John Hopkins will return to the MotoGP field in Sepang

John Hopkins
Hopkins is hoping for a return to MotoGP for the 2012 season

British Superbike championship leader John Hopkins will ride in next month's Malaysian MotoGP for Suzuki.

Hopkins, 28, spent five seasons in MotoGP with the team before leaving at the end of the 2007 season.

He made a return earlier this year as a stand-in for Alvaro Bautista at Jerez but then crashed out of a second ride in Brno and injured his hand.

He said: "I really want to get back into MotoGP and this is a great chance to show what I can do."

Hopkins holds an eight-point lead at the top of the British Superbike standingsexternal-link and can win the title at the final round at Brands Hatch on 9 October.

He will then meet up with his old team in time for the race in Sepang on 23 October.

""I am really pumped to get this chance to ride in a MotoGP race," he added.

"I thought after Brno that I wouldn't get the opportunity again and was really disappointed that I missed out there due to a silly mistake, so to be heading to Sepang is fantastic. It is one of my favourite tracks and I know it well because we used to test there a lot.

"My main focus is on the British Championship at the moment, but as soon as that is over I will be in MotoGP mode and putting all my efforts into getting a good result at Sepang and showing that I can perform at the highest level."