WSBK »

Hopkins expecting more surgery

The American was due to ride for Crescent Fixi Suzuki in Australia but will now focus on the second WSBK round at Imola.
John Hopkins says he is likely to undergo the 29th surgery of his life in an effort to correct the hand fracture he sustained in an accident during World Superbike testing this week.

The American, who has been beset by a myriad of injury woes over his career, fractured his right hand after falling heavily at Phillip Island earlier this week [Monday] and has returned to the United States having now withdrawn from the 2012 season opener.

Injuring the hand that only last month was operated on to have part of his finger amputated, Hopkins revealed on his Twitter account @JHopper21 that he is likely to be going under the knife once more – for the 29th time in his career.

Suggesting there will be a 4-5 week recovery time, though Hopkins concedes the set back is taking its toll on him, he is aiming for a return to the second WSBK round at Imola on April 1st.

“Unfortunately it's looking like I'll be having my 29th surgery after swelling subsides on a broken R/hand with a recovery time of 4-5weeks! It's surely not easy trying to stay positive after constantly getting beat to the ground & breaking bones but... it is possible!”

Hopkins, who finished runner-up to Tommy Hill in the 2011 British Superbike Championship, will be replaced by Josh Brookes at Crescent Fixi Suzuki for the 2012 WSBK curtain raiser in Australia.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Hopkins with injured hand after crash, Phillip Island WSBK tests, 13-14 January 2012
Hopkins with injured hand after crash, Phillip Island WSBK tests, 13-14 January 2012
Hopkins with injured hand after crash, Phillip Island WSBK tests, 13-14 January 2012
Brookes, Suzuka 8 hours, 2014
Van der Mark, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Van der Mark, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Van der Mark, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Van der Mark, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Van der Mark, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Yoshimura, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Yanagawa and Aegerter, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Van der Mark, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Van der Mark, Haslam, Takahashi, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Tsuda and Takahashi, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Tsuda and Aoki, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Tsuda, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Kagayama, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Takahashi and Aegerter, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


JC - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 5:51 PM

It amazes me how many people don't know what the hell they are talking about. Hopper was NOT on the new bike but the 2011 spec bike from last season. A bike he knows very well from his almost crash free BSB campaign last season (his amputated finger injury was caused in the crash @ BRNO). Pay attention fer crissakes. No rider ever wants to crash either but they all do it, some more than others but Hopper is no crasher.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.