Hopkins in charge at Oulton Park

John Hopkins takes charge of proceedings at Oulton Park as he tops both first and second free practice.
John Hopkins has established himself as the rider to beat heading into the remainder of the British Superbike Championship weekend at Oulton Park after topping second free practice.

Having headed FP1 aboard the Samsung Crescent Suzuki by more than four tenths, Hopkins remained three tenths up on Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill as lap times came down markedly in the afternoon.

Once again Hopkins and Hill commanded a significant lead over the opposition with MSS Colchester Kawasaki's Gary Mason an impressive third, but still eight tenths down on pace setter Hopkins.

Michael Laverty, who won his first career BSB race at Oulton Park last year aboard a Relentless by TAS Suzuki, was fourth fastest, ahead of the man who replaced him in the team, Josh Brookes.

Championship leader Shane Byrne slipped to sixth fastest, ahead of Michael Rutter and BSB returnee James Ellison, while Ryuichi Kiyonari and Ian Lowry rounded out the top ten, the latter performing well on the Buildbase BMW.

In the EVO class, Glen Richards was fastest, marginally ahead of Moto Rapido Ducati's Scott Smart, while Graeme Gowland was third.

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John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Christian Iddon, Halsall Suzuki, BSB test day [Credit: Halsall Suzuki]
Lee Jackson, Buildbase BMW, BSB test day [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari, Buildbase BMW, BSB Donington test [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne (GBR) PBM Kawasaki, Almeria [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
David Johnson, MotoDex BMW, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Tyco BMW, BSB test day [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Stuart Easton, PBM Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty (GBR), Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Yamaha R1, BSB test day [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison (GBR), JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ian Hutchinson (GBR), PBM Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari and Lee Jackson, Buildbase BMW [Credit: British Superbike]

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Danimal - Unregistered

July 15, 2011 6:27 PM

Hopper has sized up the competition and knows he can beat them. The Zook is a well put together package and His hunger for victory has become a monster. Suzuki may have missed out by letting Spies get away but now, a reborn Hopkins should do well in 1000cc Motogp next season and develop the new 1000 nicely.

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