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Hopkins signs new two-year deal with Suzuki

Hopkins signs new two-year deal with Suzuki

Hopkins signs new two-year deal with Suzuki

Suzuki and John Hopkins have agreed to enter into a new two-year contract, which will see MotoGP's youngest rider racing the Suzuki GSV-R in the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

The Anglo-American star has been with Suzuki since 2003 and his hard-riding style has been instrumental in the advancements made to Suzuki's prototype race bike during that time.

At 22-years of age, Hopkins is one of the brightest stars and most promising racers in the MotoGP field. Suzuki believe Hopkins has the potential to be a future World Champion and are delighted to have secured his services for a further two years – in the face of strong opposition from other manufacturers.

Hopkins confirmed the continued partnership shortly after last weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno. No announcement has been made yet as to who will partner him on the Suzuki next term.

"It's really great to get the deal all done and sorted out and to be able to concentrate on the rest of the year," commented Hopkins. "To keep the same crew members plays a big, big part in my decision to stay with Suzuki. I've worked with them now for three years and that has been pretty special, I've got a really good relationship with them.

"To stay with Suzuki is definitely an honour. I've been here a while now, basically I've been with the GSV-R from day one – day in and day out. I'd like to say that I have put the majority of my input into developing the bike that I am riding today. I have every reason to believe that Suzuki is going to get it right and we are going to run at the front. The pride in riding a bike that I've helped to develop and been able to ride at the front gives you so much more satisfaction than going to another bike that may already have been developed by somebody else."

"I look forward to my future here at Suzuki and definitely plan on putting in my best seasons so far for them over the next two years."

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MotoGP, 2005, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, John Hopkins

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