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Englishman Chris Hodgson Leads The Way At Australia’s Premier Supermoto Event

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It was described as the most picturesque motorcycle racing venue in the country when the 2015 Watson Demolition and Earthworks Australian Supermoto Championships were staged last weekend along the Foreshore of Newcastle Harbour.

Organisers of the event estimated that 20,000 plus people witnessed some of the exciting racing staged over the two days.

Depending on where fans were watching from there were two contrasting and equally spectacular backdrops ‰ÛÒ the road section within metres of the working harbour which at different times had everything from massive commercial shipping, ferries, fisherman in tinnies to kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, while the testing motocross styled dirt section was in an amphitheatre underneath the historic Fort Scratchley and looking towards some of the city‰Ûªs iconic landmarks.

While there were obviously many motorcycle enthusiasts among the crowd, many onlookers would have simply turned out for their regular walks through the city‰Ûªs harbourfront parklands.

The premier S2 class was won by English rider Chris Hodgson ahead of Whitsunday rider Andrew McLeish and another Englishman Lewis Cornish.

McLeish excited the fans by getting the holeshot in all four rounds, but he won only the last one as Hodgson made his only mistake of the weekend with a heavy spill from which he recovered to finish fourth in the race.

‰ÛÏI was here since the Thursday before and I am flying back tomorrow, so I've really enjoyed it." Hodgson said. "There was tough competition from an Aussie guy, Andy McLeish and another guy from England, Lewis Cornish.

"The bike was absolutely amazing you know, I just took it right out of the box and rode it ‰ÛÒ I didn't even move the levers. It was going to be sold straight after the race and there were loads of people wanting to buy it! Considering I was up against motorcycles where people had spent $20,000 on them and I was fastest all weekend on just a bog standard Husky. It still had the big spark arrestor in the exhaust!

"The track was absolutely amazing; the off-road component, the venue with the water there in the background, everything. I think because it was in the city, it brought everybody there. They reckon there were about 20,000 people there over the weekend.‰Û

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