John Hopkins has paid full credit to Josh Brookes after the Milwaukee Yamaha rider obliterated his previous production bike lap record at Silverstone.

The Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati rider was powerless from stopping Brookes set a new superbike lap record - a 2m 03.984s - at the Northamptonshire circuit, beating the record previously held by Hopkins set in World Superbikes in 2011 with Samsung Crescent Suzuki (2m 04.041s).

"Up until today I held the Superbike lap record, the World Superbike record, until Brookes came along and beat it," Hopkins said. "Well done to him that was an amazing lap."

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Hopkins acted as the MCE British Superbike championship leader's closest challenger after taking second on the grid but was left trailing the Australian by nearly three-tenths. The former World Superbike rider says he was excited to see what the Ducati Panigale R could produce at Silverstone and felt he could have been much closer to Brookes if it wasn't for a couple of errors on his Q3 flying lap.

"I gave it everything I had, I spun it up and made a couple of mistakes here and there which cost a bit of time but that is what happens when you give 110%," he said. "I felt really good with our race pace too with some set-up changes and messing with a few things. We've had a bit of bad luck this year when it comes to race day but hopefully we can repay the team and get the Ducati on to the podium."