John Hopkins fighting fit for Brno

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John Hopkins will end a frustrating spell on the sidelines when he returns to action in this weekend’s Czech Republic GP.

Hopkins has missed the last three races in Assen, Sachsenring and Laguna Seca after he suffered multiple left leg injuries in a high-speed qualifying crash in Holland in late June.

The American has been slowly working his way back to full fitness and is raring to get back on board his ZX-RR in Brno this weekend.

“I’m feeling pretty good now, and I’m anxious to get back on track, “said the former Suzuki rider. 

“I’ve now got full movement back in the injured knee and it’s been fine during my training regime up to now.

“I don’t think it’s going to cause me any problems on the bike, but it’s been almost seven weeks since I’ve thrown a leg over the Ninja ZX-RR, so I won’t know for sure until we start free practice on Friday.

“Brno is a track I like a lot, and I believe it’s the MotoGP track I’ve ridden most frequently in my career, which means I know the place like the back of my hand.

“Also, our Bridgestone tyres work well at this track, and this combined with the new parts that Kawasaki are bringing to the Czech Grand Prix means we’ve got some positive things to work with.

“Even though the rehab at home with family and friends has been enjoyable, I am really looking forward to seeing the team, getting back on the bike and finding again the total mental focus necessary for the best possible result this weekend.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt