“To race to win at BSB level requires a great deal of commercial support and I would like to thank all at Samsung Mobile for their trust and commitment. Samsung is a great company to work with and we hope we returned them a good balance of exposure, experience and excitement during 2011. Also to Richard and the guys at Fixi, our superb lubricants partner Motorex, the team at Akrapovic and all our partners large and small – we hope you enjoyed the ride and thank you for everything you bring to the team. Thanks must also go to Martyn James at Crescent Hq for keeping things under control, not always in the easiest of circumstances.
“Finally, I would like to make a comment on the BSB points scoring system. There have been a lot of comments and nonsense spoken about who is the real winner etc. This is ridiculous – all the riders and teams go into the series knowing the regulations and they alter their tactics accordingly. For example, John missed the Cadwell round in order to recover from injury for the start of the shootout, but in a normal points scoring system would have found some way to strap himself to the bike and score some points. Equally, riders will have settled for a certain race position during the main season in order to retain the safe Top 6 overall place, but would have raced differently in a normal situation. So – it is what it is, we were all aiming for the same thing and ultimately the winner of the final race was the rightful Champion. Well done Tommy, huge respect to you and your team.
“Samsung Crescent Racing and John Hopkins may not have become Champions this year but we fought, raced, and conducted ourselves like Champions and I am very proud of everything we achieved in 2011. Roll on 2012!”