Days which provides not only practical but theory behind improving the skills required to take on the mixture of off road and tarmac surfaces. Alongside this he has demonstrated his desire to see young riders move through the sport and non-more than a fellow teammate, young Alex Mullaney who Chris has taken under his wing to push him toward a future Elite Championship title winner. Progress is already in place with the young Lancashire rider claiming both a National and British title in his respective classes at the weekend.
Chris also recently joined Everything Supermoto United Kingdom administration team where once again he is playing a big part in the development of their trackdays and all other areas of the promotion of the sport which they provide.
The Automotive Solutions Team owner Paul Reynolds is overjoyed with Chris’s achievement his support behind the Cumbria rider paying dividends with a championship trophy.
“I’m overjoyed to claim yet another title and it has been possible with the support of Paul and of course all my dedicated sponsors. Its been a tough year for everyone and at points we were uncertain if a championship would even go ahead? David Dearden and the team at NoraSport did an excellent job of pulling things together which in the end gave me the opportunity to secure another title. Sustaining an injury whilst training on my motocross bike was for sure a point where I thought my chances of another title could be limited, but a steady consistent approach and no mechanical problems took me to my 15th title. I’d just like to thank everyone who has sent messages of support and congratulations. I’m already looking forward to 2021 where of course I will be pushing hard to make it 16 titles.”
Images = Peter Barlow
Words = Neil Jay