Crescent ready for Silverstone return

The American was a WSBK pole sitter at Silverstone earlier this year, form he will look to replicate to firm his BSB chances.
Samsung Crescent Suzuki head to the crucial 'second' round of the 2011 British Superbike title showdown at Silverstone with form on their side as John Hopkins looks to continue his excellent form.

Fresh from his double victory at Donington Park, one that saw him nose ahead in the fight for the 2011 title against Tommy Hill and Shane Byrne, Hopkins will be making his second appearance at Silverstone having competed as a wild-card at world championship level earlier this season.

Stunning the regulars to claim a pole position – and two top seven finishes -, Hopkins will be looking to finish what he started two months ago and increase his advantage in the BSB standings.

"We're certainly ready for this next – penultimate – round,” said team manager Jack Valentine. “The last round – Donington Park – was the best round of the year so far for us and both riders have certainly hit their top form at just the right time in the championship.

"Hopper's been very vigilant as to the condition of his injured hand and with further surgery last week he's confident he's in the best condition to face this weekend's racing.

"As well, the team is as prepared as it can be. We know Silverstone well after our WSB wild card appearance there earlier this year. We took from that a lap-record-beating set-up that is also strong for the full 14-laps of a BSB race. It's a high speed circuit so we've been working on the engine to find a few more horsepower – ideal for those long straights.

"It's going to be a testing weekend, though. We're not complacent and we know we need to be there at the end of every race, ideally at the top of the podium."

Valentine also has high hopes for his second rider Jon Kirkham, who took valuable points away from Hopkins's rivals at Donington Park with a fine run to fifth and third.

“JK meanwhile will be ordering 'more of the same' as the form he's enjoyed since Cadwell Park has made hi m a real headache for the other Title Fighters. He's doing everything a team-mate should in support of a championship contender. I couldn't ask for more.”

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pp916 - Unregistered

September 20, 2011 3:30 PM

Should add that we also have a mentally fit Hopper racing in the UK, clear of drink, drugs, women, partying and whatever else was screwing up his talent.....maybe its just a better environment to race in here where he is more appreciated? Incidentally, by infering that he's only a top 10 contender in the US are we to take it that you feel he is unworthy of a return to WSB or GP? Unless of course you believe the remainder of that top 10 should also be there as they must be as capable or more capable than he is......

pp916 - Unregistered

September 20, 2011 3:11 PM

@ Zhughes...less than subtle baiting there fella! Would you like to factor in the better equipment he's on now and riding free from the injuries he has been carrying for the last couple of seasons? (setting aside the recent hand injury).....I seem to remember that his US team were less than impressed with his dishonesty about the severity and ongoing issues relating to those injuries..... Out of curiosity, how did Jake Zemke fare in AMA last season? If Hopper is going to win the championship there's no problem with that, provided of course its done fairly rather than as the consequence of a bastardized scoring system.

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