BSB » Hopkins dedicates wins on 9/11 anniversary

The American holds a slender three point advantage over Tommy Hill after the event.

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September 12, 2011 10:34 AM

To come back from injury and hit the double straight away was very impressive, we know what he can do, and although Shakey has been so consistent, I'd love to see Hopper lift the trophy and start climbing that ladder again.

Remember in "faster" what he did on that redbull 500, that's talent right there.

Bike Race Guru - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 10:52 AM

Hardly seems right?? Hopper misses 3 races at Cadwell and is leading the championship.. Byrne and Lavery DNF in one race at Donnington and are virtually out of it.. Seems to be a bit lop sided to me?? I've followed racing to see the best man win over the course of a season for the last 38 years.. Now all of a sudden he may not.. I won't dispute that Hopkins is probably the best rider in the field and has been outstanding.. But Offs and Mechanicals and Crashes are all part of the season.. Or used to be until 2 years ago..

Jake - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 11:12 AM

I agree completely. Why hold a complete season if only the last couple of races matter? While a play-off system works for stick & ball sports, I don't like it in motorsports. I guess I'm in the minority because I don't think this type of "drama" adds any excitement. A boring race is a boring race. I find it funny how F1 (and I do actually like F1) can have an exciting battle for the title, when in fact that "battle" is on paper only as there was very little if any on track battles.

I'd rather see a rider dominate a season, but have to fight for each win on track, than have a close title race only because the system manufactured the results

TDS - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 11:27 AM

I do not like this point system at all!!!! During the races, James Whitham & Jack Burnicle were saying that some riders were up at the front, but were more or less "hindering" the ones that were in the top 6 battle!! If this is the case, then you would have to have one race for the top 6 and another for the rest of them!! Ridiculous! A race is a race and you are there to win!!

pp916 - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 12:36 PM

Good point about Jack Burnicle in particular refering to the audacity of Hickman, Jessop & Kirkham to get in amongst the 'chosen 6'....its also clear that the riders outside of those 6 feel an obligation to tip-toe around them rather than get struck in.
At the circuit there was also Fred Clarke (cicuit commentator) stating 'Forget everything that has gone before, the season starts here!'
Wonder how those that had worked hard to build up good points over the majority of the season, or those that were close to the top 6 but are now excluded from competing effectively in the remainder of the championship feel about that?
Not knocking Hopper, he did a great job on Sunday, but if he wins the championship by a contrived scoring system it will be forever tainted.

its good racing that matters - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 1:01 PM

truth is 916.all the top six,or whoever wins the title now.will have won it by a contrived system,because they all have had their little advantages over the you if they had a system of ,say,paying riders/teams $200 for each point earned over the season,you would have a different mindset/results. its the same for everybody makes little difference really

Dangleberry - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 1:38 PM

If anyone other than Byrne wins it will be contrived. He's the only one who's been consistent and uninjured. Hill and Hopper have both missed races, Laverty has been injured from crashes at Brands & Croft and Brookes and Kiyo have not had anywhere near championship winning form. If I were Byrne I'd be right pee'd off!

Andrew Long

September 12, 2011 1:57 PM

Whats Byrne going to do if he doesn't like the rules ? Go to WSB where they do things differently ? He signed up to the regulations and perhaps should have been a little less rash at that first corner in race 2.

nobodyknow - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 2:39 PM

I think if Hopper make a fantastic achievement by winning BSB Championship on a debut season, the next destination would be WSBK. John Hopkins and the Samsung Crescent Suzuki team have a capability to compete in WSBK (hope both of them could continue their partnership and move there along).
For MotoGP, i think it's still to early. Maybe Hopper should sit and watch first bout the teams available on the track for the first season of 1000cc, and after that to make a GOOD move a year afterward.. :)

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