Hopkins shrugs off Oulton accident

John Hopkins comes away from Oulton Park empty-handed, despite dominating free practice, scoring pole position and leading the only race of the day.
John Hopkins is taking the positives away from the latest round of the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship, despite crashing out of the lead at Oulton Park.

The American was enjoying an almost perfect weekend at Oulton Park, scene of his first BSB win earlier in the season, as he topped free practice and qualified on pole position.

However, having shrugged off the difficult weather conditions to established a substantial lead in the opening race (which would turn out to be the only race of the day), Hopkins would fall at Lodge and into retirement.

A disappointing outcome for Hopkins, not least because race two would be cancelled on safety grounds, Hopkins was nonetheless pleased with his weekend performance.

"Going into that first race I was feeling confident," the Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider said. "I got off to a decent start and I gave it a lap or two to find my feet, during which time Shane Byrne came past. My objective then was to make a clean pass on Byrne and to build a lead. I wanted to make a break and avoid any havoc that might come later in the race.

"I was doing nothing adventurous when I slid off at Lodge Corner. Our data logging showed I was 3km/h slower than my previous entry speed and I was in fact braking lighter, but the front just went away. Sometimes in racing that's just the way it goes.

"My only regret is that we didn't have that second race so I could make amends. But I agree with the decision to abandon. And I've still plenty of positives to take away from the weekend. I'm very happy with how my bike and the team are performing. We're still in a very strong position in this championship."

Despite the non-score, Hopkins remains very much on course for the BSB Title Showdown.

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John Hopkins Samsung Crescent Suzuki: [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
John Hopkins Samsung Crescent Suzuki: [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Nick - Unregistered

July 19, 2011 2:47 PM

Hopper has impressed this season, I am not that surprised though. I look forward to seeing how he gets on at Cadwell Park & what he thinks of that circuit. Also he likes the Brands Hatch GP layout from when he guest rode the GP bike round. He would make a worthy champion & deserves a step back up to the world stage for 2012 I think!

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