Hopkins eyeing Haslam scalp in Assen

John Hopkins has reiterated his plan to hunt down team-mate Leon Haslam in his quest to work his way up the World Superbike field ahead of his second event at Assen.

Hopkins made a respectable World Superbike debut in Valencia, the American shrugging off the fact he had barely ridden a Superbike before the weekend to reach Superpole and come close to a pair of top ten finishes.

However, having seen what the bike is capable of in the hands of Haslam, Hopkins is keen to replicate his form as soon as possible, starting this weekend in the Netherlands.

"The first round of the championship has been a challenging experience. I had not been on a bike for a couple of months and then came straight into the series and had to do two races in a row.

“Leon has definitely set the standards on the Stiggy Racing Honda and I will need to chase him down first before I can take on the rest of the field. I consider these first races to be part of the learning experience, but I have proved that I can do the lap times and am eager to go for a good result in Assen this weekend."

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robsee - Unregistered

April 22, 2009 12:09 PM

I just hope John doesnt try to run before he can walk.I think a lack of race fitness showed at Valencia, what with having no testing during the Winter. The bloke did well to finish where he did. i think a few more rounds will see him up at front of the field.

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