John Hopkins to make BSB return with Moto Rapido Ducati

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Former MCE British Superbike runner-up John Hopkins will return to the series next time out at Brands Hatch, as he joins the Moto Rapido Ducati team to deputise for the injured Jakub Smrz.

Hopkins, a former MotoGP podium finisher, will replace Smrz for a one-off round, as he seeks t prove that he retains his previous form despite a torrid year on the Tyco Suzuki in 2014.

"I am really excited about this opportunity to be honest, especially because it feels like it's been a long time coming! After my race plans fell through before the start of the season I was left with nothing and so from then on I have been pretty much playing a waiting game. I have been to some of the races and I have followed the others at home, but I have been doing everything I possibly can to be ready for an opportunity like this to come.

“For sure it’s been frustrating waiting but I looked at my career and decided straight away it couldn't end as it did in 2014 and because of that I am more motivated than ever to prove I have more. This is the moment I want to resurrect myself and show what I can still do. This is a great opportunity for me to prove this. I am sorry for Jakub that he is injured, but I intend on doing my best to do him, myself and the team proud.

"I have a lot of memories of Brands Hatch and nobody can forget the famous end to 2011 can they?! It has always been a great circuit for me and I know I can enjoy it - the track knowledge there will definitely help me especially with my limited knowledge of this bike. The team and Kuba have proven that the bike is competitive this season and despite having never ridden a Ducati before, I think it should suit my riding style.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer