John Hopkins was nothing less than pleased with his headline-grabbing performance during his World Superbike wild-card appearance at Silverstone, despite being unable to fully make the most of his remarkable pole position.
Hopkins caused a major stir by claiming Superpole aboard the Samsung Crescent Suzuki ahead of the WSBK regulars, but while he established himself as a front runner in both races, he couldn't turn it into a similarly historic victory.
Struggling in race one when the rear brake pad delaminated, Hopkins fought valiantly on to hold third for a time, but would eventually cross the line just adrift of the front group in fifth. A similar scenario occurred in race two as Hopkins battled hard initially before fading with his tyres, the American settling for seventh at the chequered flag.
Nonetheless, Hopkins was thrilled with his weekend efforts, declaring himself to have had 'a lot of fun' racing against the world's best Superbike riders..
"Boy that was a lot of fun. The first race was a bit of a disappointment with the rear brake pad issues, but I managed to alter my corner entry and keep my focus to bag that fifth place. Race two felt better, but to keep with those factory bikes you really need to make up time on the brakes and on the gas out of the turns. I knew that would kill my tyre, so it was no surprise in the closing stages of race two when we started losing the times.
“Overall, I'm really pumped about this weekend. It's been huge fun and we've showed the world what the Samsung Crescent Suzuki team are really capable of. I've bagged my first ever WSBK pole position, mixed it up at the sharp end and enjoyed the racing immensely. A huge thanks to the whole team."
Hopkins will now focus on the British Superbike title fight at Brands Hatch before readying himself for another wild-card, this time aboard the Rizla Suzuki in MotoGP at Brno.