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Matthew Birt  says:

John Hopkins to make shock Suzuki MotoGP return

John Hopkins will make a shock return to MotoGP action with Suzuki, MCN can reveal.The American will test a factory GSV-R at next month's Qatar test at the Losail International Circuit having been chosen as injury cover for Spaniard Alvaor Bautista in 2011.The opportunity has arisen after Hopkins signed a deal to ride for the Crescent Suzuki squad in BSB...

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  • Posted 4 years ago (08 February 2011 14:49)

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Jan 11

Posts: 154

vds45 says:


Hopking is a cock and Suzuki must bee mad

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Apr 09

Posts: 139

jonmx says:


Shirley that carnt bee write.

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Sep 10

Posts: 2

P1PRX says:

what will crescent do if Hopper is called away for Moto GP duty?

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Apr 06

Posts: 1217

CosherB says:

let's not get carried away by this story - a test ride before any competitive racing begins and injury cover for Bautista.  hardly a "shock return" that the headline suggests.  and if Hopper is called over to the MotoGP team as cover, the BSB squad will have to find a replacement, clear and simple.

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Dec 10

Posts: 474

eddl says:


Have to admit im a hopper fan thought he's had a rough time of late, and could- should still have been runnnig top 10 in motogp

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Jan 09

Posts: 960

RawDawg says:

much ado about nothing now

He's just a test rider at this point. Suzuki has nothing to lose. They are a 1 rider team and if Bautista tosses it up the road and gets hurt they don't want to be caught with their pants down and not have a stand in rider ready.

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Dec 08

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boybilly1967 says:

Could go in his favour IF they go back to 2 bikes in 2012.

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Jan 04

Posts: 118

nigel041 says:

Nice one

Glad to hear that Hopper is making a return albeit as just a stand in/test rider. Loved it when he smacked Lorenzo round the head whilst in practice at one of the rounds coz Lorenzo had an on track go at him for getting in the way something. Another character with a bit of a 'badboy' reputation must be a positive amongst a grid with a certain percentage of media friendly goody goodys

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Jul 08

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jamieg999 says:

Cut the sensationalist crap with the headlines

As stated below it's just a test with a view to using him as back up for Bautista if it all goes well. If Bautista injured himself and Hopkins was available then maybe he could return but it wouldn't be a shock because you've already told us. And of course it would all depend on a: whether Hopkins impresses enough on this test to be an option b: no clash of meetings between BSB and MotoGP c: Hopkins not being injured d: Hopkins not being in a commanding position in the BSB championship e: all the other options I haven't thought of. The end.

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Dec 10

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eddl says:

you got a stutter problem there jamie ;)

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