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BSB: Hopkins to miss start of 2018 season

Published: 10 January 2018

Updated: 10 January 2018

John Hopkins will miss the start of the 2018 British Superbike season as he continues to recover from the injuries he sustained in the final round of last year at Brands Hatch.

The former MotoGP ace suffered a high-speed off at paddock hill bend during qualifying back in October, breaking both his knees in the incident.

However, despite making good progress since the crash to be back up on his feet he has now announced he’s run into complications with his right knee and may need more operations, forcing him to miss the start of the 2018 season.

“Although I’m finally up and have been starting to weigh bear, I’ve sadly run into complications with my right knee with soft tissue damage and excess scar tissue in the joint,” Hopkins revealed.

“I still may need more operations but regardless, sadly I still have a long road to full recovery which will force me to miss the start of the 2018 season.

“I’m 100% motivated and doing everything possible to ensure full recovery. Thank you to friends, family and sponsors for their continued support.”

Hopkins’ MotoRapido Ducati team are yet to confirm their plans for the 2018 season, but MCN understands they are likely to be on the grid come round one at Donington Park in April.

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