John Hopkins will be riding in the World Superbike series in 2012 for the Crescent Suzuki team. Hopkins and the Crescent Suzuki team nearly claimed the British Superbike Championship in 2011 and they are excited to compete on the world stage.
“I am really happy to be joining up with the Crescent guys again, we had a great year in British Superbike and I’m sure we can continue that in WSB,” Hopkins said. “I wanted to get back into world championship racing and this is a natural progression from last year, the difference this time is that I will be going to tracks that I already know and have some reference from so that should make some things a bit easier.
“I know it’s going to be a big step, but with some big technical advances and Yoshimura on board I’m sure the bike will be fully competitive. It will be great to work with Lez Pearson again, as we built up a strong relationship and his understanding of the way the bike works will be invaluable next year. I’m also looking forward to riding with Leon, I’m sure he’ll be strong next year and will be a difficult team-mate to beat and also one that will push me to the limit. I want to say thanks to Paul, Martyn, Jack and everyone at Crescent Suzuki for believing in me and giving me this opportunity, I can’t wait to get on the bike and see what we can do. I know it’s not going to be an easy task by any means, bit I have every intention of going out and trying to earn my first ever world championship for myself and the team – I’ll be doing everything in my power to make it happen!”
Hopkins raced in the BSB, WSB, and MotoGP in 2011. He injured his finger toward the end of the season and is currently recovering before he starts testing the 2012 Suzuki.
“It’s great to have John back onboard for next year and a real boost for the whole team that he has chosen to ride for us,” said Jack Valentine, Team Manager. “He is a class act; not only for Crescent Suzuki, but for the whole superbike series as well – the crowds will love him! I enjoyed working with him this year and, although he rode in the last three events with a severely injured finger, he only just missed out on the championship. That is history now and I look forward to continuing the relationship and building on what we achieved this year. I’m sure with what he learnt in BSB, and his experience on the tracks we will visit next year, that he will be able to get some spectacular results. I know he’s really fired up for this and I’m looking forward to some exciting times.”
Crescent Suzuki will also be enlisting the help of former BSB champion Leon Camier.