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Hopkins 'pulling the pins' for BSB Showdown
6 September 2011
John Hopkins, who missed Cadwell Park due to hand injuries sustained in a MotoGP appearance at Brno, is ready to return to action for the start of the BSB Title Showdown this weekend.
Despite his Cadwell absence, Hopkins qualified third out of the six Title Fighters, and will start this weekend's Donington Park round four points behind Shane Byrne (Honda) and 11 from Tommy Hill (Yamaha).
The Crescent Samsung Suzuki star insists his injuries, for which he required surgery, won't be holding him back.
"I'm ready to return to racing," said Hopkins. "[On Tuesday] they take the last pins out of my middle finger - then I'll have full articulation in all fingers.
"I've been keeping up my fitness and exercising my hand so I expect to be able to push right from the get-go. I know Donington Park well from my MotoGP years, I love the place, so I'm right on the game there.
"I've been waiting for this phase of the championship to start, and now it's here I can't wait to get stuck in. I can sense this weekend is going to be fantastic, we're all going to be going for it and it's my intention to be right at the very front!"
Team manager Jack Valentine also has no doubts about the American's fitness.
"To say Hopper is ready would be an understatement. He's is literally 'pulling the pin', or pins, as we speak," smiled Valentine. "We've stayed in contact as he's been recuperating back at his home in the States and he's certainly fired-up for this weekend, he's really up for it and I think we can expect him to come out fighting.
"This is a very exciting point in the championship, as we literally start all over again, and with Donington, Silverstone and Brands being the final rounds – all good venues for Hopper – we can expect a very strong and determined run to the flag from him."