HOPKINS HAPPY TO BE BACK ON BSB DUCATI
John Hopkins will return to Motorapido Ducati for the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship as both he and the team look to bounce back after a difficult season in 2016.
The former Motogp star will be reunited with Steve Moore’s team after a challenging year aboard a Yamaha R1 with Tommy Hill’s epayme-backed squad. While the American showed flashes of pace, a mid-season injury hampered his chances of really progressing with the Yamaha.
With Hill’s team looking unlikely to make the grid in 2017 after the
withdrawal of title sponsor epayme, Hopkins has opted to return to Ducati power in the hope that he will be able to pick up where he and the Hampshire team left off in 2015 – on the podium.
In his last tenure with the team, Hopkins took Ducati’s Panigale to some of its best BSB results before multiple champ Shane Byrne hopped on the booming V-twin at the start of this year. Hopkins said: “It’s great to be going back to Motorapido. We had a real good time in 2015 and while the results didn’t necessarily show our potential, the package was good, as we demonstrated by finishing on the podium at Brands.”
‘The package was good in 2015; we finished on the podium at Brands’ JOHN HOPKINS
The Panigale has won a BSB title since Hopkins last rode one in anger