Team Suzuki's John Hopkins is said to be fully fit for this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno, despite summer surgery to help heal foot injuries sustained at the German Grand Prix last time out.

Hopkins had a plate inserted into his broken left foot shortly after his race day accident, which itself followed a fast Friday practice fall.

"It's great to be getting back into action again after the mid-season break, although it couldn't have come at a better time for us as it enabled John to make a complete recovery from the injuries he received from his two crashes in Germany," said team manager Paul Denning. "He is now back to full fitness and I'm sure he will be going all out at Brno to get the results that his performances this year have deserved."

Hopper heads to Brno boosted by the knowledge that he set the fastest times in the only two dry free practice sessions at last year's Czech event.

Meanwhile, there will be three GSV-Rs at Brno this weekend following the news that test rider Nobuatsu Aoki will join Hopkins and Kenny Roberts Jr.

"We are looking forward to Suzuki running a three-man team this weekend and I know that Nobu will work hard as always," said Denning. "Race weekend experience and information is generally more relevant than pure testing and we hope that Nobu can show a good pace.

"All three riders will continue with further testing of the GSV-R next week as we make further steps forward with the bike and learn the clear direction needed to take a leap forward in competitiveness in 2006," he revealed.



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