John Hopkins will be back for a full racing season in 2011, and he will be doing it with the Crescent Suzuki team in the British Superbike series. Hopkins sat out most of last season to have corrective wrist surgery, but made a late season come back in the American Superbike series. Hopkins is now healthy, and ready to ride in the BSB.
“I’m totally stoked about coming to Britain to race with Crescent in BSB, as this will feel a bit like coming home because I have so many friends and family over in the UK. I’m 100% fit now and this will give me a great a great chance to prove that I’m still able to be competitive at the highest level,” Hopkins said. “I’ve always dreamed of winning the World Championship – that’s still my goal – and I see this as a fantastic opportunity to get that ambition back on track. I haven’t raced on many of the UK circuits, so that will be a big learning curve, but I’ll be able to get to grips with them quickly and hope to be on the pace as soon as possible. The Suzuki’s a great package, I know I can win races and obviously winning the title is the ultimate goal, so we’ll have to see what we can do! I would also like to thank Paul and all at Crescent for giving me this opportunity to race in the UK and plan to repay their faith in me with some great results for the team.”
Hopkins will begin testing the GSX-R1000 at Cartagena, Spain, in early March. Hopkins rode with Suzuki in 2007 when he claimed fourth place in the MotoGP series.
“It’s fantastic that we have been able to get a guy of John’s talent to sign for Crescent,” said Jack Valentine, the team manager. “He is a great rider and always exciting to watch, plus he’s tasted podium success in MotoGP, so he is certainly bringing great experience with him to the BSB grid. He’s really focused on racing at the highest level and sees BSB as his stepping stone to get back to world level. The whole team is looking forward to working with John and we are all sure this is going to be a great adventure for all concerned.”
Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com