Though disappointed to miss out on a second British Superbike race win of the season at Croft, John Hopkins pronounced himself otherwise happy with his double podium finish, results that have helped him build his advantage over the chasing pack.

The American got his first taste of Britain's occasionally inclement weather during the damp opening race, but showed no signs of hesitation on the Samsung Crescent Suzuki as he rapidly worked his way up to second position.

Inheriting the lead when Shane Byrne was forced out, though Hopkins was disappointed to be overtaken by team-mate Jon Kirkham, he was nonetheless delighted to see his young counterpart wrap up a maiden BSB victory.

"I've got to be happy [with the results]," he said. "It started well when I went fastest in warm-up. In race one I chose to run tyres I'd never run before - the Pirelli intermediates - and they proved great, I found a lot of confidence in them. I got up to the pointy end and we'd built up a good lead only for the safety car to come out.

"As a racer I wasn't too happy to be passed after that, but seeing as it was my team-mate JK then on a personal level that was awesome, he really deserved that race. I didn't have the grip to pass him back so by the end I was riding for the points."

Grip woes in race two prevented Hopkins from challenging at the sharp end with Byrne, though it was enough for him to hold onto third position for his fourth podium finish in a row.

"Race two didn't work out so well, I was struggling for rear wheel grip, so I did what I could and was happy to come away with another podium.

Just three points off Byrne in the overall standings, crucially Hopkins is also now 41 points clear of the battle for the crucial top six position.

"Importantly I've come away with second place in the points table, just three points off the lead, with a stack more podium points - I'm joint-leading the table there. So for me, a very good day!"



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