John Hopkins says he had no idea he'd notched up the quickest lap of Friday practice at Oulton Park to break MCE British Superbike championship leader Josh Brookes' dominance.

The Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati rider stole top spot from Brookes with a late flyer in FP2 to end the day fastest by 0.054s. Such has been Brookes' dominance, it was the first session Brookes hadn't ended top since Sunday warm-up at Thruxton when JG Speedfit Kawasaki's James Westmoreland headed the timesheet.

The 2011 BSB runner-up explained afterwards he wasn't aware his hot lap put him P1 but was delighted with the results.

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"I had no idea of my time as I did not have the GPS switched on and during that lap I made a few little mistakes so I thought it was slower than that," Hopkins said. "We had run with used tyres earlier as we worked on the bike, then put in a new one for the afternoon, and with the adjustments to the suspension made a big change to my lap times."

Hopkins also says Oulton Park is a circuit he relishes after missing out earlier in the season when he was without a ride. The American rider has adapted to the Ducati Panigale very impressively since taking over from Jakub Smrz at round six at Brands Hatch in July.

"The bike feels great, the boys in the team have worked very hard and I am great and up for the three races," he said. "I had my first win here back in 2011 so this is a pretty special track for me and I want to be fighting for the podium."