John Hopkins talks BSB debut

John Hopkins is satisfied with his performance - rather than the results - following his much-hyped British Superbike Championship debut at Brands Hatch.
John Hopkins endured mixed fortunes on his much anticipated British Superbike race debut at Brands Hatch, the Suzuki rider scoring a top five finish, but also suffering a fall.

The American had placed himself on the back foot after qualifying in 11th position, but made good ground early on in race one to run in fifth position behind Stuart Easton.

However, his efforts to get past the Kawasaki rider came to no avail on lap 11 when he ran wide and slid off the Samsung Crescent Suzuki at Druids. Though Hopkins remounted, he could only recover to 17th at the chequered flag.

“Not my greatest day, not my worst. We started the day well, we'd made some changes overnight and that made a difference – third fastest, and my personal best of the weekend, in warm-up.

"I was pleased with my start in the first race, I got through some traffic but then got stuck behind Stuart Easton. When it comes down to tenths of a second between you and then next guy then passing isn't easy, and so when I was pushing it into Druids it didn't take much to run wide, and then go down. I picked it back up but couldn't get back into the points.”

Starting further up the grid for race two, Hopkins settled in sixth position, once again behind Easton, the former MotoGP rider choosing to bide his time in getting through on this occasion.

He eventually achieved his objective, though he'd go no higher than fifth position, ten seconds off the leaders

"I didn't get the best start in race two, in fact I got bumped as I went into turn one and this cost me a few places. Again I found myself coming back though and again finding Stuart Easton mid-race.

“I took my time second time around and made sure it was a safe pass – I wanted some points from this weekend. After that there was too big a gap to the guys in front and it wasn't worth risking another fall to try and catch them."

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John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Dunlop, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Taylor Mackenzie, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Glenn Irwin, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jakub Smrz, Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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sedjo - Unregistered

April 26, 2011 12:51 PM

Pretty promising start for JH. In contention in both races. Unfortunate get off in race one but a solid 5th in the second.I think Oulton will suit him better,in fact I quite fancy him for a podium next weekend. Good luck John.

TLRJohnny - Unregistered

April 26, 2011 2:05 PM

I think Hopper showed people this weekend that he is ready to run at the pointy end in BSB. It's funny, but when you head to a new series, you're never sure whether you're going to be able to compete at the front, even if the series you came from was MotoGP (with a brief interim in America). Still, JH was in MotoGP for a reason, and he's shown this weekend that he still has gobs of skill. As a Canadian, I've never kept tabs on BSB (I'm sure it's great, but I already follow GP, WSB, AMA, and Cdn SBK - I have to draw the line somewhere), but now with Hopper there, I'm a new fan. I just need to find out how to actually watch it (youtube maybe?).

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