BSB: Luke Hopkins set for second season with Black Onyx Security Honda with

Luke Hopkins, pictured at Oulton Park, has secured his spot on the 2022 grid
Luke Hopkins, pictured at Oulton Park, has secured his spot on the 2022 grid

Luke Hopkins has secured his spot on the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship grid after re-signing with the Black Onyx Security Honda team.

Hopkins made his BSB debut last season, making the move after winning in Superstock classes at club racing level. Sittingbourne-based Hopkins scored points on his debut in the championship at Oulton Park, taking a season best of 14th in only his third outing.

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“When the opportunity to race in BSB came up it was too good to miss,” Hopkins explained. “It’s every rider’s dream to compete at the highest level, and BSB is one of the most prestigious superbike championships in the world.

“Competing at this level really pushes you on and I improved my personal best times at every track we visited this year. Me and my dad have learned a huge amount about the bike and electronics this season and we hope to use that knowledge and experience to be even more competitive in 2022.”

Hopkins will once again compete onboard Honda machinery next year, which means there will be six Fireblades on the grid. The official Honda Racing UK team are fielding four bikes with Glenn Irwin, Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi being joined by 2021 Superstock champion Tom Neave.

TAG Racing will also stick with Honda for a second campaign, with the returning Luke Mossey hoping to build upon his impressive debut with the team at Brands Hatch a couple of months ago.

“2021 was always going to be a learning year as we got to grips with the new Honda,”Black Onyx Security Honda team owner, Gareth Hopkins added. “As the season progressed, we were able to move forwards with the bike to something approaching Superbike spec rather than how we started the year!

“With plenty of time to test new parts and refine our setup over the winter I’m sure Luke can move up the grid next year. I’d like to say a big thank you to Black Onyx Security for coming on board as title sponsor as well as all our other partners. Their support was invaluable this year and we look forward to working with them again in 2022 and beyond.”