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John Hopkins put his money where his mouth is at Knockhill this weekend to show talk of a step forward for the ePayMe Yamaha squad wasn’t overhyped as he took a strong fourth place in the opening race.
The American was on the pace throughout the weekend in both wet and dry conditions, going on to qualify 13th before fighting for the lead in the opening race. Dropping back after mid-distance, he missed the podium by just 0.1 seconds.
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A strong start to the second race saw Hopkins once again with the leading group, but a nasty highside from fifth place saw his hopes come to a premature end.
““The first race was great for us; the ePayMe Yamaha was working really good and we were then just trying to improve a little bit of the mid-range power as we were just losing a little bit of punch coming out of the corners,” said Hopkins.
“The bike felt great all race-long and I had been monitoring the gaps between us and I was trying to save my tyre until the end of the race to try and make a move on the brakes, but I just ran out of time. I did go for it and I got alongside Mossey coming out of the fast left-hander, but he was too defensive and there was no room for me to get through.
“We wanted to build on that for race two but unfortunately I crashed. I will be seeing some doctors this week to see what we can work on with it so that I am back to full fitness as soon as we possibly can."