Neil Hodgson will be competing in World Superbikes for the first time in 2001 for GSE Ducati, after narrowly beating Chris Walker to the 2000 MB4U British Superbike Championship. The 27-year-old Lancashire rider has risen through the ranks of road racing and short circuits to get this chance. Unquestionably, he will be the fans' favourite. Neil Bramwell is a freelance sports journalist, having formerly been sports editor of the Blackburn-based Lancashire Evening Telegraph. He collaborated with Carl Fogarty in writing the Superbike legend's bestselling autobiography.