John Hopkins felt 'silly mistakes' hampered his prospects as the Tyco Suzuki rider failed to live up to his qualifying potential in the pre-Showdown round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Donington Park.

The American rider had qualified on pole for race one, but Hopkins' hopes were ended when he came off at the Melbourne Loop while holding eighth position.

He was forced to start from row seven in race two and battled his way through to secure ninth place on the GSX-R1000.

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The former MotoGP rider, who failed to make the Showdown as the Northern Ireland team missed out on the championship top six for the first time since entering BSB in 2008.

"I lost a couple of places early on in race one and was unsettled; then I made some silly mistakes and lost more positions. After that I struggled to get the rhythm going and the pace car came out," Hopkins said.

"I got my head down and got things going again, but I made a stupid mistake going into the Melbourne Loop, lost the front and that ruined our day as we had to start from the back of grid in race two. I did everything I could but burned my tyre up in the first half of the race, which meant I was just skating around in last five laps," he added.

"This whole last part of the season takes us to tracks I like, so we're still on the hunt for that first podium, starting at Assen."

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exloko: maybe people blame for that, but seeing it with perspective, i feel a lot of more honor from Hopper, triying to finish the job than from Tommy Hill, who after fail to revalidate his BSB championship, he totally disappear...[\blockquote]

Ridiculous comment.
Tommy Hill stopped racing because he wanted to go to WSB (& the opportunities were not there) and he was making no money doing BSB despite being the champion and riding with a top team.
Conversely he has a successful design business (Imagedzign Concepts) and he decided to put his efforts into that, especially as he had just started a family.