Yamaha pulls out of WSB for 2012

A very sad day and something i hoped would never happen. Following Ducati who pulled out of WSB this year Yamaha WSB have announced they are not going to have a factory team in 2012 leaving Marco and Eugene without rides. They will still however continue to supply race parts to private teams. Yamaha have been at the pointy end of road racing for many years and along with the YZF R1 had some fantastic race bikes including the legendary R7 (remember Haga and his R7?)
I do hope people start buying sports bikes again soon, or we will be watching Adventure trail bikes touring the USA on a Sunday afternoon. Who’s next? will Honda pull out because of the crappy season they are having?
Maybe this is a blessing in disguise, some of the best racing i have ever seen was club racing and removing the big money from the world championship may do it some good.

Neil Hodgson Retires

Neil Hodgson has anounced his retierment from racing due to injuries sustained in a motorcross crash last year. Hodgson was due to ride for Motorpoint Yamaha this season in BSB but having had a large highside at Brands Hatch a few weeks ago he has agraviated the injury leading him to make the decision to stop.
I for one was looking forward to seeing Neil fighting for the title this year and maybe even having a few battles with his old nemisis Walker.

We at MCRR wish Neil all the best and hope to see him doing sone punditry on the television soon.