HOP­KINS HAPPY TO BE BACK ON BSB DU­CATI

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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

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