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."