Hopkins vows to be '100 per cent or close' for Donington

Suzuki star John 'Hopper' Hopkins has asserted that he will be '100 per cent or close' fitness-wise in time for the start of the 2011 BSB 'Showdown' at Donington Park - despite his Brno finger-break being 'much worse than expected'
Suzuki star John Hopkins has vowed to be '100 per cent or close' with regards to his fitness in time for the beginning of the 2011 British Superbike Championship 'Showdown' at Donington Park next month, after breaking two of his fingers during MotoGP practice at Brno last weekend.

During a wet FP3 session in the Czech Republic on Saturday morning, Hopkins fell on the entry to Turn Three as he touched the brakes on his Rizla Suzuki, dislocating his third finger and fracturing his second finger on his right hand [see separate story – click here]. Consequently forced out of what would have been his second premier class start of the campaign, the 28-year-old returned home to California for surgery.

“Surgery went very well, but the injury itself was much worse than what we originally expected,” 'Hopper' wrote on his Twitter page, having flown from 'Brno-London-Los Angeles-San Diego' and got 'O hours sleep' in the process. “Exact recovery time and when I will be back on the bike is yet to be determined but I can say I will be 100% or close by Donington Park!”

Hopkins made no mention of whether he will be able to compete at Cadwell Park next weekend, but he is already qualified to progress on to the Showdown in any case. The only potential loss from missing Cadwell might be podium credits that are carried forward into BSB's end-of-season shoot-out.

Related Pictures

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John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
John Hopkins, Superbike race 1, BSB Snetterton, July 2011
Hopkins, Spanish MotoGP 2011
Hopkins with injured hand, Czech MotoGP Race 2011
Hopkins, Czech MotoGP 2011
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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karamozov - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 4:03 PM

Hopkins is tough as a railroad spike. A man that makes no excuses and who shows up for work, rain or shine. I wish him well and hope to see him ride at the top level next year.

SoCalRon - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 4:06 PM

I suspect that Hopper wanted the surgery performed by the same orthopedic surgeon that saved his career. (The surgeon that said "I can fix your wrist" when every other surgeon said "You'd better retire"). . .

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