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.