WSBK » John Hopkins anticipating 29th surgery

The American was due to ride for Crescent Fixi Suzuki in Australia but will now focus on the second WSBK round at Imola.

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February 16, 2012 1:57 PM

I think it is always a problem initially, riding a new bike in a new team. A rider wants to show how good he is, how fast he can go, but in the process, he isn't sure how far he can push himself and the bike until he goes beyond the limit and crashes! Lessons are learned the hard way and unfortunately the results are not good. John, it seems, just pushes himself that bit too far. Funny though, last year we saw a lot of broken collar bones, this year seems to be the hands and fingers that are suffering so far!!

luck from ireland - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 4:07 PM

hoppers bound to be well peeshed off with this,just to let him know fans from california to ireland are wishing him to get better and mix it up in wsbk,chin up and get stuck back in there,we cant wait,get well soon

Missingthe500s - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 4:30 PM

John has the potential to WIN the Championship. But he MUST stop falling off.
Learn to take the points when someone is faster or has a better setup.
I realize it was a test and he has to push, but he AND THE TEAM have to realize you can't win it all if you give away points.
Go Hopper.........

JOHN - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 5:23 PM

That must be more operations than Evel Knievel.

I am getting concerned now for 'Hopper' but am wishing him well and who knows but we may see podiums if not race wins later on in the year.

JC - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 5:51 PM

It amazes me how many people don't know what the hell they are talking about. Hopper was NOT on the new bike but the 2011 spec bike from last season. A bike he knows very well from his almost crash free BSB campaign last season (his amputated finger injury was caused in the crash @ BRNO). Pay attention fer crissakes. No rider ever wants to crash either but they all do it, some more than others but Hopper is no crasher.

jimmy - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 7:19 PM

So it's one potential championship contender less. ALMOST impossible to fight for the title with a handicap of two lost races. Moreover, I am afriad, Hopper will be pushing even harder trying to minimize his disadvantage and he'll risk another injury - and this could be the career ender.

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