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21John Hopkins


Team: Crescent Racing / Rizla Suzuki

Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs, Rizla Suzuki, Monster Energy, Alpine Stars, Arai, Samsung Crescent Racing

Ramona, CA
John Hopkins


From his earliest racing days, John Hopkins was earmarked as a kid with a big future in racing. John was born in Ramona, California to parents freshly removed from their hometown of London, England where his father was a keen motorcyclist and former Isle of Man TT road racer. Before John could walk, he was taking rides on the tank of this father’s machines. John grew up riding dirt bikes in the desert every weekend, and first raced at the age of 4 in a motocross event on a PeeWee 50.  John spent most of his junior years racing motocross.

At the precocious age of 9, John was offered the opportunity to make his road-racing debut in a junior club meeting aboard a YZR 50. As soon as he started road racing, he watched all of the GPs on TV and dremt wildly of being like his heroes Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz. Hopkins was invited to test ride the Supersport 600 for Ulrich which delivered an escalation of racing activities. Hopkins soon won the Aprilia Challenge Championship and joined the US Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki team for team manager, John Ulrich.

When John was 16 years old he made his AMA Championship debut. In 2000, he won three races and scored 6 podium finishes to clinch the AMA 750cc Supersport Championship and placed 2nd in the Formula USA Unlimited Superbike Championship with 7 wins out of 12 races. Hopkins continued his success in AMA racing by winning the Formula Xtreme Championship in 2001.

In 2002, John joined the factory RedBull Yamaha team to race on the MotoGP World Championship circuit and finished the season 9th in overall points. From 2003-2005, John had a string of pedestrian seasons for Suzuki finishing 17th in points in 2003, 16th in 2004, and 14th in 2005. In 2006, John picked up his racing and managed two 4th place finishes at Shanghai and Catalunya and finished 10th in overall points.  Hopkins’ best season yet came in 2007 at 24 years old making 4 podium appearances and finishing 4th overall for the season. He made the switch to Kawasaki in 2008 and unfortunately finished a disappointing 16th overall in points with his best finish was a 5th in Portugal.

In 2009, after 7 years competing in MotoGP, John made the move to World Superbike Racing riding for Stiggy Racing Honda racing on the CBR1000RR. An unlucky crash ended John’s season early, also keeping him out of the majority of the 2010 AMA Superbike season with Team M4 Monster Suzuki. Hopkins finished 10th in overall points.

Now healthy and looking for a fresh start in 2011, Hopkins accepted a ride with Samsung Crescent Suzuki in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship series. Hopkins is off to a fantastic start to the season, capturing 1st place at round 2 of BSB racing at Oulton Park.

Career Highlights:

2nd Place - BSB Championship - 2011
10th Place - AMA Superbike Championship - 2010 (injury)
23rd Place - World Superbike Championship - 2009 (injury)
16th Place - MotoGP World Championship - 2008
4th Place - MotoGP World Championship - 2007
10th Place - MotoGP World Championship - 2006
14th Place - MotoGP World Championship - 2005
16th Place - MotoGP World Championship - 2004
17th Place - MotoGP World Championship - 2003
15th Place - MotoGP World Championship - 2002
1st Place - AMA Formula Xtreme Championship - 2001
2nd Place - Formula USA Unlimited Superbike Championship - 2000
1st Place - AMA 750cc Supersport Championship - 2000
1st Place - Aprilia Challenge Championship - 1999