John Hopkins has re-signed for the Crescent Suzuki Racing team with a new deal that will see him compete in World Superbikes in 2012. The 28 year old American finished runner-up in the British Superbike championship in 2011 with a brilliant year long campaign, which revitalised his flailing career.
Hopkins had been focussed on making a full time return to MotoGP in 2012, but following Suzuki’s announcement that they will suspend their MotoGP activities, he was left without a competitive ride in the paddock.
While Hopkins won’t be in MotoGP, he’s still been able to secure a ride on the world stage, with a team and bike capable of running at the front of the class.
Speaking to MCN from San Diego, he said: “I was obviously disappointed about the MotoGP thing, but after that going to WSB with Crescent was always my first choice. No matter what else I got offered, riding for Crescent was my number one option over any of the other WSB teams.
“I feel really good on the bike and all in all it’s a win, win situation to stay with the team and continue along the same path only now we’re stepping it up to the world championship.”
“Riding for the Crescent team gives me a home like atmosphere. I get on really well with Paul (Denning), Jack (Valentine) and my crew chief Les(Pearson). We get on extremely well and I’ve lived with them all year.”
For full story see MCN out Wednesday 23rd November