Hopkins To Miss Donington Due To Broken Foot

Crescent Fixi Suzuki have announced that John Hopkins is to miss the Donington round of World Superbikes, after breaking his foot in a crash at Monza. A replacement rider is due to be announced shortly. Below is the press release from the Crescent Fixi Suzuki team:


HOPKINS TO MISS DONINGTON WSB

Team Suzuki Press Office - May 9.

Crescent FIXI Suzuki's John Hopkins will be forced to miss this weekend's World Superbike race at Donington in England due to the injuries he sustained in a high-speed crash last time out at Monza.

Hopkins high-sided during the first race at Monza on Sunday and suffered a broken bone in his right foot and torn muscles in his left hip. It was originally expected that Hopkins would be fit to ride at Donington, but a further scan revealed the injury to be worse than first thought and he has no choice but to miss the event. It is hoped that Hopkins will make a full recovery in time for the US round of the World Superbike championship on Monday May 28th.

Crescent FIXI Suzuki will make an announcement on a replacement rider in the near future.

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Really again?? man I was really looking forward to John running up front this year, his injuries must be holding him back after putting his bike on pole in his wild card last year. oh well hope he get fixed up right quick.

I mean the man who struggled a lot and could pass finally the addiction which for me is VERY big achievement and something really respectfull and he faces the wall over and over again! Jezz, why? If there is somebody or a magic force who try to tell us something then what it is in that particular Hopper key? Hopkins, Vermeulen, maybe de Puniet? How they cope with this not loosing their heads? It's beyond me.

Either his testicles and will are made of a spacge age alloy stronger than stainless steel, or he's had the sense knocked loose. Either way, i hope he can get well soon and keep it rubber side down for long enough to get his confidence back and start to run up front.

That said, and God i hope it doesnt happen, but, should Hopper now have to lose a piece of foot, doesn't this begin to remind you of The Black Night in Monty Python's Holy Grail?

Just a joke and please don't call me names! I know i'm a wuss that couldn't win a minibike race!

No one wants to see a rider get hurt, but I've got to admit that I've run out of sympathy for John. He's been riding for a long time - you'd think he'd have learned by now.... :(

I've been a huge Hopper fan for years but I have to wonder if he has spent so much time out of the game through injury that he doesn't have the touch any more.

Riding these bikes at top speed requires obvious talent that Hopper has in spades but it also requires tons of practise. Weekend after weekend, year after year. I think that Hopper is too ambitious for his own good, he should have stayed in BSB for another year or two to ride injury free and get some solid experience and probably titles.

One astonishing pole position shouldn't have translated into an automatic upgrade to WSBK. I have to wonder sometimes who the hell is managing Hoppers career?

He was giving 100% last year in BSB, and would have done so again this year, so he would not have been immune from this kind of injury had he stayed in BSB.

Shame (for us brits) he's going to miss Donington, and hopefully he will be able to ride in the US and enjoy home support over there.

HIs history of injuries is pretty well explained by Kenny roberts jr. Hopper has been pushing inferior equipment at 110% for too long. Eventually, you crash.
Suzukis are competitive in AMA, like triumph daytonas. In WSB, the Suzuki is a slug. What did Leo camier qualify at? 21st?

HIs history of injuries is pretty well explained by Kenny roberts jr. Hopper has been pushing inferior equipment at 110% for too long. Eventually, you crash.
Suzukis are competitive in AMA, like triumph daytonas. In WSB, the Suzuki is a slug. What did Leo camier qualify at? 21st?

My brother remembers Hopper racing back at Willow Spring. Real fast kid. Bad run of luck with MotoGP and the manufactures pulling out of racing. Come on John, drink some milk, take calcium tablets, your bones are breaking like an old man's. Just finish the race, I don't care if you come in last, just cross the finish line.

ambassador for the sport. Everyone who, like me, watched Hopper last season riding the crazy race tracks that are a feature of the British Superbike Championship, coming within half a second of becoming champion, seems to agree that he's something special. Fast, technically very skilled, brave as a lion and works his socks off for the team. A thoroughly nice bloke to talk to, good with his sponsors and dedicated to his fans.

I'd agree ianthem. I do think that someone upstairs simply doesn't want Hopper to ride bikes. Poor bloke, if he didn't have bad luck, he'd have no luck. To keep coming back from injury after injury must really take something special.

Hope he's back racing soon.