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Hopkins doubtful after practice crash

Hopkins doubtful after practice crash

Hopkins doubtful after practice crash

Suzuki's John Hopkins suffered a heavy crash in the second free practice session at Sachsenring – on what looked like being his fastest lap of the day – which cut short his involvement and left him 12th overall.

Hopkins managed to get back to the pit-box but was unable to continue riding. He has gone straight to the medical centre and was diagnosed with a fracture of the 5th metatarsal on the left foot and contusion of the right hand and the chest. He will have to undergo a medical check tomorrow morning before the third free practice session.

John Hopkins' Crew Chief Stuart Shenton said: "We worked very hard this afternoon trying to find a race tyre. We were on the third tyre of the day when unfortunately John went down quite hard going down the hill. We hope he is going to be alright!"

"The biggest concern for tomorrow is John's condition," added team manager Paul Denning. "He suffered a fourth gear high-side towards the end of FP2. He seemed fairly unfazed by it, but chipped teeth and potential injuries to hand, foot and ribs are of course a concern. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that he is fit enough to race and race hard. I believe that if it's physically possible to ride the bike, John will be on it tomorrow."

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MotoGP, 2005, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, FP2, John Hopkins

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