Peter Hickman will replace John Hopkins at this weekend’s World Superbike round at Donington, after Hopkins broke his foot and damaged his hip at Monza last weekend.

Young British hopeful Hickman has good knowledge of the Donington circuit, having raced there a number of times in the British Superbike series, and the 24 year-old from Lincolnshire will get his first taste of the new GSX-R1000 on today (Friday) in Free Practice.

He said, “I’m so happy that I’ve got a chance to ride with the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team this weekend It’s going to be a steep learning curve, but I’ve got nothing to lose, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I know the track, but I don’t know the bike, so I’ll be spending the first practice getting used to the GSX-R and how it behaves around Donington.

“I’d like to thank everybody in the team for giving me this chance and I really hope that I will not disappoint them.”

Leon Camier

Leon Camier

Leon Camier is looking forward to racing at home, as WSB makes its first of two visits to England in this year’s Championship. Camier is eager to get back on track and put last weekend firmly behind him as he aims to get a good result on home soil.

The former British Champion said, “It’s always a bit special riding at home and we’re all looking forward to the race this weekend and doing well in front of our own fans.

“It’s tough having back-to-back races because it gives the team a lot of work to do. But all the guys have been working very hard and I’m looking forward to first practice and seeing the results of all their work.

“Donington is going to be a tough race for sure, but I hope for everybody’s sake that the weather is going to better than last weekend and I also want our fans have something to cheer about on Sunday.”

Team Manager Jack Valentine added, “It’s disappointing not to have John on the bike this weekend, but he’s suffering a lot of discomfort from his left hip and he’ll have a scan Friday to determine the full extent of the damage.

“We’re pleased to be able to give an opportunity to a young British rider in Peter Hickman. I was impressed by Peter in BSB last year when he was running at the sharp end for most of the season.

“It’s a great opportunity for him and I would like to thank the MSS BSB team for allowing him to ride this weekend.”

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