PELE, Muhammad Ali, Michael Schumacher, Carl Lewis, Jack Nicklaus, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps, Don Bradman, Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan and Jonah Lomu - just a short list of exceptional sportsmen that have made it to the top in their individual fields.
Arguably that list contains some of the greatest athletes of all time. Nevertheless, there is one sportsman with local roots that deserves consideration among that elite group. He may not be acknowledged as history’s finest but Burnley Bullet Neil Hodgson was a world champion.
Hodgson’s motocross romance stemmed from a very early age, in fact he was barely six when he was familiarised with the adrenalin-filled sport. He started competing as a schoolboy motocross rider in 1982 and continued to flourish and excel throughout his time at St Thomas Fisher and John More RC High School, scooping the Rider of the Year accolade in the 1986/87 season.
“My dad used to race bikes so when I was really young I had a bike bought for me,” said Hodgson. “I used to ride around the local fields. I started racing schoolboy motocross from being eight until 15 and then, after breaking my leg, I started doing road racing.”..more
Via Vicki Smith for Ducati.net