John Hopkins cut a frustrated figure at Assen as the Tyco Suzuki rider endured another lacklustre race day in the MCE British Superbike Championship.

Hopkins had been on the pace in the dry in practice and began race one from the front row of the grid, but the ex-MotoGP rider was forced to retire during the race with an apparent bike problem.

In race two, Hopkins was in the early running for the rostrum places but was unable to match the pace of Ryuichi Kiyonari, Shane Byrne, Tommy Bridewell and Dan Linfoot, eventually finishing in fifth.

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"I'm really frustrated as I know I had the pace for the podium if not the win, but I really had to use up the best of my front tyre running deep into the turns to stay with the front four," Hopkins said.

"Staying in the draft on the straights was pretty tough and once the front tyre went off, we were tucking the front everywhere and I couldn't risk crashing.

"Yeah it's a tough one. Through the fast flowing stuff I could hang with them no problem but on the straights we were losing out.

"But we did what we could today and just have to regroup and look to Silverstone for that podium finish."