Former MotoGP rider John Hopkins has undergone successful surgery after dislocating his hip during Friday practice for last weekend's Assen round of the World Superbike Championship.
Hopkins, who received the injury during a nasty highside in the opening minutes of his second weekend as a WSBK rider, was rushed to a local hospital in severe pain. His dislocated hip was then put back into place, but the Stiggy Honda rider also required further surgery to fix a fracture in his left femur.
"I have never been in so much pain in my whole life even though I have been in a few crashes!” said Hopper of his accident. “I was thrown into the air and landed on he track with my feet first. After an agonising wait in the hospital, I felt slightly better when my hip was put back into place, but on Saturday morning I just felt like I had been run over by a train. Fortunately, my wife made a surprise visit to see me in Assen and supported me throughout the long flight back home.”
The Anglo-American flew back to the USA, where Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Ting - who has treated Hopkins in the past - successfully conducted the surgery to his left hip on Monday morning.
"John suffered a posterior fracture dislocation of his left hip,” confirmed Dr. Ting. “When he arrived here in Fremont on Sunday, we did a CT scan which showed us the fracture of his femur.
“He was taken into the operating room on Monday morning where his fractures in the hip joint and pelvis were fixed with five solvable screws. John walked out of the hospital on crutches, and will start training again within two weeks. I expect his full recovery to take up to 6 weeks, but with John anything is possible".
Hopkins will miss the forthcoming rounds in Monza and South Africa, but is expected to return in time for his home US round at the Miller Motorsport Park on May 31.
“I will now start my therapy in a couple of days and have set my goal on being ready to race again in the US round,” stated Hopkins. “It is a shame this nasty crash happened, as the bike felt really good straight out of the box on Friday morning, and was looking forward to competing for a top position".
"I'm really pleased with the outcome of John's surgery,” added team manager and former grand prix racer Johan Stigefelt. “I have big confidence in Dr. Ting's knowledge, as I know he is one of the best surgeons for these specific injuries. Dr. Ting has helped me with some of my injuries in the past, so I know for a fact that he is one of the best. I know John is tough and determined to come back to race as soon as possible. He will train hard to make a speedy recovery, and I'm sure he will be joining the team again shortly.”
Hopkins had been due to ride for Kawasaki in MotoGP this season, but switched to WSBK after the factory's Christmas withdraw.
Team-mate Leon Haslam took two podium finishes at Assen and now holds third in the world championship standings.