Hopkins leads Melandri

Hopkins leads Melandri

With Silverstone the venue for the UK round of the series, the FIXI Crescent team will be hoping for a strong showing in front of the home crowd.

In 2011 Hopkins qualified on pole in a wildcard appearance while campaigning for the team in British Superbikes, and was close to the podium in both races.

He said, “To repeat last year’s pole position is not going to be easy, but there’s no reason why it cannot be done, as long as I have a good Superpole.

“The competition is very tough, but as long as I get on the front two rows of the grid, I’ll be happy, though another pole would be great!

“I like the track and hope Silverstone will be where I turn around my season and start posting good results again.”

Brit Leon Camier started from the front row of the grid in 2011, and will be looking to put on a good performance for the British crowds.

He said, “It’s always fun to race at home and I’ll be doing my best to get good results.

“I qualified on the front row of the grid last year and I will be aiming to do the same again this year, though first I have to have a good Superpole!

Leon Camier started from the front row of the grid in 2011

Leon Camier started from the front row of the grid in 2011

“The bike has definitely improved recently and I’m hoping that it will suit Silverstone and we can all have a good weekend. It would be good to get good results and say thank you to all our fans at home.”

Team Manager Jack Valentine added, “I don’t feel any more pressure at Silverstone than any other circuit, but obviously we all want to do well at our home race and make all our fans and sponsors happy.

“The team has been working its socks off and the recent improvements in the FIXI Crescent Suzuki have made the bike better for Leon and John to ride.

“Qualifying and doing well in Superpole is our priority and if we can do that, I’m sure good results will follow.”

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