John Hopkins has recovered from a double mechanical nightmare to grab a front row start for race one at Assen for Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati.

The 2011 British Superbike runner-up effectively missed all of Friday practice after his Ducati suffered dramatic engine failure on its first out lap, while rain during the afternoon curtailed Hopkin's running time after the bike was fixed.

Despite his difficulties the American proved with a reliable package he could take the fight to the front and duly grabbed third place in qualifying, half a second off pole-sitter Josh Brookes and well under the existing lap record.

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"We had a really hard start to the weekend with two engine problems and the weather which meant we have only really done 10 laps so far," Hopkins said. "But the boys came together and the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati is working great now and I love Assen.

"We have hopefully changed our luck around as we've recently been starting out really well on the Friday and then things have started to unravel on Saturday and Sunday."

Hopkins reveals his continual mechanical gremlins are being created by the manual clutch on the Ducati Panigale R which is a standard regulation in British Superbikes and different to the electronics package allowed in World Superbikes.

"The problems we were having are nothing to do with the team or the way the guys are working," he explained. "The BSB rules mean that we're having to use parts that they don't use in World Superbikes. We're doing things to the bike that have never been done before and that it wasn't designed to do.

"Naturally that means we've run into some difficulties, but the factory has been working really hard making things better, and it's all come together this afternoon.

Hopkins remains in a positive mindset for the races at Assen and feels if the he and the team can manage its mechanical issues he can challenge for the rostrum.

"I've been looking forward to this track all year long and I wasn't going to let a couple of mechanical problems slow us down. I'm happy with the way things are going and looking forward to tomorrow's races."