Hislop Sets His Sights On Next Year's Title

Superbike star Steve Hislop may still be recovering from the injuries which cost him the British title but he's already setting his sights on winning the championship next year. It is now looking more likely that the 39-year-old Onchan based Scot could compete in the domestic series again after speculation he was set to ride abroad. Hizzy was left sidelined following the penultimate round of the British Superbike Championship at Rockingham just weeks ago but he's on the road to recovery. And he's playing down a story in last week's Motor Cycle News about a claim that doctors have told him he might not race again. Hislop doesn't think his current injuries will affect his future riding career.

The truth is that the 1995 champion and 11-times TT winner could be back on two wheels next month but not his Ducati. 'I might be able to ride a bicycle mid November,' Steve said. However he has plenty of time to recover for next year s season and he is continuing to rest at his home. There have been concerns about tendon damage though.

His incredible form this year has led to plenty of discussion over his future but if he does chose to stick with Paul Bird's MonsterMob team he will have 2001 Ducatis at his disposal. 'I've had a mega season,' said the British number two, 'and I think I could be British Champion next year.' Hizzy looked all set to capture the crown this year as he led the title race by 25 points going into Rockingham. However rival John Reynolds missed a gear on his Reve Red Bull Ducati in the first race and Hislop ploughed into the back of him, suffering a broken collarbone, break to the right tibia and a dislocated ankle. After being treated at the track medical centre he was taken to Kettering General Hospital.

With numerous pole positions, race wins and even World Superbike success under his belt this year, Hislop will be keen to capitalise on his dazzling form. And he would like some Island based sponsors to get in on the act. He said: 'I am allowed two personal sponsors, it would be nice to get a Manx or local company on board.'

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