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John Hopkins signs for Suzuki

John Hopkins signs for Suzuki

John Hopkins signs for Suzuki

John Hopkins will join the factory Suzuki Grand Prix team in 2003. Hopkins completed his rookie season at Valencia, where the deal was brokered, and is due to test the latest version of Suzuki´s 990cc GSV-R machine in Malaysia this week. The 19 year old American will be team-mate to former 500cc World Champion and fellow-Californian Kenny Roberts Jr. to make an all-American rider line-up for the factory Suzuki team.

`I am really pleased to have a full factory contract in only my second year of GP racing,´ said Hopkins, who first raced motocross at the age of five, but has only been full-time road-racing for four years. `It has been my dream to be a full factory rider - and it all seems to have happened so fast. I want to thank Suzuki for their faith in me. I´ve had a lot of success with Suzuki in the past, and I know this team gives me the potential to get to the top´. $$$ Team manager Garry Taylor echoed his optimism. `We see in John a rider with a very bright future. His first rookie year was very impressive, and there is clearly more to come. Suzuki has a history of looking for young riders like John - we picked up both Barry Sheene and Kevin Schwantz at early stages of their careers, and both went on to win many races and three World Championships with the factory Suzuki team. John gives off much the same sort of energy as the young Kevin - obviously very talented, but also very determined to reach the top´.

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