BSB Assen: Hopkins heads off title fighters in FP2

Tyco Suzuki's John Hopkins sets the pace in FP2 at Assen, ahead of the 2014 BSB title contenders.
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John Hopkins has ended the first day of MCE British Superbike Championship action at Assen on top of the timesheets, ahead of the Title Showdown contenders.

The former BSB runner-up, who showed an impressive upturn in form last time out at Donington Park by taking his first pole position of the season, was back on the pace again in FP2, his lap time of 1min 37.472secs putting him two tenths clear of the opposition and just two tenths shy of the lap record.

FP1 pace setter Ryuichi Kiyonari headed that challenge in second place as the best of the title contenders, albeit with fellow rivals Shane Byrne, Chris Walker and Dan Linfoot close behind in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Patric Muff, on the sole Bathams BMW this weekend, was sixth best, ahead of Tommy Bridewell, Peter Hickman, Josh Brookes and Stuart Easton.

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September 19, 2014 11:42 PM

Two races in a row heading up a practice session. I hope he gets at least one, hopefully two wins before the season ends. I don't know what they have found on the bike but something has improved dramatically the past few weeks. I'd love to see him replace Laverty on the WSBK team next year. He's far more talented than this seasons results have shown.


September 19, 2014 9:31 PM

Remember, this is where JH21 put the Rizla Suzuki prototype on pole. John goes fast at Assen. Man's track. I believe John needs 2014 to get back up to speed. Let's don't kid ourselves, Hopper has as much or more racecraft than the guys in the showdown. He has success at the pinnacle of the world stage, MotoGP. Philip Neill and the powers that be would be wise to retain John Hopkins services in 2015. Have a successful weekend @ Assen JH21.

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