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Samsung Crescent Racing on a high as they head to Brands Hatch

The Samsung Crescent Racing team are in high spirits as they head to the Brands Hatch GP circuit in Kent for the eighth round of the 2011 British Superbikes Championship this weekend.

After two very successful recent tests at Brands Hatch GP and Cadwell Park, followed by a sensational run-out at last weekend's World Superbikes at Silverstone (where John Hopkins took pole position), the team are anticipating another highly competitive weekend's racing at what is a crucial point in the BSB season.

With two rounds (six races) remaining before the championship switches to its 'Showdown' phase – the final three rounds where only the top six riders can compete for the championship – John Hopkins is second in the championship standings. Although Hopkins lies 32 points adrift of the lead rider only 'podium points' carry forward to the Showdown, and significantly here Hopkins is only one point off the lead.

John Kirkham is currently seventh in the championship, just 20 points outside the top-six – but with a maximum potential of 150 points up for grabs he could overcome this quite readily.

Jack Valentine, team manager: "The team are really buzzing after the Silverstone weekend. Coming after two very successful tests it was another demonstration of our true potential. And as the BSB championship gets closer to the final Showdown we're again contenders for the title.

"Hopper's clearly on top of his game. After qualifying fastest at Silverstone it was always going to be a tall order for him to back that up with a podium finish – the factory-backed WSB superbikes have an edge on us on top speed – but again he showed his ability to take his bike to the very limit of its capability and bring home the high-scores.

"Earlier in testing here at Brands Hatch GP we found within his first half an hour on track Hopper was on BSB race pace. Importantly he says he loves this circuit. He's having fun out there. For everyone else in the paddock that's a dangerous mood for Hopper to be in!

"JK's probably suffered a few rookie-blues this season, he's had his fair share of misfortunes, but he's still in the fight. JK's on the edge of the Title Fighters top-six and with six races over the next two rounds he stands a very good chance of netting the points he needs to be in the running for the Showdown. He'll remember he scored a strong fifth finish at Brands at the 2011 season opener, so he'll be looking to get back to his top-six form over the weekend.

"All in all, we're definitely looking forward to some strong performances this weekend!