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John Hopkins clocking up the laps in his debut season

John Hopkins clocking up the laps in his debut season

John Hopkins clocking up the laps in his debut season

John Hopkins has for many people been the revelation of the 2002 season in the MotoGP category. The American rookie has proven to be a consistent performer both in qualifying and the races, demonstrated by his top ten status in the current rider standings. Hopkins has scored points in nine out of the ten races he has contested so far and has finished in the top ten on four occasions.

The Red Bull Yamaha WCM youngster´s best finish was at Assen, where he took seventh place after having tested there just a few weeks previously. Hopkins is clearly working hard on learning all the circuits on the MotoGP calendar and has covered more laps than any other rider so far this season in order to do so.

So far the determined teenager, riding under the guidance of Peter Clifford, has clocked up an incredible 4,822 kilometres during practice alone, whilst Norick Abe is the closest other rider to this figure on 4,684 – ahead of Shinya Nakano with 4,545. Meanwhile, many of the four stroke riders, including Valentino Rossi, Tohru Ukawa and Carlos Checa, have not even completed 4,100.

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