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Hopkins and Roberts worst injured in first corner pile-up

Hopkins and Roberts worst injured in first corner pile-up

Hopkins and Roberts worst injured in first corner pile-up

John Hopkins and Kenny Roberts picked up the worst injuries of the first corner pile-up at Motegi on Sunday, although incredibly nobody was seriously hurt. Hopkins was the first rider to be hit by Loris Capirossi's wild charge to the front of the pack, the American rider losing second place and suffering two broken ribs and a deep gash to his buttock.

However, his team-mate Roberts came off even worse, suffering a dislocated left elbow and burns to his right side which will definitely rule him out of the next round at Qatar in two weeks' time. Hopkins, meanwhile, should be fit for MotoGP's first trip to the Middle East.

Capirossi was also injured, suffering slight concussion and two bone fractures to his right foot. Max Biaggi, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden, the three other riders involved in the incident, escaped unhurt.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, John Hopkins, Kurtis Roberts

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