Ad closing in seconds....

MotoGP: John Hopkins praises Kawasaki ahead of 100th race

Published: 30 April 2008

Updated: 24 November 2014

John Hopkins has praised his factory Kawasaki team as he prepares to make his 100th MotoGP appearance in Shanghai this weekend.

Hopkins, who scored his career first rostrum finish in China last season while riding for the Rizla Suzuki team, believes Kawasaki has the ability to develop quicker than his former team.

Hopkins scored his best Kawasaki result with fifth place on the ZX-RR in the last race in Estoril, and he told MCN: “I knew from the start that Kawasaki were determined.

“One thing I noticed with Suzuki was they went in levels. They hit a performance peak and once they hit a performance peak then it was hard for them to surpass that.

“They couldn’t make gradual steps every time. We never really improved our situation last year.

“They came out with a good 800 and could run at the front but we never really improved. The motor never changed but Bridgestone got better.

“That was one thing that I noticed a lot about my time there. Kawasaki opened my eyes and they have a lot of support from Japan right now and seem to move forward quicker.

Bauer Media

Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085, Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141
Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing,
Company Number: LP003328 Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT.
All registered in England and Wales. VAT no 918 5617 01
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd are authorised and regulated by the FCA(Ref No. 710067)