Hopkins Out For Rest Of Season

To say that John Hopkins has had a torrid season would be the understatement of the year. First, he lost his ride in the Kawasaki MotoGP team, after the Japanese factory decided to pull out of MotoGP. He was fortunate to find a new seat alongside Leon Haslam in the Stiggy Racing Honda team in World Superbikes, but that only lasted a couple of rounds, before a huge crash at Assen saw him break his hip, forcing him to miss four World Superbike rounds. Once back to reasonable fitness and able to race again, he got involved in a huge first-corner pile up at the Nurburgring, and had another bike ride over him completely.

At first, it seemed that Hopkins had got away with it completely, but that would break a streak of bad luck that has dogged the American all year. Upon further investigation, it turned out that in addition to some minor injuries to his wrist and shoulde, and a further aggravation of the hip injury he suffered earlier this year, Hopkins had also suffered some very slight bruising to the brain. The bruising was sufficient cause for concern for Dr Ting to have a specialist look at it, and there was good news and bad news. The good news is that the bleeding from the hemorrhage has stopped, and the bruise is very small, meaning Hopper won't require surgery.

The bad news, though, is that Hopkins will be kept under observation for the next 6 weeks, after which the American will undergo a further scan to check whether the bruising is still there. That basically means that Hopkins will not be able to ride for all that period, which ends - Hopkins' terrible luck again - right after the final World Superbike round at Portimao in Portugal in October.

So John Hopkins' season is at an end, as he confirmed in an email to the venerable American magazine Roadracing World. According to the Italian magazine MotoSprint, Stiggy Racing will not be looking for a replacement for the rest of the season, but Hopkins' awful luck this year will surely make contract negotations for next year even harder than ever. The American has not really had a chance to show what he can do on a Superbike this season, as every time he gets on one, fate conspires to knock him off of it.

For those wishing to follow Hopkins progress, his wife Ashleigh is posting regular updates over on his personal website. Hopkins has also posted a personal diary entry on Youtube, which you can watch below:

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John Hopkins seems like a decent guy and all, so I don't say this out of meanness, but I think the motorcycling gods seem to be trying to give him gentle hints that he may want a backup career waiting in the wings.

hopper is one of my favorite riders, he is a tryer for sure, but i have to wonder if that 5 mil was worth the deal?

Maybe taking this season off and healing up might have been a better move than riding a second string Honda in WSBK?

There's always AMA for 2010.

But me, I'm superstitious. I blame the soul patch he sports. The Apollo Ohno look went out a long time ago.

He is a true soldier... taking a beating, and to get up there and then does it again. Damn, Mr Hopkins you have bigger balls then I, actually all of us.

That's the problem. Sometimes soldiers need to know when to retreat. It's not surrendering, it's just fighting the battle in a different direction.

Feels to me like he is the American version of JT - only tougher and less successful.
Much smoke, much noise - little to show by way of results.

We traded Hopkins to the Brits a while back. After he bailed on a race after getting punched by the loverly Ashleigh.

He had a very good season in 2007, finishing 4th in MotoGP with Suzuki (after which he left for Kawasaki, only to finish 16th there -- bad, but not his worst result). Other than that, in 7 seasons, albeit never on the best machines, he was no better than 10th.

It's hard to see him ever making it back to MotoGP, but who knows.

His latest accident was nasty. All these injuries and surgeries -- he must be building up a lot of scar tissue etc, and that could cause real problems later in life. Good thing at 26 he's still fairly young and heals quickly.