American John Hopkins will return to the motherland of his ancestors and race for Tyco Suzuki in the British Superbike Championship in 2014.
Former Suzuki and Kawasaki MotoGP factory rider Hopkins is replacing Josh Brookes on a GSX-R 1000.
Hopkins, 30, has battled numerous injuries - especially his hip and hand - for the last few seasons, taking off all of 2013 to heal. He raced in a limited schedule in 2012 for Crescent Suzuki in World Superbike.
Hopkins' last full season came in 2011 for Crescent Suzuki in BSB, when he lost the title by two points to Tommy Hill. Hopkins won five races that season.
"I'm really excited to be coming back to British Superbike in 2014 and delighted to be joining Tyco Suzuki," Hopkins said. "It's been a long year away from racing getting my body healthy. I'm feeling good, and I've also become a brand-new dad. I feel better than I have done in a lot of years, and I'm really excited to be getting back out on track, especially on the Suzuki GSX-R1000.
"I really feel like I've got a point to prove in the British Superbike Championship, so as I say, I can't wait to get out there on track and do some riding."
Hopkins' teammate for 2014 remains unknown. American PJ Jacobsen is expected to leave Tyco Suzuki for a World Supersport seat next season.