Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins has elected not to have surgery on his injured right hand. He damaged the ligament between the lunar and scaphoid bones in a huge highside during pre-season testing at Qatar in February, and has been riding injured every since. He revealed that he had spoken to doctors about having surgery to fix the tear, but decided against the procedure, which would have required a 6 week layoff from racing. This would have meant that Hopper would have missed at least the Turkey and Shanghai rounds, but the Anglo-American felt that the races were just too important to miss: "Every race is so important that I can't afford to miss any."
Hopkins returns to action next Friday at the Istanbul circuit in Turkey, for the Turkish MotoGP round.