What a year
2002 ended in style
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