John Hopkins's recovery from injury is 'going to plan' following surgery on his broken finger, the British Superbike title challenger working hard on returning to full fitness.
The Crescent Samsung Suzuki rider broke his fingers in an accident during his one-off MotoGP wild-card for Rizla Suzuki at Brno, Hopkins returning to his native United States to undergo surgery on the third finger of his right hand to correct a break and dislocation.
Though it isn't known when Hopkins will be back to full fitness, the American can afford to skip the next BSB event at Cadwell Park having already qualified for the title shootout to be held over the three remaining events.
In the meantime, Crescent Suzuki team manager Jack Valentine says Hopkins remains focused on getting back to health and challenging for the title.
“John flew home to the States immediately after the accident and his surgeon assessed the damage then operated on the third finger.
"John is now relaxing at home and on the recommendation of his surgeon is undertaking all the usual rehabilitation treatments like hyperbaric chamber sessions. The aim is for John to come back 100% fit; his goal and that of Samsung Crescent Racing is still to win the 2011 BSB Championship.
"Early next week we should be in a better position to report on how the injury is progressing, but for now we understand all is going to plan and we can look forward to seeing 'Hopper' back on the grid soon."