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Hopkins eager to resume testing

Hopkins eager to resume testing

Hopkins eager to resume testing

American John Hopkins is excited to resume testing at Catalunya for the first official pre-season session with the renewed Suzuki team, now managed by Paul Denning.

"Testing has gone really well so far. Right now with the new team manager and the whole new team structure, we are very much stronger than what we were the previous two years," he explained. "Our level is a lot higher and the Bridgestone tyres are working really well. I can't wait to get the weekend started because we are stronger than ever and we are going to be very competitive this year."

Now in his third year with Team Suzuki, Hopkins thinks 2005 could be his best campaign with the Japanese manufacturer. The fact that Paul Denning took the helm of the MotoGP team after winning the 2004 BSB title with Rizla Suzuki weighed in his decision to stay with the team.

"It was definitely a reason to stay here. He has such a strong team in England, with the British Superbikes and he's bringing all that experience. It has been a real boost for the whole team and I think that it is going to be a really good season."

Last year, Hopkins sustained fractures to both ankles in a motocross accident and had a very limited spell of pre-season activity. This year, he is fully fit, having undergone surgery during the winter to have screws and rods removed from his legs.
"I had a big operation – femur and both ankles - with all the metal taken out and now I can actually run and train hard, I've been riding motocross and not injuring myself… touch wood! I feel really good and ready for this season."

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