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Hopkins celebrates best result of the season

Hopkins celebrates best result of the season

Hopkins celebrates best result of the season

John Hopkins scored his best MotoGP finish of the 2004 season so far with an eighth-place result in the Cinzano British Grand Prix at Donington Park on Sunday. It marked the second straight top ten result for Hopkins and it came despite starting from 16th on the grid.

"I got an excellent start," Hopkins said. "I didn't make up a lot of positions early on, but enough that I didn't lose touch of the main pack of riders. Every pass I made was under braking. We picked a great race tyre. Unfortunately, we're still a little under-horsepowered and I was forced to abuse the tyres a bit to be able to make passes.

"I got by Biaggi and he definitely didn't want to give up the position. He made an aggressive move and we made hard contact, but he's done that to me many times before. I made my way up to a group of riders and was able to get by Capirossi, which was hard to do, and Barros.

"Checa was up ahead, but by this time I was starting to get a front-end push. Capirossi and Abe got by me, Abe was flying, but just a few laps from the end he high-sided in front of me again. That cost me some time and Capirossi was gone so eighth was the best I could manage.

"It feels good to be able to make my way through the field and pass some of the guys I did today. My confidence is growing with each round and Suzuki and Bridgestone are making great progress. If I'd had a better qualifying session I'm pretty certain I would have scored a top-five result today. That's my next goal."


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