MotoGP » Hopkins: I'm under no illusions

MotoGP returnee John 'Hopper' Hopkins admits he will in all probability be up against it as he replaces the injured Álvaro Bautista at Rizla Suzuki for Jerez - but he assures he'll be giving it his best shot

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good luck - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 6:55 PM

A hard braking guy like Hopkins might just be able to get some heat into the front spec tire and be able to use it. I'm actually interested in seeing what he can do and hearing his feedback, hopefully unmuffled by the corporation, on the bike compared to previous versions. As it stands now it seems pretty bad. There are a lot of rides coming open next year and maybe this is his shot.

hope not but... - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 7:29 PM

If he gives it his best and tries really hard I feel this bike will wound him as well. Unfortunately rides like this and the Kawasaki and some Ducatis force middle of the roaders to push too hard to impress on dodgy machinery.
Good luck, fingers crossed.

what? - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 7:31 PM


I don't understand your "hugely overrated American" comment. Who are you talking about.

Hayden - 2006 MotoGP champion
Spies - World Superbike champion in his rookie year
Edwards - 2-time World Superbike champion
Roberts Jr. - 2000 MotoGP champion

And those are just the Americans in recent history. What about Schwantz, Rainey, Lawson, Spencer and Roberts Senior?

You will probably say that Hayden's championship doesn't count since Rossi had a couple mechanical DNF's that year, but what about Pedrosa (on the same bike as Hayden), Stoner and the rest?

Personally, I don't think any of the riders in MotoGP are overrated. How can you say that?

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