John Hopkins will be back on the grid in 2014, competing in British Superbike with Tyco Suzuki. Hopkins took a break from motorcycle racing during the 2013 season to recuperate from an injury-plagued World Superbike campaign in 2012 and it was uncertain when, where or if he would make a comeback. Hopper’s last time out in BSB, in 2011, saw the American miss winning the title by a fraction of a second in the final round. It was also his best premier-class showing in any top-tier race series since he entered MotoGP in 2002. The full press release, courtesy of Suzuki-Racing, is included below.– MotoUSA Byron Wilson
John Hopkins will return to compete in the 2014 British Superbike Championship with Tyco Suzuki.
Former Suzuki MotoGP, WSB and BSB rider John Hopkins will spearhead Tyco Suzuki’s 2014 British Superbike Championship team aboard the TAS Racing GSX-R1000
The 2011 BSB runner-up, who narrowly lost the title at the final race of the season at Brands Hatch by 6/1000ths-of-a-second, has agreed terms with the Northern Ireland-based team; after spending 12 months-off racing to recover from operations to repair old injuries.
Said the 30-year-old: “I’m really excited to be coming back to British Superbike in 2014 and delighted to be joining Tyco 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.