qualifying at Snetterton back in June. The injury to his left hand sidelined Smrz for the Knockhill, Brands Hatch and Thruxton rounds.
Hopkins, the 2011 BSB runner-up, had been drafted in to deputise for the last two rounds but with the injury to 'Kuba' still in question it has been decided that he will be replaced on a permanent basis by the ex-MotoGP Californian.
"I have definitely been enjoying myself with the team and there is a great atmosphere and for me it has been fantastic to come in straight away and show what we are capable of. I haven't enjoyed myself on a bike this much in a long time and this opportunity is what I have been waiting for, especially after the frustrating start of the year when you had to watch everyone else testing and racing," said Hopkins.
"I bided my time and it has paid off because I wanted to come back with a team and package that I knew had the potential to be at the front and everything I think happens for a reason. I can't deny that I feel bad for Kuba because he is a great rider and I am sure he will be back soon, but I had to grasp this opportunity and I couldn't give it up."
Steve Moore, Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati Team Principal, added, "I can confirm that John Hopkins will ride for the team for the remainder of the season and is now signed as our permanent rider."