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Hopkins happy with his Suzuki

Hopkins happy with his Suzuki

Hopkins happy with his Suzuki

John Hopkins admits he his happy with his Suzuki GSV-R, citing tyre difficulties as the reason for a disappointing thirteenth place on the grid after an encouraging morning session when he lapped consistently in the top positions. The American youngster, who had his best Grand Prix finish at this circuit last season when he took seventh despite riding with a broken footpeg, also accepted a riding mistake on his qualifying lap which saw him drop to the fifth row on the revised grid.

"I have to admit it this afternoon was frustrating after this morning," commented the 20 year old, now in his third season of MotoGP. "We had a couple of little glitches and right now we're undecided about the choice of race tyres, so we're struggling a little there.

"We spent most of the session working on that. I was still in the top ten for most of the session, but with the bike as it is now, I'm not satisfied unless we're in the top seven. I really wanted a good qualifying lap, because with the new grid the position makes that much more difference than last year.

"With a qualifying tyre, I kind of messed up with a minor shifting problem. I'm not where I want to be - I hope it's dry tomorrow for another chance."

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MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, John Hopkins

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