Former Suzuki and Kawasaki MotoGP star John Hopkins has revealed he came close to riding as a replacement in this weekend's US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

Currently taking a year off to recover from hip surgery, Hopkins wrote on his Twitter page (@JHopper21):

"For the last 36hrs or so it looked as if I might have actually been racing in MotoGP at Laguna Seca this weekend as a replacement rider...

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"Although I haven't ridden a race bike since Magny Cours 2012, I no doubt still would've loved to give it a go & gave it everything I had!

"Unfortunately plans only recently fell through due to a few reasons but it felt great & I was honored to still be considered for the job!!!"

With injured title contenders Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo announcing they will ride this weekend, the main remaining vacancy is at Pramac Ducati, with Andrea Iannone ruled out after dislocating his shoulder in last weekend's German round.

Hopkins, who raced in WSBK during 2012, last visited the MotoGP paddock as a guest of Monster during the French round at Le Mans (pictured).

Hopper, 30, made his grand prix debut on a 500cc Yamaha in 2002 with his most recent MotoGP appearance as a stand-in at Suzuki in 2011. His most successful season was with Suzuki in 2007, when he took four podiums and fourth in the world championship.