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Hopkins gets set for Brno return.

John Hopkins jumps back in the saddle this weekend for the Czech round of MotoGP at Brno as he embarks on his first race since the British Grand Prix at Donington Park back in June.

Replaced by Jamie Hacking for the last round at Laguna Seca, Hopkins's comeback trail also coincides with his return to the scene of his finest result in MotoGP when he finished second for Suzuki last season.

Now almost fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered in a crash during practice for the Dutch TT at Assen, while Hopkins has not straddled his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR since, he is confident it won't cause him too many problems at Brno.

"I'm feeling pretty good now, and I'm anxious to get back on track. I've now got full movement back in the injured knee and it's been fine during my training regime up to now. I don't think it's going to cause me any problems on the bike, but it's been almost seven weeks since I've thrown a leg over the Ninja ZX-RR, so I won't know for sure until we start free practice on Friday.

“Brno is a track I like a lot, and I believe it's the MotoGP track I've ridden most frequently in my career, which means I know the place like the back of my hand. Also, our Bridgestone tyres work well at this track, and this combined with the new parts that Kawasaki are bringing to the Czech Grand Prix means we've got some positive things to work with.

“Even though the rehab at home with family and friends has been enjoyable, I am really looking forward to seeing the team, getting back on the bike and finding again the total mental focus necessary for the best possible result this weekend."

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monster21 - Unregistered

August 13, 2008 5:06 AM

Go Hopper!!!!! He's the toughest out there. He raced from the beginning of this year with a broken hip, then a broken back then was sidelined for a couple races. Began last year's series with a broken wrist and has raced with countless injuries in previous years and has never given up. Some people just don't have a clue what's going on. :-o Thanks John, you're a warrior.

boolbool - Unregistered

August 11, 2008 10:50 PM

in his biography i saw he was a rising star in the U.S super-stock champ 2000 formula extreme champ 2001(what the hell is that) but then he came to the real world he was 17-10 till last year. last year was the best year he had buy a light-year and the he decides to leave and go to the weakest manufacture for more money??? part of a successful career is being in the right place at the right time(Stoner) but he went to the worst place and for the silliest reason. i really wish him all the best but i think he is on his last ride in MotoGP.

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