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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 September, 2003, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
Hodgson's year in photos
Hodgson and Xaus unveil this year's bike
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In February Neil Hodgson and team-mate Ruben Xaus unveil the bike that will propel Hodgson to his first Superbike Championship title
Hodgson and Xaus celebrate four one-twos in a row
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A stellar start to the season sees Hodgson and Xaus record one-twos in the first four races of the season
Hodgson's winning streak extends to nine races
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Hodgson's amazing run of form continues as he goes on to record wins at Japan, Italy and Germany to gain a maximum 225 points from the first nine races
After a second place, Hodgson records another two wins
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After a second place in the second race at Oschersleben, Hodgson continues on his winning ways by recording two victories at Silverstone
A poor mid-season run sees his winning streak come to an end
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But a poor mid-season run by his high standards sees him chalk up four second-places, a fifth place and his only retirement of the season so far
Hodgson needs just a fifth place at Assen
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But his rivals can't capitalise on his poor run and Hodgson is left needing just a fifth place at Assen to win his first Superbike title
Hodgson and Xaus battle for the lead in Assen
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Hodgson has a ding-dong battle for the lead in Assen with his team-mate Xaus but plays it cautiously and settles for second place to secure the world championship
Hodgson pays tribute to his newly-born daughter
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The newly crowned Superbike champion pays tribute to his daughter Holly-Jo, who was born just last week, as he goes on his lap of honour around Assen
Hodgson finally collects the championship trophy in Assen
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Hodgson celebrates winning the title in his seventh Superbike season as he collects the championship trophy at Assen, The Netherlands




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