John Hopkins has set his sights on getting back into World Superbike competition for the forthcoming round at Misano having been forced to withdraw from his home event at Miller Motorsports Park.
The American was present to support Stiggy Honda's Leon Haslam and his substitute Jake Zemke at the Utah venue, but remains on the road to recovery following his accident at Assen just over a month ago.
Indeed, having been bed ridden for two weeks following surgery on his dislocated hip and fractured femur, Hopkins also required the use of crutches to walk at one stage too, but insists he will be back in gym this week with a view to getting back into competition for Misano on 20/21st June.
"The aim right now is to get back in shape before the next race in Misano. I have been bed-ridden for two weeks straight, which was an absolute horror for me. Right now I am just obeying my doctor's orders and take things step by step. I'm back on my feet walking again without sticks and I am going into the gym again this week. I need to rebuild the strength in my muscles and improve my fitness again."
Having completed just one race weekend with the team so far this season, Hopkins is desperate to get back on the bike and join team-mate Haslam in battling it out at the front of the field.
"I have only been able to spend a minimum amount of time on-track aboard my new bike. The team has a total of five days of testing scheduled in July and I just can't wait to finally spend some quality time on the track and get a good feeling with the handling of the bike and the tyres.
“Right now I am a hundred percent focused on getting back to competitive form on the Stiggy Racing bike and show the team what I am capable of. The team and my crew have been very supportive to me in the weeks following my accident, and I can't wait to give some positive results back to them.”
So far, Hopkins has missed the Italian, South African and American rounds of the series. Zemke deputised for him at Monza and Miller Motorsports Park, scoring a single point in the four races he participated in.