WEDNESDAY 20TH JULY 2005
The Suzuki teams heads for Donington Park this weekend looking to build on the result achieved by John Hopkins at the last round in America.
Both Suzuki and Hopkins expect to receive strong support from the rider's army of supporters and relatives, as the ever-improving Anglo-American is now based close to Donington and regard this weekend's betandwin.com British Grand Prix as a second 'home' race. While the adds to the pressure on his shoulders, particularly coming direct from his other home event at Laguna Seca, the hard-charging star arrives with confidence after amassing almost double the points he had to show at the same time last season.
Eighth place ain California wasn't exactly what Hopkins wanted after qualifying sixth, but the youngster knows that that was all his bike was capable of on the day. Senior team-mate Kenny Roberts Jr languished six places further back on race day, and both riders will be looking to make amends this weekend at a track they, and the team, know well.
“Donington is one of the most important races of the season for Suzuki," admitted team manager Paul Denning, "We will have many partners – present and hopefully future - joining us and will be looking to put on a good show for them all.
“This will be one of the few tracks where I have some decent knowledge of set-up and rider-feel required, after all the time I spent here with Rizla Suzuki in BSB. I hope this will be of some small use to both riders and their superb crews as they tackle yet another demanding circuit.”
The team is hoping that further developments for the GSV-R will push Hopkins and Roberts up the order, and able to mix it with Yamaha, Honda and Ducati at the front.
“We have some significant development parts arriving in time for Donington, which the Suzuki factory has delivered in line with the direct requests of the riders," Denning continued, "After the excitement of Laguna Seca, and the delivery of the awesome-looking Red Bull Suzuki one-event partnership, we will be hoping to impress Red Bull and all potential partners with another positive step in on-track performance."
Hopkins, USA MotoGP, 2005