April 22, 2010 / 1:43 PM / 10 years ago

BRIEF-Motorcycling-Former superbike champion Hodgson retires

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) - Former world superbike champion and MotoGP rider Neil Hodgson announced his retirement on Thursday due to a shoulder injury.

The 36-year-old Briton, world champion in 2003, had returned to British superbikes this season but aggravated an injury he suffered last year when he crashed in the opening round at Brands Hatch this month.

“It will take time for me to come to terms with this but it is the right decision,” he said in a statement after seeing a shoulder specialist in Manchester.

“My shoulder will get back to probably 90 percent over the next couple of years so I will be able to have a normal life.”

Editing by Miles Evans. To query anything on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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