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Hopkins delight at Suzuki performance

Hopkins delight at Suzuki performance

Hopkins delight at Suzuki performance

John Hopkins expressed his delight at the performance of his Suzuki GSV-R after setting provisional pole position for the Camel Grand Prix of Japan. Hopkins, who received new parts direct from the factory for this weekend's action, also singled out tyre manufacturers Bridgestone for praise and cited his love of the track layout as the main reason for his success.

"I like this track, with all its hard braking and we have a really good base set-up now - for the past few races I'm disappointed if I'm not in the top five," said Hopkins, who was penalised with a one-race suspension after taking out three riders in a first corner crash at this race last season.

"Here we have some new engine parts that have given us some more horsepower, and everything is working out great. The power is in the middle of the range, and while it does improve the throttle connection and make the bike easier to ride, the main advantage is just in having more grunt.

"The bike has made a big improvement, and so have the Bridgestone tyres – both the race tyres and the qualifiers. We were struggling with a bit of chatter on the race tyres, but this is normal and we've already made it better. We'll do more if it's dry tomorrow. At the moment, I'm having more fun riding than I've ever had."

MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, John Hopkins

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