News 27 Jul 2011

Hopkins and Crescent Suzuki confirmed for Silverstone World Superbikes

Hopkins will be joined by

Hopkins will be joined by BSB teammate Jon Kirkham at Silverstone.

Samsung Crescent Racing’s John Hopkins and Jon Kirkham will race at this weekend’s British round of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone.

The GSX-R1000 mounted team mates, who currently sit second and seventh in the British Superbike Championship, have been confirmed as wildcard entries for the race, which is round nine of the World series.

“This is a kind of busman’s holiday: Taking a break from racing by going racing,” said team manager Jack Valentine.

“But seriously, taking a one-off ride in the WSB series is a great way for our riders to further develop their bikes and practice some race craft without the pressures of the Championship they’re in, and at the same time giving the fans and sponsors an extra run-out.

“We’re certainly looking to run competitively. Our only disadvantage is that we normally run under British Superbike rules, which allows only one bike per rider, not two. That said, we’ve got one of the most professional teams in the sport; they’re able to turn any job around very quickly and very accurately. We should be okay.”

“This will be valuable track time at Silverstone for Hopper and will be excellent preparation for when we come back for the BSB Showdown round later this year; there’s nothing like racing to get a real grip on how a bike’s performing at a circuit. JK is needing some extra bike time, too. We’ve been working hard to find an optimum set-up for him and the WSB weekend will offer him plenty of good track time to improve his set-up.”

“We’re really looking forward to it and hopefully we can spring a surprise or two on the regulars.”