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John Hopkins back on a Suzuki MotoGP bike? "Watch this space..."

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mike hunt - Unregistered

February 05, 2011 10:57 AM

Motogp/bsb/wsb needs a character, someone whose a little mad like Hopper.

championships would be so boring if you had to rely on Pedrobot or the Rossi-esque antics of Lorenzo.

Hopkins is good value on and off track and BSB and Motogp will be better for his presence.. I hope he makes it to my local track before he goes to Motogp.

shamarone - Unregistered

February 05, 2011 2:38 PM

i've followed john's career since he was a wee lad. i have video cassettes (that's right VHS tapes) of him racing as a privateer back in the now defunct FUSA series. this was like '99. he was definitely a phenom. unfortunately, if this talent is ever to shine thru again he needs to RUN (not walk) once and for all AWAY from the manufacturer that is suzuki. this was the same advice i tendered to KRJR half way thru his failed '01 title defense. observe that nothing has changed in over a decade.

Garo - Unregistered

February 05, 2011 4:13 PM

John sucked in 99 and he still sucks 12 years later. J Ulrich backed Hopper(slang for toilet) thinking he had found another Kevin Schwantz, which is an insult to Kevin by his inability to capitalize on all the chances & opportunities john has had. His ego and mouth has always surpassed his riding abilities which is clearly evidenced by crap results and his numerous crashes over the years. He's going to get his ass handed to him in BSB. Denialing needs to admit John's been his biggest blunder and move on. Roger Lee Hayden placed in top 10 on 2 different makes of bikes with his wild card opportunities, he deserves a chance before ****less Hopper.

ebaums - Unregistered

February 05, 2011 6:59 PM

what is it with Denning and his belive so much in Hopkins? surely Hopper is more than a regular rider but why Denning didn't put Spies in that credit of trust? was it the money a bit too much to spent? or what??? bad character? I wish Hopper best and if he'll run fast on that wildcard he should find a place in a proper team in 2012 but Suzuki (or Suzuki will build the whole competitive team from scratch)


February 05, 2011 7:45 PM
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"but why Denning didn't put Spies in that credit of trust?"

I think we all want to know the answer to that question!

I don't think it was money. Spies wasn't going to make what Hopper made. Spies took the Yamaha WSBK ride and surely they didn't pay what he was making in AMA and I doubt if that sum was head and shoulders about what Suzuki GP would have paid. Money was an issue with the Suzuki WSBK team because they didn't have any and were looking for the factory to pay Spies. Spies didn't want to go to WSBK and only wanted to go to MotoGP so I doubt if he would have priced himself out of a seat.

From what I've read, Denning and Co just passed on Spies - for Loris and Chris V. Who both end up being releasing. The thought of having Bautista and Spies in the same team now has to cross Dennings mind from time to time. Short of bringing another title to Suzuki, I don't think Denning will ever live down not signing Spies.

f - Unregistered

February 05, 2011 8:28 PM

Lets be realistic here guys. Hopper going back to Suzuki might end up really bad as nobody expects Suzuki to increase their motogp effort. The year 2012 might be ok in terms of points but as the years get on, other bikes are gonna get better and blow away anything Suzuki is developing. Might be good exposure for him, but everybody knows the severity of his injuries and I believe manufactures might be reluctant to pick him up just because of that. On the other hand, I do think Hopper would be a great development rider for Suzuki if they go racing beyond 2011, but other than that, i see his future bleak knowing there is more raw talent in the current GP field. Racing is a cut-throat business and your only as good as your last race, right?

f - Unregistered

February 05, 2011 8:45 PM


I remember reading that he was supposed to take CV's ride but then CV exercised his last year option after not finding another seat in the GP paddock. We all knew (american AMA fans) his goal was GPs and saw WSBK as inferior, hence his riding coach was a GP legend by the name of Schwantz. Thats why 2009 wasn't a shock to us Americans lol.

Go Ben!

Glenn - Unregistered

February 05, 2011 9:06 PM

This is a great story for the sport. I would love to see Hopkins raise from the ashes of AMA and BSB to be on the premier grid, whether it be MotoGP or wsbk.

He was always on the edge and entertaining to watch. At 27 he's older and wiser now and will probably put the rockstar ego aside that annoyed a lot of fans. He has no choice but to deliver substance while avoiding the hype. He's one racer I will always think about being dropped in the deep end with no real mentor in his corner... Just too much hype and expectations.

Bottom line - Hopper making a comeback is good for the sport!

Westminister - Unregistered

February 05, 2011 9:48 PM

If there is a bike available @ Suzuki I'd much rather see Sylvain Guintoli on it than Hopkins... He has languished in AMA and will do so in BSB. Guintoli however was 7th in WSBK on a Suzuki. He should place better on a Ducati with Liberty this year.

shamarone - Unregistered

February 05, 2011 10:11 PM

Q: what is it with Denning and his belive so much in Hopkins? surely Hopper is more than a regular rider but why Denning didn't put Spies in that credit of trust?

A: because hopkins is a known quantity to suzuki HQ. more specifically, a quantity willing to sacrifice their ambitions in exchange for a paycheck (rare find that). in contrast, spies came from the mladin/AMA/yosh suzuki effort. in support terms, the U.S. program is/was the "golden goose" of hammamatsu. if spies came, he would've come with expectations. costly expectations of R&D they sure as hell have no intent of fulfilling. suzuki aren't in gp's for the winning. never have been. denning did spies a favor.

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