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Q&A: John Hopkins - your questions answered!

Crash.net recently offered its viewers the opportunity to ask MotoGP star John Hopkins a question - on any subject - and, on the eve the British Grand Prix at Donington Park, Hopper took time out from his busy schedule to answer your questions.

The Anglo-American has built-up something of a 'fan friendly' reputation within the sport - and didn't disappoint when it came to speaking his mind for your Q&A.

So, if you want to know John's opinion of Valentino Rossi, Kenny Roberts Jr and Nicky Hayden, why he thinks Biaggi's behaviour is cowardly, why he stayed with Suzuki for 2005 and his thoughts on 2006, why he believes Mat Mladin - although a 'dick' - is the best rider not in MotoGP, who he hangs out with, when he gets to party, the electronics - or lack of them - on the GSV-R, what he thinks is the real reason behind the 800cc engine rule and much more... read on!

To avoid duplication, where similar questions were sent in for John, all the names were included under one heading. Crash.net would like to thank all those who participated in this Q&A. Enjoy...


Q: Are you in awe of Rossi, like everyone else seems to be, or are you chomping at the bit to have a better bike so you can challenge him? Do you think you could beat Valentino on a Honda or Yamaha?
- MRB
- Melanie Cowper


John Hopkins: Basically I think that at the moment everyone is in awe of Rossi. The things he's doing are quite amazing. He does have good machinery, but on top of that he is the best rider in the world at the moment.

It's hard to say if I could beat him on a better bike. At the moment I don't have a bike to challenge him - the Suzuki is getting better every weekend and we're looking forward to having a bike so that we can challenge him. He's not unbeatable he's just the most consistent.

I'm looking forward to getting a better bike - and building a better bike with Suzuki -so I can go out and beat him.

Q: Hi John, back in the 1980s a system seemed to come about in the U.S. that produced a string of great international road racing champions - flat track to the F1/750 two-strokes, and ultimately on to 500 GPs on the world scene.

Nowadays US riders are coming to MotoGP from big four-stroke series like Formula Xtreme and Superbike, while a lot of European riders have come up through the smaller displacement GP ranks.



Related Pictures

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Hopkins, Barcelona IRTA MotoGP Test March 2005
Biaggi and Hopkins, Spanish MotoGP, 2005
Hopkins, Tamada, Edwards et al, Italian MotoGP Race, 2005
Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki GSX-RR
Suzuki GSX-RR
Kevin Schwantz visits Suzuki HQ
Randy de Puniet tests for Suzuki at Phillip Island (Suzuki)
Eugene Laverty - Suzuki [pic credit: John Laverty Twitter]
Eugene Laverty - Suzuki [pic credit: John Laverty Twitter]
De Puniet, French MotoGP 2014
De Puinet, Suzuki MotoGP test, Circuit of the Americas, 2014.
Schwantz, Yoshimura Suzuki, Suzuki MotoGP test, Circuit of the Americas, 2014.
De Puinet, Suzuki MotoGP test, Circuit of the Americas, 2014.
Brivio, Schwantz, De Puniet, Aoki, Suzuki MotoGP test, Circuit of the Americas, 2014.

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