Toby Moody over on Autosport.com has revealed that John Hopkins is currently in talks with Kawasaki for the 2008 season. The American, currently with Suzuki, has, like many other riders, been impressed with the progress of the Kawasaki since the beginning of the season. The linkup also makes promotional sense, as Hopkins' personal sponsor, Monster Energy, currently supports the factory Kawasaki effort in the AMA, and the brand's logo is green, making for a very nice tie in with Kawasaki's corporate colors. Talks between Kawasaki and Hopkins' management are expected to take place at Mugello, although an announcement is unlikely to be made much before the end of the season.
Other riders are also said to be interested, the name being mentioned most frequently being that of Loris Capirossi, who has struggled to get to grips with the Ducati GP7 so far. Although the 2008 season is still a long way off, the silly season is already in full swing.