John Hopkins' hopes of reaching the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship Title Showdown have been delivered a potentially critical blow after failing to finish two of the three races at Oulton Park and picking up an ankle injury.
The American, who was a title contender when he last competed in BSB in 2011, has endured a tough comeback season on the Tyco Suzuki and is yet to stand on the podium in 2014.
Even so, the former MotoGP and WSBK rider – who took a sabbatical in 2013 because of ongoing injuries -, was still optimistic of sneaking into the top six Title Showdown in an effort to mount a challenge in the final three rounds.
However, despite showing flashes of speed over the course of the race weekend and scoring one of his best results of the season with a sixth place in the first race, DNFs in the remaining two have left him 46 points shy of the top six with two rounds remaining.
Furthermore, Hopkins would pick up an ankle injury, which will undergo tests to rule out any significant damage.
“I've banged up my shin and foot so will have it X-rayed on Monday morning. Unfortunately it was another tough weekend. Again we proved that the potential is there and we're no doubt crawling our way towards the front, but we just need to put it all together and turn it into race results.”