Hopkins Makes History: First American to Win BSB Race

john_hopkins_oulton_parkJohn Hopkins made history twice today. Hopkins became the first American racer to step onto the podium in the British Superbike series during race 1 at Oulton Park. Shortly after, Hopkins upped his efforts and became the first American to win a race in the BSB. Hopkins beat out Stuart Easton and Shane Byrne to claim his historic victory.

Hopkins rode in the top five throughout the race, and was finally able to capture the lead on the penultimate lap. Hopkins was able to hold onto the lead to win his maiden BSB race by .2 seconds ahead of Easton.

Shane Byrne was also able to give a late race push to take the final spot on the podium, beating out his teammate and race 1 winner Ryuichi Kiyonari by a tenth of a second.

Michael Laverty, who led the race with just two laps remaining, made a mistake on the final lap and dropped down to fifth place.

British Superbike Race Results – Oulton Park

  1. John Hopkins
  2. Stuart Easton +0.221s
  3. Shane Byrne +0.521s
  4. Ryuichi Kiyonari +0.633s
  5. Michael Laverty +1.026s
  6. Michael Rutter +2.930s
  7. Jon Kirkham + 2.949s
  8. Peter Hickman +7.183s
  9. Loris Baz +7.326s
  10. Gary Mason +7.293s

British Superbike Standings

  1. Shane Byrne – 70
  2. Stuart Easton – 59
  3. Ryuichi Kiyonari – 58
  4. John Hopkins – 56
  5. Tommy Hill – 45

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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