John Hopkins has suffered a broken and dislocated right collarbone, broken four ribs and bruised his right lung in his heavy race two fall at Knockhill.
The ePayMe Yamaha rider converted his promising free practice pace into fourth place in race one at Knockhill, pipped to the final rostrum spot by Luke Mossey by just 0.114s, and after a promising start running inside the top six in the wet race two he slipped on a painted white line and was thrown into a nasty crash.
The former MotoGP rider was taken to the medical centre and after initial checks has been referred to a specialist and an MRI scan.
Hopkins has confirmed on his personal Twitter
account he has undergone a full day of tests which have confirmed a broken and dislocated right collarbone, four broken ribs and a bruised right lung.
The extent of his injuries has effectively put Hopkins out of the next round of the MCE British Superbike championship in two weeks at Snetterton. A recovery timetable is currently being scheduled for the American rider.
Speaking before the confirmation of the injuries, Hopkins was delighted with the progress made with the ePayMe Yamaha R1 after a difficult start to the year until it was curtailed by his race two crash.
“The first race was great for us,” Hopkins said. “We were then just trying to improve a little bit of the mid-range power as we were just losing a little bit of punch coming out of the corners.
“The bike felt great all race-long [in race one] and I had been monitoring the gaps between us and I was trying to save my tyre until the end of the race to try and make a move on the brakes, but I just ran out of time. I did go for it and I got alongside Mossey coming out of the fast left-hander, but he was too defensive and there was no room for me to get through.
“We wanted to build on that for race two but unfortunately I crashed. I will be seeing some doctors this week to see what we can work on with it so that I am back to full fitness as soon as we possibly can.”