John Hopkins reckons the crushing disappointment of missing the Czech Republic MotoGP race last weekend through injury has only reinforced his determination to capture the BSB title for the Samsung Crescent Suzuki squad.
The American was forced to miss his Suzuki wild card chance in Brno after he broke three fingers on his right hand during a practice crash.
Hopkins flew home to California earlier this week for an operation on a split fracture of the knuckle on his right ring finger.
But he has vowed to make amends for missing Brno by going onto capture the BSB crown later this season.
He told MCN: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t even more determined to go out with extra motivation now to win the championship just to make up for being an idiot in Brno. The best way I can repay Suzuki from this stage forward is to bring them the championship.”
Hopkins added that one of his biggest frustrations in Brno was the hand injury prevented him from demonstrating the competitveness of Suzuki’s factory GSV-R machine.
He said: “More than anything, I wanted to prove that Suzuki has an amazing bike. I strongly believe Suzuki has a really good package and it would be a huge waste if they weren't to carry on in MotoGP. The bike they have right now is really good and I just wanted to get a result they deserved."
Suzuki has still not confirmed its MotoGP plans for 2012. The most likely scenario is that the Japanese factory will remain, but it will start the new 1000cc class by continuing to race its current 800cc machine.