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: