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Hopkins and Abe blame Hodgson

Hopkins and Abe blame Hodgson

Hopkins and Abe blame Hodgson

John Hopkins and Norick Abe have both accused Neil Hodgson of causing the crash which saw all three riders retire from the Grand Prix Polini de France on Sunday. Whilst Hodgson fractured two ribs in the first lap pile-up, Hopkins broke his thumb to cap a miserable weekend which also saw him fined 3,000 euros for stopping on the track to practice his race start alongside Nicky Hayden and Shinya Nakano on Saturday.

I got a good start and it was the first race in a while that I gained positions on the first lap instead of losing them, explained an exasperated Hopkins, who is unsure whether he will be fit for the next round of the season at Mugello in three weeks.

I was right behind Neil Hodgson and Norick Abe going into the left-hander before the last double rights on the outside of them. My plan was to go up the inside into the next corners.

Then Hodgson high-sided and knocked Abe down, and there was nowhere for me to go except right over the two bikes. I did a barrel roll. It sucks. I got a fine in the morning for stopping on the track in practice, and broke my thumb in the afternoon. Now its a waiting game to see if Ill be fit for the next race.

Abe confirmed Hopkins remarks, commenting that he also had no chance of avoiding the stricken British rider. It was definitely Hodgson, said the Japanese rider. He went down in front of me and there was no way round. Im not sure if I touched with Hopkins or whether he ran into the back of me but for sure it was Hodgsons fault.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAND PRIX POLINI DE FRANCE, John Hopkins

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