Just minutes after posting a blistering 1'55.825 lap, just 0.2 seconds off Casey Stoner's pole record at Qatar, John Hopkins crashed out of the test, and into a local hospital. According to Motorcyclenews.com, Hopkins suffered a major highside out of turn 13. He was immediately taken from the track to a local hospital. Although his situation is unclear, his hands had swollen after the crash, and it looks like he may have broken either a wrist, or possibly bones in both hands. He is out for the rest of the test, and is unlikely to be present at the next official IRTA test in Jerez next weekend. Suzuki are hopeful that Hopper will be back for the season opener at Qatar on March 10th.
Testing continues, with the teams starting to test qualifiers. It seems highly likely that Hopkins' fastest time of the day will be beaten by day's end.