BSB Rider of the Year 2015 - 5th: John Hopkins

After a difficult 2014, this rider found himself without a ride at the start of the season but came back fighting with Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati.
BSB Rider of the Year: 5th

5th – John Hopkins
Average poll score out of ten: 6.89
Team: Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati
Bike: Ducati Panigale R
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Poles: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Best Finish 3rd
Championship points: 76
Championship position: 17th

After a difficult 2014 with Tyco Suzuki the popular American rider and 2011 BSB runner-up failed to secure a ride for the start of the 2015 season which left a noticeable gap in the paddock during the opening rounds.

However, an opportunity sprung open at Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati after Jakub Smrz suffered a broken wrist at Snetterton and Hopkins duly returned to BSB midway through the year at Brands Hatch.

The former MotoGP and World Superbike rider instantly proved the Ducati's pace by finishing in sixth place on his maiden outing with the team while also demonstrating he'd lost none of his talent.

Unfortunately for Hopkins the sixth place was a slight false dawn as he was continually hit by mechanical faults as well as crashes of his own which meant he failed to finish in seven of the subsequent eight races.

After a frustrating three rounds spent getting on top of the issues, Hopkins produced four top-five finishes at the end of the year, with the highlight of a return to the podium in race one of the season finale at Brands Hatch.

Having missed the first half of the year and failing to score a single point in three straight rounds, it naturally reflected in his final BSB riders' standings as Hopkins ended the year 17th overall.

But what Hopkins did produce with his limited opportunity impressed former title rival Tommy Hill enough for him to sign up the American to join his new THM ePayMe Yamaha squad for 2016.

John Hopkins in the BSB Rider of the Year poll
BSB Rider of the Year poll 2014: 20th
BSB Rider of the Year poll 2013: N/A
BSB Rider of the Year poll 2012: N/A
BSB Rider of the Year poll 2011: 1st

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About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' British Championship standings, the BSB Rider of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results and scoring each of the top twenty from this year's BSB standings with a mark out of ten.

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John Hopkins, Moto Rapido Ducati, BSB [Credit:]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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December 21, 2015 2:14 AM

tonyed: Is it April 1st already? 5th - must be some sort of joke!
Try getting a podium on that unreliable, far-from-sorted bike, and then you may have a point. The dude has talent and a degree of humbleness. That is why fans like him.

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