Hopkins pays tribute with Donington double

The American holds a slender three point advantage over Tommy Hill after the event.
John Hopkins has dedicated his two British Superbike Championship victories at Donington Park to the victims of 9/11, ten years on from the New York terrorist attacks.

Hopkins, who became the first American to win a BSB race earlier this season, added to his tally at Donington Park with an imperious performance in both races, a crucial turn of form that has seen him take an early advantage after the first of three title showdown rounds.

Keeping out of trouble in an occasionally hectic first race, the Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider was also able to avoid drama in the second race to come through to victory in each encounter, a perfect haul of 50 points that puts him three points ahead of Tommy Hill in the standings.

Coming after he was forced to skip Cadwell Park due to injury, Hopkins – who would be 40 points adrift under the former points' system – was pleased to be able to dedicate his first BSB double win to those affected by the events of ten years ago.

"This is a very special double-win for me. It's good to come back from injury and to immediately win and to take over the championship lead. But as well this is a day of remembrance back at home, for the victims of 9/11, so I'm thinking of those people and their families, and this is my tribute to them.

"We enjoyed some great racing. I was careful to conserve my tyres in the first race and I let the opportunities come to me, Tommy Hill's mistake when passing Shane Byrne played to my advantage and then it was just a matter of planning and waiting for the chance to pass Michael Laverty, and that came four laps from home. I had plenty of pace left in the bike, and in the tyres, to take it from there.

"The second race was actually harder. I got most of the racing done early, I was in the lead by the fourth lap, but the lack of distractions meant the pain in my fingers was very obvious. The bike was awesome, though, from half distance I was able to pull four-tenths a lap on Tommy and once we got to a two-second buffer I just controlled it from there."

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John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Bike Race Guru - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 10:52 AM

Hardly seems right?? Hopper misses 3 races at Cadwell and is leading the championship.. Byrne and Lavery DNF in one race at Donnington and are virtually out of it.. Seems to be a bit lop sided to me?? I've followed racing to see the best man win over the course of a season for the last 38 years.. Now all of a sudden he may not.. I won't dispute that Hopkins is probably the best rider in the field and has been outstanding.. But Offs and Mechanicals and Crashes are all part of the season.. Or used to be until 2 years ago..


September 12, 2011 10:34 AM

To come back from injury and hit the double straight away was very impressive, we know what he can do, and although Shakey has been so consistent, I'd love to see Hopper lift the trophy and start climbing that ladder again. Remember in "faster" what he did on that redbull 500, that's talent right there.

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