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Hopkins rues ‘Groundhog Day'

Hopkins rues ‘Groundhog Day'

Hopkins rues ‘Groundhog Day'

John Hopkins was left cursing his luck after another positive weekend ended in misfortune for the Team Suzuki rider. Hopkins had been in line for pole position on Saturday afternoon when a brief rain shower spoiled his fast lap at the end of the session. Then his hopes of a top five finish in the race were ended on the second lap when his motor died.

"I feel like I'm in the movie ‘Groundhog Day'," Hopkins lamented. "It seems like every time I'm on the verge of something good happening bad things just keep cropping up over and over again, race after race.

"This morning we had the set-up right and I felt good. I went back and relaxed in the hotel pool and I came back with a clear head, ready to race. I got a decent start but with the long straightaways here I was passed by the two Ducatis. I got back past them though with no problems… I had to do a bit of weaving on the back and front straights to keep them off my tail.

"Then all of a sudden the bike just quit. It's unfortunate, especially considering the excellent race set-up we'd found, but that's how it goes in racing sometimes. I was feeling better than I had all weekend and I'm sure I could have got a good result today.

"I'm disappointed, but at the same time I've got to stay motivated. We've got two races left to do something positive and I'm looking forward to Phillip Island next weekend. If the bike stays together I know we've got a good finish in store for us."

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MotoGP, 2004, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, John Hopkins

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