The news was in the air for the last couple of weeks, that John Hopkins would be racing for Crescent Suzuki in the British Superbikes Championship, the only thing missing was the signature on the contract that the deal was done, but that formality has now been officially confirmed by team manager Jack Valentine.
Speaking to bikesportnews.
com Valentine confirmed that Hopkins will begin testing with the team at the Spanish tracks of Cartagena and Guadix, and then will wildcard at the Donington World Superbike round in March, before the BSB championship kicks off at Brands Hatch in April.
“I am really looking forward to BSB and working with Crescent again, it will obviously be a different crew but I know they are a great group of guys and that will be a good foundation to start the season,” said Hopkins.
“It is going to be a huge challenge for me, I know there are new tracks to learn, but I am not too concerned, I have to say with a passion for motocross I am definitely looking forward to Cadwell Park! I have seen the racing and photos from there and I can’t wait to have a go myself.
I have seen BSB races before and I know that there is some tough competition there, so I am excited to get started – especially as I haven’t raced most of the other riders before.
It is pretty much a level playing field in terms of the riders and their experiences, but that always makes for the best racing.
Everyone says how close BSB is and I know that it will be the same this season, but I know I am joining one of the top teams and we will have been testing ready for the start of the championship.
“I have been unlucky with injury in past seasons – that comes with the territory but I can honestly say that I am fitter than I have ever been before, both mentally and physically.
I know I had a reputation in the past, but it has all changed and my focus is on racing and I am really enjoying it.
I wouldn’t be coming to BSB if I didn’t think I could be successful and I think it will be a better stepping stone for my future.
The team had a great season last year and I am confident in them and the bike that we will be up there where we need to be.
My style really suits the Suzuki and I am looking forward to riding the full-blown Superbike again, as in the U.
S series the bikes are more restricted.
”“I have been told that no rider from the U.
S has ever won a BSB race and it would definitely be nice to change that and make history at the same time for sure.
Physically and mentally I am fit and ready to roll with a great bike and a great crew behind me.
I want to be up there from the get go, I know there will expectations of me from fans and critics but at the end of the day I want to get the maximum from both myself, the team and the bike to get results this year.
”Apparently Hopper is all healed up and ready to ride and has been motocross training and even skydiving, one of Carlos Checa’s favourite off track pastimes.