Crescent out to build on wildcard showing

John Hopkins and Jon Kirkham aim to build on WSBK showing on BSB return at Brands Hatch
The Samsung Crescent Racing team will hope to build on the fine form shown during the World Superbike Championship meeting at Silverstone when it returns to action in the British Superbike Championship this weekend at Brands Hatch.

The wildcard entry at Silverstone saw John Hopkins secure pole position against the factory teams before he picked up a brace of top seven finishes while team-mate Jon Kirkham battled his way to top points finishes after struggling in qualifying.

Those results mean confidence in high heading to the Brands Hatch GP circuit, where Hopkins will aim to keep his championship challenge firmly on track and Kirkham will look to join the former MotoGP racer in moving into a top six championship position before the start of the 'Showdown'.

"The team are really buzzing after the Silverstone weekend,” team manager Jack Valentine said. “Coming after two very successful tests it was another demonstration of our true potential. And as the BSB championship gets closer to the final Showdown we're again contenders for the title.

"Hopper's clearly on top of his game. After qualifying fastest at Silverstone it was always going to be a tall order for him to back that up with a podium finish – the factory-backed WSB superbikes have an edge on us on top speed – but again he showed his ability to take his bike to the very limit of its capability and bring home the high-scores. 

"Earlier in testing here at Brands Hatch GP we found within his first half an hour on track Hopper was on BSB race pace. Importantly he says he loves this circuit. He's having fun out there. For everyone else in the paddock that's a dangerous mood for Hopper to be in!

"JK's probably suffered a few rookie-blues this season, he's had his fair share of misfortunes, but he's still in the fight. JK's on the edge of the Title Fighters top-six and with six races over the next two rounds he stands a very good chance of netting the points he needs to be in the running for the Showdown. He'll remember he scored a strong fifth finish at Brands at the 2011 season opener, so he'll be looking to get back to his top-six form over the weekend.

"All in all, we're definitely looking forward to some strong performances this weekend!"

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