Hopkins seeks 'turnaround' at Silverstone

Twelve months on from his pole position performance as a wild-card at Silverstone, John Hopkins is determined to rediscover some of that form at this year's event.
John Hopkins is hoping this year's World Superbike Championship round at Silverstone will signal a turnaround in his fortunes, a year on from his headline-grabbing wild-card performance around the Northamptonshire circuit.

Joining the WSBK field for a one-off wild-card outing aboard the Crescent Suzuki he had been campaigning in the British Superbike Championship, Hopkins stunned by claiming pole position. Though he wasn't able to convert that into podiums come race day, the performance did set in motion his and Crescent Racing's decision to step up to the series full-time in 2012.

However, the move hasn't been seamless, with Hopkins himself struggling with intermittent injuries that have so far consigned him to 14 points and 21st in the standings during the first-half of the season.

Nonetheless, the American is pleased to be returning to familiar ground at Silverstone and is aiming as high as putting in a repeat performance this year.

“To repeat last year's pole position is not going to be easy, but there's no reason why it cannot be done - as long as I have a good Superpole,” he said.

“The competition is very tough, but as long as I get on the front two rows of the grid, I'll be happy - though another pole would be great! I like the track and hope Silverstone will be where I turn around my season and start posting good results again.”

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peteryork - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 9:41 AM

Im a big fan hopper. Pole or top 6 qualifying want happen. That bike needs sorting. Its a shame the whole team is so far off the pace. Lets hope for a better second half of the season. GOOD LUCK

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