BSB: Hopkins hoping to pick up where he left off

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John Hopkins is looking to pick up where he left off as he returns from injury at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The ePayMe Yamaha team enjoyed a breakthrough ahead of Knockhill in June which saw Hopkins take his best result of the season as he fought for the podium in the opening race, but a huge highside in a wet second outing ruled him out of the following two rounds at Snetterton and Thruxton with a badly broken collarbone.


While a spot in the top six showdown isn’t out of the realms of mathematical probability, Hopkins is unlikely to be one of the six title fighters this year but will be hoping to mix it with the leaders nonetheless.   

“I am really looking forward to getting back out there this weekend because it has been frustrating just watching from the sidelines, especially as the last two circuits would have potentially been strong for myself and the ePayMe Yamaha,” he said ahead of the weekend.

“I have a good history at Brands Hatch and I love the Grand Prix circuit so I feel that we can pick up where we left off and that’s fighting at the front. That is certainly the plan and I am feeling much stronger now and my surgeon has been really impressed with my progress. I have been working hard to have the laser and physio sessions and I am sure it will take some laps to loosen up, but I feel ready for it.

“The team have also made some improvements since I last rode the bike at Knockhill so I am hopeful that together we can be back at the front this weekend.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing