John Hopkins will race with the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati team for the remainder of the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship season in place of Jakub Smrz, it has been confirmed.

The American was drafted in as a substitute for former World Superbike rider Smrz after the Czech rider - who was yet to score a point - sustained an injury at Snetterton that was to put him out of action for at least four weeks.

However, after Hopkins scored a top six finish on his debut with the team at Brands Hatch and qualified on the front row in Thruxton, the decision was taken to keep the former MotoGP rider on in place of Smrz.

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"I have definitely been enjoying myself with the team and there is a great atmosphere; for me it has been fantastic to come in straight away and show what we are capable of. I haven't enjoyed myself on a bike this much in a long time and this opportunity is what I have been waiting for, especially after the frustrating start of the year when I had to watch everyone else testing and racing.

"I bided my time and it has paid off because I wanted to come back with a team and package that I knew had the potential to be at the front and I think everything happens for a reason. I can't deny that I feel bad for Kuba because he is a great rider and I am sure he will be back soon, but I had to grasp this opportunity and I couldn't give it up.

"It is amazing to think where we are already; I have had to take a step back and breathe to just look and appreciate how much progress has been made already. I have felt instantly at home with the feel of the throttle and the chassis which is incredible - I think that comes down to the characteristics feeling very similar to how the GP bikes were that I spent most of my career on.

"We are coming up to some of my favourite tracks and I couldn't be more excited now and I definitely want to pick up where we left off last weekend at Thruxton."