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Hopkins and Roberts reflect on German GP

Hopkins and Roberts reflect on German GP

Hopkins and Roberts reflect on German GP

Kenny Roberts Jr raced his Suzuki GSV-R to 11th place in the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, after the race had to be re-started following a terrifying high-side crash for team-mate John Hopkins.

Roberts Jr and Hopkins began the initial race well and were sitting in 10th and 12th places respectively. Hopkins then lost control of his GSV-R and was catapulted out of the seat and landed heavily on the circuit. The race was stopped as both the rider and machine were removed from the track. Unfortunately, Friday pm's injuries were compounded and more significantly the fracture to his left foot became a full dislocation of the broken bone.

"Well, I'm battered and bruised. I had one of the worst high-sides I've ever had on Friday and then came close to topping that one off this afternoon," said Hopkins.

"It was my fault really. I've been taking a few painkillers that I've been getting from Dr Costa. I just tried to do the best I could and stick with the lead group, but unfortunately my foot was bandaged up and I just lost feeling in it. That was really dangerous because you are on the edge of the tyre so much here. With a broken foot, I just couldn't feel it on the shifter and I tried to keep my foot clear but accidentally hit the lever on that corner, the bike shifted to second and then I was flying."

"Looks like I won't be doing too much moto-crossing at home now. I was also planning to do some promotional events with Red Bull and Crescent during the break, but I need to be at home and recover for Brno. I went well there last year and I'm desperate to get a good result"

The race was re-started with all riders in the position they had finished the original race. Roberts Jr began the 25-lap race – reduced from 30 – in 11th place and managed to move up to 10th on lap five. He battled hard with Makoto Tamada before finally finishing just outside the top-10.

"Today was about where I expected to finish in the dry," said Roberts. "Basically that's where we seem to be bike-wise right now. We still need help to get something a little bit more competitive inside the chassis. For me that's just the way it is at the moment."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, John Hopkins

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