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Hopkins running times despite Knockhill crash

Wednesday, June 22 2011

Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki's John Hopkins may have chipped his collarbone in a crash at Knockhill last weekend, but today (Tuesday) the American was back on circuit and getting in some extra laps of the new Snetterton 300 circuit declaring that it won't hold him back in his bid for the title.

Hopkins saw a specialist in Derby who confirmed the injury just yesterday but despite this he was determined to test at the Snetterton 300 circuit, and for the first time this season he has probably completed more laps on the new configuration than his title rivals. Despite his injury making today's sessions tougher for 'Hopper' he was happy with the pace he was able to run and believes that by next weekend he will be ready to challenge for the podium again.

Hopkins said: "It was a good day at Snetterton today, all things considered with the crash at the weekend. I saw a specialist in Derby yesterday because I was still really sore after the race where I caught myself on the kerb and I have chipped the collarbone joint. It is stable though so doesn't require any surgery to connect it or anything like that it is just sore more than anything.

"I always had the intention to carry on testing at Snetterton on the new track today and I just got out there and got on with it really. We didn't change too much with the Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki; it was more just making some small improvements in places as we are happy with the overall settings that we have found at the last few rounds.

"There were a couple of places where it was more painful on the brakes, but I still managed to match the lap times we did there back before the start of the season so I was happy with that. I have some treatment planned now so that I am the best I can be for Snetterton, including visiting the Clinica Mobile at Assen this weekend to try and speed up the healing process. I will be doing everything I can to be in the best shape I can be and I think by the races the inflammation and the pain will subside. There's no doubt that once I am out there racing the adrenaline will kick in, with the support you get from the fans and the whole race atmosphere it will be at the back of my mind and more about getting the best result we can for the championship."

You can join Samsung Crescent Suzuki's John Hopkins and Jon Kirkham on track at Cadwell Park and Brands Hatch on 22 and 26 July. For more information click here.

The next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at the new Snetterton 300 circuit on 1-3 July. Tickets are available from £25 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information and to book tickets call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.