I am the first reigning title
holder to be hosting the show so whenever history is being made there certainly is pressure," she added.
Hobson accepted the ITV-televised bout at short notice after reigning title
holder Johnny Nelson withdrew (Maccarinelli was the interim champion).
The 23-year-old Sheffield rider is on the verge of following in the tyre tracks of four-times WSB champion Carl Fogarty and reigning title
holder Neil Hodgson, who now competes in MotoGP.
And he is upbeat about beating the reigning title
holders in their own back-yard.
Ethan Conlin is the reigning title
holder and odds-on-favourite to strike gold again in the Under-12s' event.
The 39-year-old Yorkshireman became the 15th individual winner of the game's most prestigious prize when he dethroned reigning title
holder Ted Hankey with a 6-2 victory at the Lakeside.
Alvin Obero netted a goal in the 29th minute and it was just enough cushion for the Chiefs to defeat the reigning title
holder for their second victory.
However, the reigning title
holders' squad is relatively inexperienced compared to last year's and their star players have been snapped up by Europe's top clubs.
And Wales claimed a new world champion in the shape of Bronwen Tango, a freelance shepherdess from Abergavenny, who squeezed past reigning title
holder, the Kiwi Sheree Alabaster, in the woolhandling final.
Newcastle University Boat Club president, Henry Pelly, threw down the challenge to reigning title
holders Durham by offering the ceremonial oar blade to Durham's Boat Club president Martin Hill, cheered on by rowers from both clubs.
holder Ben Crowther squeezed through the first round against Ogden's Steven Sweeney only to bite the dust when he came up against Brad Tupman, one to watch for after he accounted for Meltham's Graham McLean, last year's beaten finalist.