John Hopkins Takes First Race Win in 11 Years

05/03/2011 @ 6:59 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

John Hopkins Takes First Race Win in 11 Years john hopkins british superbike oulton win 635x952

It was the first time that an American has won a British Superbike race, and his victory in Race 2 at Oulton Park was John Hopkins’s first race win in 11 years, making the event doubly special for the Anglo-American and his fans. Taking a second place finish in Race 1, Hopkins’s result this weekend was equally impressive as the Oulton track was another venue that the former MotoGP rider had to learn as he went.

Proving to be in top form on the Crescent Suzuki GSX-1000R, Hopper is now fourth in the British Superbike Championship.¬†With a format a bit different than what us Americans are used to, moving into the the top six “Title Fighters” group of riders is tremendously important to winning the overall Championship. In BSB,¬†only the riders who are in the top six in the points standings qualify to compete for the “British Superbike Champion” title, which occurs over the final three rounds of the season.

“That was good, really good. It’s an awesome track, I really enjoyed riding here, but as well what great fan support!” exclaimed Hopper. “It’s been 11 years since I last won a race – that and all that’s happened to me over the past few years meant that this was one emotional win. I was definitely teary-eyed on the podium. I couldn’t be happier.”

“The racing, as before at Brands Hatch, was intense; there was carnage at times. But with my motocross background I can endure that. The first race went well and I started well and went with the leaders. At the end of the race I got into second and I had to ride for the finish at that point, but that’s never a satisfying feeling.”

“So I knew I wanted to win the second race. Curiously that race didn’t go so well early on and I dropped back after the start. I regrouped but still had a lot of work to do to catch the two leaders, so I was definitely the man who gained the most when one of them crashed bringing out the pace car. Even after that it came down to a three-way battle. But the bike felt so good I knew the win was possible. I took the lead with two laps to go and never looked back. A big thank you to the crew for this weekend. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Source: Team Suzuki

Comment:

  1. JawDroppin says:

    Good onya Hopper!!! Hoping more of it comes your way – couldn’t come to a more deserving bloke in my mind! *thumbs up*

    JD ;)

  2. Other Sean says:

    Hopper is “winning!”

  3. JawDroppin says:

    Hopper is “Charlie Sheen!” LOL!!!

    JD ;)

  4. Shaitan says:

    Time for some hoppy IPA to celebrate. Way to go JH!

  5. super sic says:

    fantastic news! good to see hopper on tops of the podium. i think it was one year ago when he didn’t even know if he would having a working right wrist. fingers crossed for a healthy and successful BSB season

  6. Mustang says:

    John strikes me as the kind of guy who thrives on confidence. With this win we could see him now go and dominate the series.

  7. UlyssesRider says:

    Congradulations, John. Eleven years is a long time but this win shows you still “got it”. It is good to see an American winning. You go John! Give ‘em hell!

  8. PINUS says:

    WHOOO HOOO! GOOD ON YA JOHN!