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John "Hopper" Hopkins (born May 22, 1983)[citation needed] is a motorcycle road racer based in United States. During 2017 he raced in the British Superbike Championship aboard a Ducati 1199 Panigale for Moto Rapido Racing,[1] but suffered injuries from a crash at the season-finale race meeting in October, meaning he could not participate during 2018.[2][3]

John Hopkins
2005 0319 John Hopkins.jpg
NationalityAmerican
Current teamMoto Rapido Ducati
Bike number21
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years20022008, 2011
ManufacturersYamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki
Championships0
2011 championship position21st (6 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
112 0 4 1 2 563
Superbike World Championship
Active years2009, 2011-2012
ManufacturersHonda, Suzuki
2012 championship position19th (44 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
28 0 0 1 0 81
British Superbike Championship
Active years2011
ManufacturersSuzuki
Championships0
2011 championship position2nd
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
23 5 16 3 2 645

In a 2007 interview, he was questioned about being regarded as Anglo-American, with the interviewer commenting: "A lot of people don't understand your being British. As I understand it, your entire family moved over here from England, and you were raised here as a British family in America".[4]

After riding a Ducati in the British Superbike Championship during the 2015 season, in 2016 he raced a Yamaha YZF-R1 for Tommy Hill's THM team partnered by Stuart Easton.

Hopkins raced previously in MotoGP, the AMA Superbike Championship, and the Superbike World Championship. He first raced in MotoGP during 2002 for the Red Bull Yamaha WCM team on a two-stroke 500 cc bike, and joined the factory Suzuki squad a year later for a five-year spell. He raced for the Kawasaki MotoGP team in 2008, but they dropped him for 2009 due to the global economic crisis and the company's uncompetitive showings. He has subsequently raced in both the World and British Superbike championships, finishing second in the 2011 British Superbike Championship season although injuries and alcohol problems have affected his results,.[5][6]

He was born to parents from Acton.[7][failed verification][better source needed]

BiographyEdit

Hopkins began riding Motocross bikes as a child and won his first race on a MiniBike in 1986, switching to road racing full-time in 1999. Hopkins proposed to his girlfriend Ashleigh in the summer of 2007 on her 21st birthday. They married in Las Vegas in December 2007.

He is featured in the 2003 documentary film, Faster.

MotoGP careerEdit

2002Edit

The 2002 season saw Hopkins join the WCM RedBull Yamaha team alongside multiple race winner Garry McCoy. The team was using Yamaha YZR500 motorcycles on lease from Yamaha. Overall the YZR500 was considered to be uncompetitive that year, due to a change in the regulations allowing 990 cc four-stroke motorcycles to race against 500 cc two-stroke motorcycles. Although the two-strokes held (on average) a 10 kg weight advantage over the four-strokes, they had between 30 and 50 less hp depending on the engine configuration used for the racetrack. Hopkins finished the season ranked 15th, with 58 points, which put him 25 points clear of his teammate McCoy.

2003Edit

In 2003 Hopkins joined the Suzuki factory racing team. This year he would ride a 990 cc V4 four-stroke. In 2003 John was teamed with 2000 500cc world champion Kenny Roberts, Jr.. Although he was racing a four-stroke this year, the results did not seem to come as one would have expected. There are many theories for this, including the Suzuki's lack of power and its tendency to wear out tires faster than other bikes. This year also saw Hopkins involved in a turn 1 crash at the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, he was accused of causing this crash, and was suspended for one race. This suspension resulted in a DNS (did not start) at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Also noteworthy for the 2003 season was the crash in Italy where Kenny Roberts, Jr.'s GSV-R Suzuki suffered an engine management failure and the bike launched into Hopkins, putting both GSV-R's out of the race. At the end of the season, Hopkins finished in 17th place with 29 points. This finish put him 2 places and 7 points ahead of his teammate Kenny Roberts, Jr.

2004Edit

The technology and technical advancement of the GSV-R was further developed in 2004. Most of the refinements took place in the engine management package, making the bike easier to ride. Towards the end of the year, the GSV-R was showing clear improvements, allowing Hopkins to move up the standings. Unfortunately it also saw several mechanical failures, which effectively undid the hard work to develop the motorcycle. Having qualified on the front row at Motegi, he was eliminated in a first-corner crash. Of note is that John was crashed into by Loris Capirossi, one of the same riders he himself had hit at the very same turn 1 at Motegi in 2003. Overall, he finished 16th.

2005Edit

John continued with Suzuki in 2005, as the team showed promising signs after the arrival of Paul Denning as team boss following Denning's success with Suzuki's British Superbike team. John briefly led at Donington, but his best result was a 5th place at Motegi, and he was 14th overall. Qualifying results were often better than race results, largely due to Bridgestone tires being better suited to short runs.

2006Edit

Remains at Suzuki, now backed by Rizla, where he is joined by new teammate Chris Vermeulen. Enjoys his best season yet. Hopkins finished the 2006 season in 10th place overall with 116 points. Hopkins has had one pole position this season, at Assen. His best finishes were in China and in Catalunya, where he finished fourth.

2007Edit

Continuing with Rizla Suzuki, Hopkins set near-lap-record times aboard the new 800 cc motorcycle, and was labeled the dark horse by Colin Edwards. On February 15, 2007 he fractured his wrist after falling while testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain, but returned for the start of the season.

Hopkins completed his first MotoGP podium finish at the Shanghai circuit in China, finishing in 3rd place – 3.6 seconds behind Valentino Rossi but 7.6 seconds ahead of 2006 event winner Dani Pedrosa. He finished as 4th overall in the 2007 season, two places ahead of Vermeulen and one behind Rossi.

2008Edit

For 2008 he joins Kawasaki Racing Team. Explaining the decision, Rizla Suzuki boss Paul Denning suggested that "There are reasons for that other than performance."[8] He crashed heavily at Assen, fracturing his ankle.

Prior to 2009 season, Kawasaki made the decision to halt MotoGP racing activities because of the global economic crisis, meaning that John Hopkins would not have a ride for the 2009 season.

2011Edit

Hopkins returned to MotoGP in the Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix in April 2011 as a temporary replacement for Álvaro Bautista in the Suzuki team.[9]

World Superbike ChampionshipEdit

2009Edit

After the Kawasaki team pulling out of MotoGP, Hopkins secured a mid season ride on the Stiggy Racing Honda replacing Roberto Rolfo.[10] Hopkins scored points during his first round in Valencia. At the next round in Assen Hopkins would fall and dislocate his hip, Hopkins then wouldn't return until San Marino [11] where he couldn't complete the weekends racing. After a career best finish in the first race at Donington Hopkins who was still hurt couldn't complete the second race. Following 2 retirements at the Brno round, Hopkins would suffer a horror crash and the Nürburgring being run over after he was taken out by Makoto Tamada and Broc Parkes, Hopkins was unconscious for ten minutes but luckily sustained no serious injuries.[12] The Stiggy Honda team then withdrew from the world superbike paddock leaving Hopkins once again without a ride for 2010.[13]

2011Edit

In 2011 Hopkins rode his Samsung Crescent Suzuki at the Silverstone World Superbike round. Hopkins was fast from the start being fastest in free practice sessions, capturing his first Superbike World Championship pole position with a new circuit record lap.[14]

2012Edit

In January 2012, Hopkins had his right ring-finger amputated just above the first joint up from the knuckle.

He missed the first race of the season after a testing crash, ironically breaking the knuckle below the stump from the finger he had chopped off at the start of the year.

2013Edit

In October 2012, Hopkins announced that he would be taking the 2013 season off to recover from his injuries.[15] In April 2013, Hopkins had hip replacement surgery following a heavy crash at Monza, but announced at the Le Mans MotoGP event in May that he would be testing again within two months. [16]

AMA Superbike ChampionshipEdit

2010Edit

After one season in SBK John Hopkins returned to United States racing - considered a superstar in the AMA. He raced for the M4 Monster Suzuki team.[17]

British Superbike ChampionshipEdit

2011Edit

For the 2011 season Hopkins raced in the British Superbike Championship. He rode for the Crescent Suzuki team. At Oulton Park he won the second race making history, being the first American to win a British Superbike race. Hopkins made history yet again at the new Snetterton 300 where he won the first British Superbike race.

Hopkins came within 0.006 seconds of winning the title. Losing out to Tommy Hill on the last lap of the final round at Brands Hatch.

2014Edit

On 29 October 2013 it was announced that Hopkins, after taking a year out to recover from multiple injuries, would return to the British Superbike Championship for 2014 having signed to ride for Tyco Suzuki.

2015Edit

In July 2015; Hopkins joined the MCE British Superbike Championship, replacing Jakub Smrz for the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati. His first race took place at Brands Hatch (Round 6) where he placed 6th in Race 1 and had a DNF in Race 2.

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racing careerEdit

By seasonsEdit

Year Class Moto Team Number Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
2002 MotoGP Yamaha YZR500 Red Bull Yamaha WCM 21 15 0 0 0 0 58 15th
2003 MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R Suzuki Grand Prix Team 21 14 0 0 0 0 29 17th
2004 MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R Team Suzuki MotoGP 21 15 0 0 0 0 45 16th
2005 MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R Team Suzuki MotoGP 21 17 0 0 0 0 63 14th
2006 MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 21 17 0 0 1 0 116 10th
2007 MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 21 18 0 4 0 2 189 4th
2008 MotoGP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Kawasaki Racing Team 21 15 0 0 0 0 57 16th
2011 MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 21 1 0 0 0 0 6 21st
Total 112 0 4 1 2 563 0

By classEdit

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts WCh
MotoGP 2002–2008, 2011 2002 Japan 2007 China N/A 112 0 4 1 2 563 0
Total 2002–2008, 2011 112 0 4 1 2 563 0

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos. Pts
2002 MotoGP Yamaha JPN
12
RSA
13
SPA
14
FRA
11
ITA
12
CAT
10
NED
7
GBR
8
GER CZE
Ret
POR
8
BRA
14
PAC
14
MAL
18
AUS
16
VAL
11
15th 58
2003 MotoGP Suzuki JPN
13
RSA
13
SPA
7
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
15
NED
15
GBR
11
GER
Ret
CZE
17
POR
18
BRA PAC
Ret
MAL AUS
12
VAL
13
17th 29
2004 MotoGP Suzuki RSA
13
SPA
15
FRA
Ret
ITA CAT
Ret
NED
14
BRA
15
GER
9
GBR
8
CZE
Ret
POR
6
JPN
Ret
QAT
8
MAL
Ret
AUS
15
VAL
12
16th 45
2005 MotoGP Suzuki SPA
14
POR
Ret
CHN
7
FRA
16
ITA
11
CAT
Ret
NED
14
USA
8
GBR
11
GER
DNS
CZE
14
JPN
5
MAL
9
QAT
17
AUS
10
TUR
15
VAL
13
14th 63
2006 MotoGP Suzuki SPA
9
QAT
Ret
TUR
17
CHN
4
FRA
15
ITA
10
CAT
4
NED
6
GBR
8
GER
10
USA
6
CZE
7
MAL
6
AUS
12
JPN
12
POR
6
VAL
11
10th 116
2007 MotoGP Suzuki QAT
4
SPA
19
TUR
6
CHN
3
FRA
7
ITA
5
CAT
4
GBR
5
NED
5
GER
7
USA
15
CZE
2
RSM
3
POR
6
JPN
10
AUS
7
MAL
8
VAL
3
4th 189
2008 MotoGP Kawasaki QAT
12
SPA
7
POR
5
CHN
14
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
10
GBR
Ret
NED
DNS
GER USA CZE
11
RSM
14
IND
14
JPN
10
AUS
13
MAL
11
VAL
14
16th 57
2011 MotoGP Suzuki QAT SPA
10
POR FRA CAT GBR NED ITA GER USA CZE
DNS
IND RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL
C
VAL 21st 6

Superbike World ChampionshipEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2009 Honda AUS AUS QAT QAT SPA
11
SPA
12
NED NED ITA ITA RSA RSA USA USA SMR
DNS
SMR
DNS
GBR
8
GBR
DNS
CZE
Ret
CZE
Ret
GER
Ret
GER
DNS
ITA ITA FRA FRA POR POR 23rd 17
2011 Suzuki AUS AUS EUR EUR NED NED ITA ITA USA USA SMR SMR SPA SPA CZE CZE GBR
5
GBR
7
GER
GER
ITA
ITA
FRA
FRA
POR
POR
19th 20
2012 Suzuki AUS AUS ITA
13
ITA
Ret
NED
Ret
NED
11
ITA
C
ITA
DNS
EUR EUR USA
Ret
USA
16
SMR
17
SMR
14
SPA
15
SPA
Ret
CZE
15
CZE
14
GBR
Ret
GBR
10
RUS
9
RUS
12
GER
13
GER
13
POR
12
POR
11
FRA
DNS
FRA
DNS
19th 44

AMA Superbike ChampionshipEdit

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2010 Suzuki DAY
DNS
DAY
Ret
FON
7
FON
5
RAT
5
RAT
5
INF
INF
RAM
RAM
M-O
M-O
LAG
VIR
15
VIR
DNS
N-J
5
N-J
3
BAR
3
BAR
2
10th 151 [18]

British Superbike ChampionshipEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3
2011 Suzuki BHI
17
BHI
5
OUL
2
OUL
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
THR
4
THR
3
KNO
2
KNO
Ret
SNE
1
SNE
3
OUL
Ret
OUL
C
BHGP
4
BHGP
3
BHGP
2
CAD1 CAD1 CAD1 DON
1
DON
1
SIL
1
SIL
3
BHGP
3
BHGP
12
BHGP
3
2nd 6452 [19]
1.^ – Hopkins was not entered for the Cadwell race due to an injury he sustained during his wildcard ride for Suzuki at the MotoGP event in Brno.[20]
2.^ – Hopkins qualified for "The Showdown" part of the BSB season, thus before the Donington Park round he was awarded 500 points plus the podium credits he had gained throughout the season. Podium credits are given to anyone finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd, with 3,2 and 1 points awarded respectively.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "John Hopkins returns to Moto Rapido Ducati". www.motorapido.co.uk. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  2. ^ BSB: Hopkins out after paddock hill crash Motor Cycle News, 14 October 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2018
  3. ^ Injury rules Hopkins out of 2018 British Superbike series Bike Sport News, 11 January 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018
  4. ^ SuperbikePlanet.com Interview (by Dean Adams): MotoGP Racer John Hopkins Archived November 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, 10 January 2007. Retrieved November 25, 2015
  5. ^ http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/454/9618/Motorcycle-Article/John-Hopkins-Interview--Jerez-MotoGP.aspx
  6. ^ http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-racing-news-moto-gp/hopkins-battled-pain-with-alcohol/17677.html
  7. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2046860/Hopkins-poised-American-winner-British-Superbike-Championship.html
  8. ^ "Kawasaki sign Hopkins from Suzuki". bbc.co.uk. July 12, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  9. ^ "John Hopkins set for difficult MotoGP comeback in Jerez". BBC Sport. March 28, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  10. ^ John Hopkins signs Stiggy Honda WSB deal - | Motorcycle Sport | WSB | BSB | MotoGP | TT & Road races | MCN. Motorcyclenews.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  11. ^ More Previews Of This Weekend's World Superbike Event At Misano News Article //. Roadracingworld.com (June 17, 2009). Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  12. ^ Run over Hopkins avoids serious injury | WSBK News | Sep 2009. Crash.Net (September 7, 2009). Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  13. ^ John Hopkins to race in MotoGP and American superbikes? - | Motorcycle Sport | MotoGP News | MotoGP Results | MCN. Motorcyclenews.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  14. ^ Wildcard rider pushes to a new track best. Worldsbk.com (July 30, 2011). Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  15. ^ http://motomatters.com/news/2012/10/07/injury_forces_john_hopkins_to_take_a_yea.html
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 21, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ Hopkins confirmed for 2010 AMA Superbikes - Motorcycle news : Racing news. Visordown (February 1, 2010). Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  18. ^ http://results.amaproracing.com/live/results/pdfresults/rr/2010/10-barber/sbr2points.pdf
  19. ^ "Round 12 - Standings" (PDF). Motor Sport Vision. October 9, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  20. ^ John Hopkins to miss Cadwell Park | BSB News | Aug 2011. Crash.Net (August 23, 2011). Retrieved July 26, 2012.

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