John Hopkins will return to the saddle this week as the preparations for his MCE British Superbike Championship comeback with Suzuki get underway with testing in Spain.

Hopkins, a BSB runner-up in 2011, will make his return to competition this season after taking an injury-enforced sabbatical last year, the American joining Tyco Suzuki for his comeback.

Hopkins will be out on track at Cartagena alongside a handful of other BSB contenders, including Josh Brookes, Tommy Bridewell and Ian Hutchinson, and after such a long period out, Hopkins says he is looking forward to getting back to action.

"It's good to be here and meet my new team and I'm looking forward to my first track action on the Tyco Suzuki."

Hopkins will be joined in the Tyco Suzuki team this season by Australian rider Josh Waters, who will also be present during testing.

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