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Hopkins recovery 'going to plan'

The former MotoGP rider is in the envious position of being able to skip the next BSB round without harming his title aspirations significantly.
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."



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Bike Race Guru - Unregistered

August 19, 2011 11:03 AM

Just another example of the sh1te scoring system.. If he misses Cadwell he loses a maximum 9 podium credits.. If he'd of missed Cadwell with a "normal" scoring system he'd miss out on 75 points and his championship would be done.. This isn't a pop at Hopkins it's not his fault.. But Riders coming off.. Being Injured.. Mechanicals.. They're all part of this sport we love.. They all have a bearing on results and championships.. As well as the god given talent of the riders we follow.. I hope he doesn't miss any racing and wish him a full and speedy recovery..

SuperSykes - Unregistered

August 19, 2011 1:00 PM

@Ed The only ones I can think of are Tommy Hill (in my opinion the unluckiest guy in racing) and Dani 'made of china' Pedrosa who seems to get hurt everytime he comes off. I can't decide who I want to win BSB this year, Shakey is awesome and would be nice to see him get another title, Tommy was so unlucky last year and this year with the whole Baz oil crash that wrecked his shoulder and Hopper who is awesome! Should be a good last few rounds



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