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Career turnaround almost complete for Hopkins

Facing a challenge from Tommy Hill, Hopkins's plan for the weekend is to try and stay ahead of the Swan Yamaha man, preferably extending his advantage to 25 points before the final race so he can relax in what he has already confirmed will be his BSB swansong.

“My plan is to go into the weekend to win. My whole intention is to win the championship, so if I can do that in the first two races, then that is my goal. I want to be able to relax as soon as possible, and not have it constantly on my mind. I have eight points now, so if I can get a 25 point lead before the third race, then that would be ideal. If other factors come into it, then I will try to stay ahead of Tommy Hill.”

Though Hopkins's movements for 2012 remain unknown, the American told Crash.net that he will be competing at world championship level next season, either in MotoGP or World Superbikes.



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cerv750

October 06, 2011 10:39 AM

Massive respect for John for the way he's gone about his racing this year. Personally I'd love to see him spearhead a Suzuki revival in WSBK, but whatever he does next year he's going to have plenty of fans behind him.

Paul46 - Unregistered

October 06, 2011 11:25 AM

Wolfy35 - I am the same, I am torn between the top 3 guys. Realistically it is going to be Hill vs Hopkins, I would like to see Tommy Hill take it as hes a Brit and has ridden a great 2nd half of the season. I also am a Hopper fan and would like to see him take the title. I guess I will be happy either way! I reckon these 2 guys can deliver some great racing though which is the main thing, looking forward to getting to Brands this weekend! Give Crescent their Worx support back and get them into WSBK if Hopper doesn't get a MotoGP ride. The team deserve to progress as much as the rider, they have done a consistantly good job and would be at the sharp end of WSBK no doubt.



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