John Hopkins to Return to British Superbike
Californian John Hopkins is set to make his comeback to racing in 2014, heading up Tyco Suzuki’s 2014 British Superbike Championship efforts aboard the TAS Racing GSX-R1000.
Hopkins, a former factory Suzuki MotoGP rider, is making his return to racing after taking a season off to fully recover from various injuries and reparative surgeries. “Hopper” was the 2011 British Superbike runner-up, who narrowly lost the title at the final race of the season at Brands Hatch by 6/1000ths-of-a-second.
“I’m really excited to be coming back to British Superbike in 2014 and delighted to be joining Tyco Suzuki,” Hopkins said in a news release issued by Suzuki. “It’s been a long year away from racing getting my body healthy. I’m feeling good and I’ve also become a brand-new dad. I feel better than I have done in a lot of years and I’m really excited to be getting back out on track; especially on the Suzuki GSX-R1000.”
Looking at the challenge ahead, Hopkins added: “I really feel like I’ve got a point to prove in the British Superbike Championship, so as I say; I can’t wait to get out there on track and do some riding.”
Team Manager Philip Neill said: “Hopper really was the man we wanted for 2014 and we are excited to announce this agreement. John has been a part of the Suzuki family for many years and having him back on a GSX-R1000 next year provides a shot of motivation to everyone at Suzuki GB, our title sponsor Tyco Security Products; and indeed all our crew members at TAS Racing.
“BSB is such a high-profile championship and produces some of the best racing in the world, and I sincerely hope the return of John Hopkins is positive news for all the BSB fans. From a Tyco Suzuki point of view, we simply can’t wait to start the new season.”
Another announcement is expected in the near future regarding any further Tyco Suzuki riders.