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The good, the bad and the ugly!

Since my last blog, a lot seems to have happened. We had the triple header at Brands Hatch, which was a cracking weekend for the Samsung Cresent Suzuki Team. It was a solid, consistent weekend and just what we needed.

Hopper continued his relentless run of form and JK was back on-it, doing what we all know he can do after struggling at Silverstone. Hopper came away with a 4th, 3rd and 2nd which secured him a spot in the all important shoot-out and JK managed three top 10 finishes. I was happy to see both riders looking confident on the bikes and running strong.

I think the Saturday race at Brands identified a clear issue with the new rules though. The race started on a wet, but drying track and tyre choice was a real dilemma for all the teams. It was a total gamble for everyone because we didn’t know if more rain was coming.

For those who made the right choice they were able to run at the front and challenge for the win. Those who made the wrong choice slipped to the back. But the rules meant they were able to pull in towards the end of the race, swap to slick tyres and go back out to set a super fast time and get a good starting spot for race two. It didn’t really work for me. Brookes who won the race started race two from 13th. Tommy Hill finished 19th in race one but started the second race from pole. That can’t be right can it?! Still, rules are rules I suppose and we would have done the same thing in that situation.

Following the race Hopper jetted off to Brno to wildcard for the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Team. I know how much he was looking forward to showing everyone what he can still do. But sadly, after impressing on Friday, Hopper had a crash in practice, making the worst case scenario a reality. He seriously damaged his fingers and was forced to undergo surgery to get everything sorted. He subsequently missed the race and is now in a battle to be race fit.

For JK it’s not impossible for him to make the shoot-out, but the chance of it actually happening is pretty slim. He basically needs everyone around him to score no more points and then have the weekend of his life. I just want him to go there and build on the good results from Brands and then see what happens. If he can get a good feeling with the bike early on then he can run in the top 6 for sure.

With Hopper we’re playing the waiting game a little bit really. He has spoken with his surgeon this week and Cadwell isn’t a possibility, but he is in the shoot out so it’s not a big issue really. The main thing for me and the team is that he is fully fit come the start of the shoot out at Donington Park.

Despite Hopper being absent, we’re all still looking forward to Cadwell. It’s a shame because he loved the track when we tested there and he was seriously flying over the mountain. The fans would have loved it! But the show must go on and we are ready to put everything into JK to see what he can do. It’s always a great event with loads of fans so it should be good!