THE glamour, speed and awesome noise of a full Factory MotoGP bike will grace Brands Hatch for the first time during the 13th and final round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, when Rizla Suzuki star John Hopkins puts his GSV-R990 through its paces on the historic 2.60-mile GP circuit.
Attending Brands Hatch to support Rizla Suzuki MotoGP's sister Rizla Suzuki Superbike team, Hopper is looking forward to getting on track, knowing his GSV-R will be the fastest motorcycle ever to circulate Brands Hatch.
The Rizla Suzuki MotoGP bike is a complete prototype motorcycle and can only be compared with a Formula One car. By contrast, the Rizla Suzuki Superbike is based on a production GSX-R1000 that you can buy in any authorised Suzuki dealership for just over £8000.
Using high-tech materials and advanced electronics, the 990cc MotoGP bike may be 9cc less than the 210bhp Superbike but it produces an incredible 240bhp. Those high-tech materials also contribute to weight savings on the MotoGP Rizla Suzuki, allowing it to tip the scales at 148kg, exactly 14kgs lighter than the Superbike.
With more power and less weight, the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP bike with 23-year-old Anglo-American Hopper onboard, can theoretically lap Brands Hatch GP circuit approximately three-four seconds per lap faster than the Superbike - although Hopkins, having never visited Brands Hatch before and with two rounds of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship to go, will be riding at 'demonstration' speed only.
"I am really looking forward to riding my Rizla Suzuki at Brands Hatch," said Hopper, one of the rising stars in MotoGP. "I'll be giving the bike some stick and trying to put on a good show for the crowds.
"I'll be there supporting Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, James Haydon and the Rizla Suzuki Superbike team as well and can't wait to watch the racing. It's a shame I can't enter on my GSV-R."
Hopper will be on track at 1455 on Saturday, September 30th, and 1515 on Sunday, October 1st, each time for 10-minutes. He will then join the Rizla Suzuki Superbike team at its garage and hospitality unit and will be signing autographs and meeting the BSB fans. For more details on Rizla Suzuki Superbike visit www.rizla-suzuki.co.uk or on Rizla Suzuki MotoGP visit www.rizla-suzuki-motogp.co.uk.