John Hopkins Motorcycle Racing NewsThe American John Hopkins, known for his long history of racing Suzuki machinery in MotoGP, World Superbike, and British Superbike, will make his return to motorcycle racing following 12 months of recovering.
Healed from older injuries, the 30-year-old Hopkins will make is way back to the British Superbike Championship for 2014 aboard the Tyco Suzuki TAS Racing GSX-R 1000, an outfit based out of Northern Ireland.Before his year off, Hopkins raced with Crescent Suzuki in British Superbike, finishing runner-up that year. He lost the season title by a mere six-tenths of a second to Yamaha’s Tommy Hill.John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki GSX-R 1000) says: “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.“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.”Philip Neill (Tyco Suzuki Team Manager) says: “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.”Tyco Suzuki will announce further riders soon.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!