Hopkins heads standings with double victory

Even so, Byrne hasn't suffered so much in the standings after launching an outstanding fight back through the field, eventually crossing the line in eighth for eight potentially crucial points. Laverty, meanwhile, was also able to squeeze into the points in 14th.

Back towards the front, Jon Kirkham made it an outstanding day for the Samsung Crescent Suzuki team in third place, only his second career podium at BSB level, while Rapid Bathams Ducati rider Martin Jessopp was an exceptional fourth – his best-ever BSB finish – after coming out top in an entertaining scrap with Josh Brookes.

Behind Brookes, Kiyonari faded as the race wore on to cross the line sixth, marginally ahead of James Ellison. Behind the remarkable Byrne, Chris Walker and Graeme Gowland rounded out the top ten, the latter sealing another EVO win despite being left at the back of the field after getting crossed up in the Byrne/Laverty incident.

Tommy Bridewell came home 11th on the Motorpoint Yamaha, ahead of his predecessor James Westmoreland, Buildbase BMW's Barry Burrell, the recovering Laverty and EVO series leader Glen Richards.

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John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
John Hopkins Samsung Crescent Racing - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
John Hopkins Samsung Crescent Suzuki: [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki, BSB [Credit: MSV Media]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki, BSB [Credit: MSV Media]
Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki, Sepang [Credit: Peter McLaren]
Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki, Sepang [Credit: Peter McLaren]
Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki, Sepang [Credit: Peter McLaren]
Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki, Sepang [Credit: Peter McLaren]
Rob Winfield, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Anvil Hire Yamaha]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB media]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Smiths Racing]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Smiths Racing]

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Bill Nuttall - Unregistered

September 11, 2011 5:56 PM

Some more terrific racing showing once again how entertaining BSB has been this season. For some reason I'm enjoying BSB far more than WSBK this year, but then I'm enjoying Moto2 more than MotoGP too. The first corner crash was a real shame for the outcome of the championship, effectively reducing it now to Hopper vs Hill, but I guess things can still change. Very impressed by Hopper's silky smooth riding, and Shakey's comeback through the pack from the back was really pretty sensational. There's a lot of skill on show in BSB, it's great championship. Here's hoping it goes down to the last lap of the last race.

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