Suzuki’s Hopkins Undergoes Surgery in US


Hopkins MotoGP Crash Update

While practicing in Brno last week for what would be his second Wildcard entry in MotoGP, John “Hopper” Hopkins crashed the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R.

During the MotoGP crash, Hopkins fractured his third finger and dislocated two others on his throttle hand. Over the past week, Hopkins had surgery on the third finger in America, and doctors say this dislocated fingers required no special treatment, and ill heal in a “normal way.

The Samsung Crescent Suzuki British Superbike rider is recovering well, and hopes to compete at Caldwell park Aug. 27-29, Round 9 of 12 in the the 2011 BSB Championship. Currently, Hopkins is in second place in the British Superbike Championship, trailing HM Plant Honda’s Shane Byrne by 24 points.

Jack Valentine (Samsung Crescent Suzuki Team Manager) says: “John flew home to the States immediately after the accident and his surgeon assessed the damage then operated on the third finger.

“John is now relaxing at home and on the recommendation of his surgeon is undertaking all the usual rehabilitation treatments like hyperbaric chamber sessions. The aim is for John to come back 100-percent fit; his goal and that of Samsung Crescent Racing is still to win the 2011 BSB Championship.

“Early next week we should be in a better position to report on how the injury is progressing, but for now we understand all is going to plan and we can look forward to seeing ‘Hopper’ back on the grid soon.”