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Hopkins forgives Capirossi

Hopkins forgives Capirossi

Hopkins forgives Capirossi

John Hopkins has made a public statement removing any blame from Loris Capirossi for the first-corner pile-up at Motegi last Sunday. Hopkins was the first rider to be hit by Capirossi as he entered the corner in second place, ending the American youngster's hopes of a podium finish after qualifying second on the grid.

It was an ironic twist of fate for Hopkins, who caused a similar incident at the same circuit one year previously but was handed a fine and one-race suspension by the FIM. Despite the fact that similar treatment has not been administered to Capirossi, Hopkins says there are no hard feelings and feels that it was simply a racing accident.

"Of all the people who should understand that Loris was simply trying to do what he could to make a good start at Motegi it's me," Hopkins said. "I may have said some things in the heat of the moment that expressed my anger immediately after the incident, but ultimately I forgive Loris and do not feel he should be sanctioned.

"Every rider on the grid of a MotoGP is by necessity highly qualified to be there. I don't believe anyone out there is trying to intentionally take someone out. We are all too professional for that."

Hopkins is currently in London recovering from the broken ribs and buttock laceration he sustained in the crash but expects to be fit for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar, which kicks off with the first qualifying practice next Thursday.

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