What a year

2002 ended in style

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Steve Hislop had won the Bri­tish Su­per­bike ti­tle in 2002 and was then un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously sacked by team boss Paul Bird. The Scot had taken the ti­tle and also set the cat amongst the pi­geons by set­ting the fastest out­right lap record at Don­ing­ton on his BSB bike - putting the Mo­togp stars in the shade. Even the Goat-in-wait­ing, Valentinto Rossi could not lap the Der­byshire track as quickly as the canny Scot.

Hizzy landed a ride with Vir­gin Yamaha, but split in July af­ter strug- gling on the YZF-R1. He was due to join Sean Em­mett on a Du­cati, but never got to ride it as he trag­i­callty died in he­li­copter ac­ci­dent on July 30, 2003.

In World Su­per­bikes, Bri­tain’s Neil Hodg­son fin­ished the sea­son third be­hind Amer­i­can Colin Ed­wards and Aussie Troy Bayliss, but 2003 would be his year.

This roller­coaster of a 12 months was also the year we said farewell to the Queen Mother, who died at the ripe old age of 101.

‘Steve was one of the best rid­ers in the world... it was beau­ti­ful to just stand there and watch him ride’ FOGGY PAYS TRIBUTE TO HISLOP

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