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Hopkins raring to go for home race

Hopkins raring to go for home race

Hopkins raring to go for home race

Team Suzuki factory rider John Hopkins took advantage of his week off after Assen and went home to Southern California for some much-needed rest and to promote the upcoming Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, July 8-10 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Hopkins and team-mate Kenny Roberts, Jr., will compete as the Red Bull Suzuki team at MotoGP's only series round in North America, its first since 1994.

The Los Angeles-born Anglo-American met with the motorsports writers at the three largest newspapers in Southern California, the top broadcast news outlet in Los Angeles and representatives from two national magazines.

"I think having such a race in America is actually going to open eyes, knock the borders down and let the sport grow in America," said Hopkins. "That's what I'm more interested in. I've dedicated my life to this sport and I always will."

Hopkins began his day on Tuesday meeting with Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, in Oceanside, near his home in Ramona. He then traveled up the freeway to Long Beach and met with the Orange County Register's Damian Dottore and Road Racer X's Chris Jonnum. Hopkins then guided his BMW M3 across the city to meet with legendary motorsports writer Shav Glick (Los Angeles Times) at world-famous Phillippe's The Original French Dip in downtown Los Angeles, near the Times' offices. To end the busy day, Hopkins met with a journalist from Popular Science magazine at Red Bull's offices in Santa Monica, before retiring to his beachfront hotel for the evening.

On Wednesday, Hopkins headed to California Speedway for a news segment with KNBC-TV. He detailed his rise to MotoGP and promoted MotoGP and the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Hopkins then gave sports reporter Mario Solis riding tips as they toured the Speedway's road course and oval on Suzuki GSXR1000 and GSXR600 roadbikes.

Hopkins will retreat to a Southern California resort and spa before heading north to Monterey for next weekend's race.
"My determination and my focus going into Laguna Seca is as high, if not higher, than anybody who's going to that race," said Hopkins. "I consider next weekend pretty much the most important weekend of my life, up to this point. That's the way I look at it."

MotoGP, 2005, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, John Hopkins

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