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Further surgery for BSB leader John Hopkins
18 September 2011
John Hopkins, who leads the British Superbike Championship after a perfect double victory in the first of the three Showdown rounds, has undergone further surgery on his injured hand.
The American suffered multiple fractures to his right hand when he crashed during a wild-card MotoGP appearance at Brno in August.
The injuries, and subsequent surgery, forced him to miss the Cadwell Park BSB round, but he had already qualified as a top six Title Fighter and made a stunning comeback at Donington Park.
But despite his success, Hopper knew his hand still wasn't sufficiently healed and so rushed back to California to consult further with his surgeons after the event.
X-rays revealed areas still fractured with his middle finger not locating in the knuckle - the finger has now been micro-plated and screwed (pictured).
John Hopkins: "There was a lot of pain in my fingers at Donington Park, and I knew it wasn't right and in fact I was very worried I'd aggravated the injury. So I rushed back to see my surgeon on the Monday.
"The x-rays showed that my middle finger wasn't locating properly in the second knuckle. Fortunately the bone area that had previously been crushed was now nicely healed and so my surgeon was able to put in screws and plates so as to stabilize the finger," Hopkins confirmed.
"I could feel straight away that the finger was much stronger and it's improved every day since. I'm now very confident that I'll be able to ride at near-enough 100% at Silverstone next weekend."
Crescent Samsung Suzuki team manager Jack Valentine knew Hopkins was struggling with his hand at Donington Park.
"I was amazed John was able to ride through such pain at Donington Park. He wouldn't take pain killers and we could tell by the end of the second race it had been a tough ordeal for him," he said.
"The news now is all-good, John's surgeon identified the issues and has done an incredible job in returning the stability John's knuckle and finger needed. John's very excited by the progress he's made and we can now look forward to him being physically much better prepared for the Silverstone round.
"He took the lap record there at the World Superbike round we attended earlier this year. We think he'll now be able to continue with that kind of pace. We can expect to be very competitive."
Hopkins, aiming to become the first American to win the BSB crown, will start the Silverstone event with a three-point lead over Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill.
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