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Hopkins ready for podium charge

Hopkins ready for podium charge

Hopkins ready for podium charge

John Hopkins sounded a MotoGP battle cry on Saturday evening, warning the front men on tomorrow's grid for the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky that he'll be "coming through fast". The American youngster was the fastest rider in the only dry session so far this weekend, lapping just outside pole record time in the second free practice, as well as topping the time sheets in a damp morning session yesterday.

However, his Suzuki lost time when the rain started to fall in the afternoon, with the Bridgestone tyres proving to be not as effective as they had been in the dry. It means Hopkins will start the race from 21st position on the grid, but with the weather forecasts predicting sunshine for Sunday he is confident of a debut podium.

"I was the fastest guy in both morning sessions so it's obvious the Suzuki is running well and the Bridgestone dry tyres are good," commented Hopkins.

"Unfortunately all the Bridgestone runners are at the back of the pack in the wet. They've done a great job improving their dry tyres, but they need to step it up with the wets.

"I pushed pretty hard and was sliding everywhere and still dropped positions. It was tough to take after we'd been so fast on the dry track. Having to start 21st is disappointing, of course, but the riders ahead of me should know I'll be coming through fast!

"Brno is one of my favorite circuits and I expected to do well here. Suzuki has given me a great bike and Bridgestone is proving how good its tyres are in the dry. Now they just need to come up with a better rain tyre and we'll have everything we need to find the consistency we're after.

"Like I said, my goal was a podium here and I still am going to do everything I can to make that happen on Sunday. It's going to be tough, but I going to give it my best shot."

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MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, John Hopkins

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