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Hopkins anticipates winning return to Oulton Park

John Hopkins is keenly anticipating the return to Oulton Park as the 2011 British Superbike Championship treks back to the Cheshire track this weekend for round seven of the 12 round series. Back in April Hopkins took his debut win in the series here and vows to repeat the performance this time around. His Samsung Crescent Racing team-mate Jon Kirkham also previously found form here, setting joint fastest lap of the meeting.

Hopkins is certainly a rider to watch as the BSB series passes into its second half. His win and a podium at Snetterton placed him just 19 points off the championship lead and only one point off the top of the Podium Credits table. Hopkins says now with prior knowledge of this track he should be a definite challenger for wins. Kirkham meanwhile has a race against time in his bid to make the top-six Title Fighters before the round ten cut-off. Lying just seven points outside the top-six Kirkham will want two strong rides so as to make a big difference at this critical time.

John Hopkins: "I'm really starting to find my feet in this series. Returning to Oulton Park should be great for us as for the first time I'll have my own base data to work from on set-up. As well, our bike just feels better and better, so I'm in a far stronger position coming to this track, this time around. I shall be shooting for wins as much as podiums."

Jon Kirkham: "I'm looking forward to coming back to Oulton Park. I love the track and having done well here earlier this year it gives me a good base from which to attack this weekend. We'll be trying a new chassis setting and I'll definitely be practicing my start techniques. The plan has to be to ride to two strong finishes and push my way into the top-six Title Fighters."

Jack Valentine, team manager: "Oulton Park is like a home track for me and I've l ots of fond memories from the track, not least Hopper's and JK's great rides here earlier this year.

"I'm sure Hopper will continue to build on his successes and we should see strong performances from him this weekend, hopefully yet more wins!

"JK should feel more at home at this track and that could help him overcome some of the issues that have bothered him of late. We've also new chassis settings for him to try that will hopefully improve his feel for rear grip. Even so, as he showed at Snetterton -- when he finished only five second behind Hopper in race one -- as long as he gets a good start he's good for a top-six finish. Solid results are what he needs to bank right now to be in with a chance to play a part in the Showdown at the end of the season."