John Hopkins will begin a new chapter in his illustrious career when he takes to the grid for the opening round of the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship with Samsung Crescent Suzuki.
Having been dogged by injuries in recent years, ailments that have prevented him from completing a full season of racing since 2007, Hopkins comes to BSB looking to rebuild his reputation.
Riding for Crescent Suzuki, though Hopkins' Superbike experience was interrupted by injury in 2009 and 2010, the American is feeling rejuvenated ahead of his bow on the British stage.
"We've had a great run-up to the season, the testing has been fantastic and I'm so impressed with how the team works, it's all very professional. And having had a chance to get a race under my belt in MotoGP means I'm not as race rusty as I might have been.
"But now it's all about getting the best results we can in BSB, and nothing less. I am 100% focused on the racing to come and I'll be doing everything I can to get the results we deserve. I've said that I want to enjoy my racing much more now, to put on a good show for the fans, but I also know that BSB is one of the toughest arenas in bike sport.
“This is no walk in the park, this is racing at its toughest and tough is how I must come into this. You don't go racing to finish well-placed, you go racing to win."
Hopkins comes to the BSB opener having finished inside the top ten on his return race for Rizla Suzuki in MotoGP at Jerez.