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Hopkins fishing for fitness

Hopkins fishing for fitness

Hopkins fishing for fitness

John Hopkins employed an unorthodox method of proving his fitness for the Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia this weekend, making progress with the broken thumb injury he sustained at Le Mans three weeks ago by going on a fishing trip to celebrate his 21st birthday.

Hopkins was knocked off his Suzuki by Neil Hodgson on the first lap of the Grand Prix Polini de France and feared he could be missing from action at Mugello but hopes to celebrate his coming of age with a return to MotoGP action on Friday.

"I've been enjoying myself in the break – visited a few clubs in London for my 21st birthday and caught a 50-plus pound conger eel on a deep-sea fishing trip," said Hopkins.

"Pulling that in gave my fingers a good workout, but my thumb has been motionless in a cast for two weeks. Now it's out and I'm getting laser treatment to get strength and movement. You need some strength to hang on tight going down that front straight at Mugello."


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