Samsung Suzuki's John Hopkins has said he is expecting to have to work hard at this weekend's second Oulton Park British Superbike round and will be looking to improve on his Brands Hatch experience.
The former MotoGP man has ridden the Cheshire track on a roadbike so knows which way it goes but is under no illusion about how hard the task will be and aims to take the job step-by-step from Saturday onwards.
"Last weekend was certainly a tough introduction to BSB. I guess it was everything I expected – not for one minute I have imagined this task to be a walk in the park – but it certainly brought it back to me that I have to take this job step-by-step," said Hopkins.
"Oulton Park is the next step. Quite a big one at that. I first visited the circuit a fortnight ago for a track day on a road bike, so that I'd get an idea of where it goes and what the challenges will be. And oh yes there are lots of ups and downs and no question you have to know where you're going if you're to get a fast lap time. I'm in no doubt, this weekend I've a lot of work to do."