WSBK » Hickman in for Hopkins at Donington!

Peter Hickman to replace the injured John Hopkins at Crescent Suzuki for this weekend's Donington Park World Superbike round.

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St Ninians - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 12:18 AM

A great opportunity for Peter to show what he really has got,and thats an ability and determination to win,a great ambassador for the sport of motorcycling he will do well.
In at the deep end Peter will certainly give it his all especially with this type of backing and with Jack Valentine a great if not one of best team managers in the business today.

philarm - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 8:22 AM

Very strange move seeing as he rides a kawazaki in bsb. Surely Josh Brookes would have been the sensible choice as he rides the suzuki week in and week out. Anyway best of luck to peter

iRONIC - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 9:15 AM

Good luck but i will never be able to understand how the replacement rider thing works. do they buy the ride, is it the old pals act ? it puzzles me as to why they wouldn't just go for the best man with the highest profile, or was Hickman cheap ??

MOL - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 9:58 AM

iRONIC normally the rider has to pay, around 8k for a WSB ride. What is strange is that there was a seat at Kawasaki and they gave it to Loris Baz
Hickman has a far better profile and results in BSB than Baz when on a Honda. so i fear the fact that he cannot get a result with the Kawasaki this year and Rutter can he would be last on the list for Kawasaki. Having said that i would imagine he was last on the list for Suzuki also. Why not Brookes, Not sure but i reckon after his ride with them a couple months ago he might have not liked the bike or been negative about it AND he's in great shape in BSB so i doubt he would be allowed a wildy for fear of injury

Achel - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 10:00 AM

Josh Brookes stood in for Hopper at Phillip Island at the start of the year and put in a pretty uninspiring showing. It's not surprising that they have looked elsewhere for a replacement at Donington.

puzzled - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 10:25 AM

i think seeley who tested for hopper over the winter,was quicker than camier even,why not give him a crack on it,pretty handy on a damp track too,and that could happen this weekend,and is used to various versions of the suzuki

34 all the way - Unregistered

May 11, 2012 10:56 AM

Why not Seeley???

This was taken from Motorcycle Daily:
The final day threw some further challenges at Camier's side of the garage, but Camier and the team steadily improved to post a best lap time of 1:43:7 on race tyres, just 1 second off leader Eugene Laverty's best lap set on his Aprilia. Due to a setting sun and dwindling track temperatures, Camier was not able to post a faster lap-time on soft tyres.
Recently-crowned British Supersport Champion Alastair Seeley, standing in as test rider for John Hopkins as the Californian recovers from hand surgery, was able to work through a huge range of electronic development strategies. On his first visit to the circuit and his first ride on the Crescent GSX-R1000 Suzuki, Seeley posted an impressive 1.43.5 on the final day of testing.

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