UPDATE: Roberto Rolfo announced on his website that he would be leaving Stiggy Racing, due to “reasons beyond his control.” Those reasons beyond his control would seem to be: John Hopkins joining Stiggy Honda, having sponsorship coming with him, and generally not performing that well last season.
It seems the rumors were true. According to Roadracing World, John Hopkins is officially racing with Stiggy Honda’s World Superbike team. John Hopkins’ agent Bob Moore confirmed the news that that Hopper will be riding a Stiggy Honda CBR1000RR in the World Superbike Championship series, starting with the next round at Valencia, which starts April 3rd.
Commenting about the Hopper’s new home and the move to WSBK, Bob Moore, John Hopkins’ personal manager stated:
“John is very happy that all his personal sponsors are continuing with him, Monster Energy, Alpinestars, Arai and Spy Optics. Judging by the first race, it seems like the bike is pretty competitive,” said Moore. “Obviously we just want to be in a position to get John over there and racing. It seems like a good bike. Everybody else was, how much money do you have? Things are tough, even though it’s John Hopkins. We feel it will give John a good solid baseline to hopefully get on the box and get some wins eventually.”
Hopkins will make his World Superbike debut alongside his new teammates Leon Haslam and Roberto Rolfo, and will test prior to his first race at Almeria course in Spain.