Hodson joins Dafabet Devitt for 2020 roads season| Road racing staff | TT and Roads
Dafabet Devitt Racing have announced the signing of Rob Hodson for the 2020 International road racing season.
The 30-year old will contest all of the International road races and will compete in the Superbike, Superstock, Supersport and Lightweight classes with the Isle of Man TT Races and Southern 100 being the main focus for the season – plus the possibility of the Northwest 200 and Ulster GP, should it run. As in previous years the team will also run a number of BSB rounds.
“An opportunity like this doesn’t come along every day so it goes without saying that I’m over the moon to have joined the Dafabet Devitt Racing team for 2020 and I’m really grateful for the faith they’ve shown in me,” said Hodson.
“I’d like to think I’ve had some strong results so far in my career and believe the team can help me make further progress and improve both my results and speeds at all of the meetings. They have a history of doing similar with other riders so I’m more than hopeful of continuing that trend in 2020.”
“I’ve been running my own team for the last few years so it will be a different experience for me to concentrate solely on my riding but one I’m really looking forward to with good results at the TT and Southern 100 both mine, and the team’s, main aim.
It’s easy to see why the team have been successful as their preparation is second to none with all of the bikes immaculately turned out and there are so many positives about joining them.
“We’re looking to have a strong and enjoyable year and I’d also like to express my gratitude to my loyal sponsors who have been with me the last few years and fully support my plans for 2020.”
Son of renowned road racer and former Isle of Man TT podium finisher Jim, Hodson has carved out his own successful career where he was initially successful at the Manx Grand Prix, winning the 2015 Super Twin race as well as taking four more podiums at the event.
He moved up to the TT in 2016 and has since gone on to win 11 bronze replicas with his best finish coming in 2018 when he placed 14th in the Senior race. That race also saw him post his quickest lap to date of the 37.73-mile Mountain Course with a speed of 126.274mph.
The Wigan rider has also been a consistent front runner at the Southern 100 with a close second place finish taken in the opening Super Twin race at last year’s meeting whilst he’s also been a regular top six finisher in the 1000cc and 600cc categories. He’s currently the 10th quickest rider around the Billown course having lapped at 112.545mph in 2018.