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Hopkins focussed on MotoGP return

"I have a whole new approach to racing and my career. I am more mentally tough and more driven than I've ever been. If you want to be the best, then you have to race the best, and I still believe the best are in MotoGP."

The obvious MotoGP choice would be a return to Rizla Suzuki, but the factory's Japanese bosses are yet to confirm their 2012 plans and Hopkins - also linked to LCR Honda - warned that he can't wait forever.

"I'd like to continue the relationship with Suzuki, but everything is still a bit unknown with their MotoGP plans," he said. "Paul has said that everything [at Suzuki] is still on hold and I'm not going to let anything slip through my fingers by having to wait too long.

"This entire year for me has been about trying to lock-up the British Superbike Championship, so I'm not concentrating on anything else until I finish that. Then, on Sunday night, I'll start trying to make a decision."

Should a 2012 MotoGP ride prove impossible, Hopkins has 'plenty' of World Superbike options.

"At the end of the day, I want to progress." he said. "Even if we don't get back to MotoGP next year, there are plenty of competitive options on the table in World Superbike.

"So regardless, I'll be world championship racing next year. That I can say is certain."

Also for certain is that Hopkins will be back in MotoGP, for a third 2011 appearance with Rizla Suzuki, during the Malaysian Grand Prix from October 21-23.

The #21 finished tenth as a replacement for the injured Alvaro Bautista at this year's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, before being forced to withdraw from a wild-card ride at Brno due to a hand injury in practice.

Should Hopkins seal a 2012 MotoGP ride, he would be the only rider other than seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi to have raced in 500cc.

MotoGP is moving to 1000cc engines for 2012.

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dangerboy45 - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 10:03 AM

Im not usually the sentimental type but what Johns done in beating his addiction,getting his fitness to a whole new level and knuckling down with hard graft is phenomenal. Even if he doesnt win the championship (which Im sure he will), he's an inspiration... its not often someone gets a second chance in this game and he's grabbed the opportunity with both hands



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