DENNIS HOBBS WINS THE 2014 DUCATI TRIOPTIONS CUP FOR P&H MOTORCYCLES AND CARL COX!
5th October 2014 – After a year long battle with his team mate, and in front of title sponsor Carl Cox, Dennis Hobbs secured the 2014 Ducati TriOptions Cup in stunning style. Overcoming a thirteen point deficit, a second place and victory was enough to crown Dennis the victor, with Leon Morris securing second in the Championship. With 11 wins, a further 16 podiums and without any mechanical breakdowns on their 899 Panigale machines, it has been a dominating year for the Carl Cox/P&H Motorcycles.
Having been the most successful team all season, the Carl Cox/P&H Motorcycles duo of Dennis Hobbs and Leon Morris came into the final round of the year as the only two riders left remaining in the battle for the 2014 Ducati Trioptions Cup. Having taken an incredible ten wins and fifteen podiums between them, Dennis trailed Leon by 13 points heading into the final round at Silverstone.
Setting out his intentions early by topping Free Practice, Dennis secured a strong pole position in qualifying, with team mate Leon one row behind in fourth. Fresh from completing the 2014 Destination Ibiza tour, team sponsor Carl Cox arrived on Saturday, along with heavy rain ahead of the opening race.
Dennis grabbed the early lead with Leon running in third, but a massive moment on the fifth lap saw Dennis slip back as Leon take the lead. Getting his head down to pull a gap from the chasing pack, it looked like Leon could take his seventh win of the year but an uncharacteristic crash moments later, and with Dennis securing second place, saw the championship turned on its head.
Sunny and dry weather graced the grid for the second race and the P&H duo enjoyed strong starts to run second and third into the opening corner. Moving into the lead at the end of the first lap, Dennis steadily pulled away to secure victory and the 2014 title. After running as high as second, Leon slipped back to fifth, claiming second overall in the Championship.
Speaking after an emotional win, Dennis Hobbs said “It’s been a perfect year really. We came into the weekend on the backfoot but obviously with Leon slipping off yesterday it played into our hands - although we were fastest in practice so we knew we had the pace. This is my third year in the Ducati Cup but my first full season and I’ve loved it, I’d definitely like to be back next year and the Carl Cox/P&H Motorcycles team have been mega to work with.”
Paul Searle, P&H Motorcycles Owner said; “It’s been a great end to a fantastic season of racing. Alongside the brilliant results I’ve been so proud of the team. The lads have been so professional and committed, putting in a huge amount of their own time to make sure these talented riders had the tools they needed to win. The Ducati 899 is a lovely little bike and we very much would like to be back in the series next year.”
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