Tyco Suzuki's John Hopkins expects Oulton Park to prove a happier hunting ground after a steady return to the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

The Californian finished fifth in race one but dropped to 11th in the second encounter after making a 'small, uncharacteristic mistake'.

Hopkins, who had qualified in third place for the first race, admitted that the Indy circuit at Brands isn't one of his favourite tracks but the American is feeling positive for the next round at Oulton on May 5.

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"It's no secret that the Brands Indy circuit wouldn't be one of my favourites on the British calendar, but we can take a lot of positives from the weekend," he said.

"Qualifying was tough in the wet conditions, but to put the Tyco Suzuki on the front row was pleasing. Fifth place was a solid enough result, but in race two I made a small uncharacteristic mistake and lost a few places that I couldn't get back.

"Oulton Park was good to me last time I was here in British Superbike so it's a circuit I'm looking forward to racing at next time out."