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.