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Honesty the best policy for Hopkins

Honesty the best policy for Hopkins

Honesty the best policy for Hopkins

John Hopkins has revealed his desire to stay with Suzuki for the 2004 MotoGP World Championship, and has expressed his confidence that the Japanese factory can once again produce a race-winning bike. The 20 year old American has endured a difficult season since switching to Suzuki from Yamaha, but believes that a recent factory reshuffle, which has seen Toshiyuki Yamada (who was part of the original design team of the hugely successful Suzuki RG500 of the 70s and 80s) reinstated as project leader, can be the fresh impetus the four-stroke GSV-R needs to push it to the top of the time sheets.

"My thoughts for next season are personally to be on a bike that's really competitive. I see it in Suzuki, I feel they have the capabilities to make everything happen," said Hopkins, who currently lies 17th in the rider standings, six places ahead of his team-mate Kenny Roberts. "I can see the stepping stones to what needs to take place. The new project leader is definitely realistic about things and has told us realistically about the future, which wasn't told to us before by other people. Being honest, that's what's going to take us on the stepping stones to a better future."

To listen to the rest of this exclusive interview, in which Hopkins also discusses his thoughts on the season so far, click on the video link at the right of this page.

MotoGP, 2003, John Hopkins

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