MotoGP Silverstone: John Hopkins to host special book signing session

Ahead of the launch of his new book ‘Leathered’ John Hopkins will be hosting a meet & greet and book signing session in the Silverstone area ahead of the British MotoGP.

The American will be at The Fox & Hounds in Whittlebury at 5pm on Friday evening (August 27), with fans able to catch an exclusive first look at the tell-all memoir. Visitors will also be able to purchase Hopkins’ book on site.

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Hopkins race in MotoGP, BSB and WSB, securing four podiums in the 2007 MotoGP season. Riding for Suzuki, Hopkins finished on the podium in Shanghai, as well as Brno, Misano and Valencia. He also recorded a single pole position during his time in MotoGP, at 2006 Dutch TT.

His time in BSB will be remembered for the unbelievable title fight between himself and Tommy Hill in 2011. The championship went down to the final lap of the final race, with the duo fighting tooth and nail. In a race to the line, Hopkins would lose the title by just 0.006s.

The official synopsis of ‘Leathered: A life taken to extremes… on and off the bike’ (from Octopus Books) reads:

“Injury. Adrenaline. Addiction. These are the things that fuelled one man’s race to international stardom as he pushed boundaries and took life on and off the bike to the limits.

“Starting out as a talented youth riding the desert tracks of California, his reckless nature and incredible talent earned him a position in the rarefied world of professional motorcycle racing. Despite the success in his professional life, his personal life was crumbling around him – John was battling with depression and temptation, which began to threaten his career, health and marriage, ultimately bringing him to a life of alcoholism, addiction and even smuggling.


“In his remarkable memoir, one of the world’s most renowned riders takes us on a raw and unique journey to the extremes of fast living.

“John ‘Hopper’ Hopkins is an icon for motorsport fans worldwide. He won’t let anything hold him back. He has broken almost every bone in his body (twice), suffered a bleed on the brain, and had a finger amputated… yet he continued to race. Finally, at the age of 35 – with his latest crash at Brands Hatch in 2017 putting him in rehab for two years – he decided to hang up his helmet.

Leathered tells the incredible story of an unparalleled career. From bone-crunching injuries and alcohol-fuelled antics to the breakdown of his marriage, it unveils the true stories behind the lurid headlines.”

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