John Hopkins says he excited to be competing on home soil ahead of the sixth World Superbike round at Miller Motorsports Park, even if he has never actually raced around the Utah circuit.
Hopkins has endured a fraught start to his 2012 campaign having now skipped both Phillip Island and Donington Park through separate injuries, but will be back in action on the FIXI Crescent Suzuki in time for his home race at Miller Motorsports Park.
Conceding his injured hip won't be 100 per cent for the weekend, Hopkins is nonetheless excited to be competing in front of his fans, though he says being a local rider doesn't give him home advantage since he hasn't ever raced around the Miller venue.
“It was a pity that I had to miss Donington because I think I would have been very competitive there,” he said. “Certainly, in Assen and Monza, I felt very comfortable with the bike and my hand wasn't giving me any problems at all. The bike has definitely improved since my first time on it and I know that there's more to come.
“Although, I'm not going to be 100 per cent in Miller, I am going there to give it my best shot. I've never raced at Miller before, but I have been there as a spectator and even done a lap - in a golf cart!
“I know some areas that are not so easy to learn, but I've always been somebody who adapts to circuits pretty well, so I think I'll get it dialled in pretty quickly. Racing at home is always a bit special and I am looking forward to the weekend and performing well in front of my fans.”