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Hopkins sole Suzuki man for Turkish test

Hopkins sole Suzuki man for Turkish test

Hopkins sole Suzuki man for Turkish test

This week in Turkey, John Hopkins will be the sole rider for Team Suzuki MotoGP as his team-mate Kenny Roberts suffered a broken left wrist in Australia.

Hopkins will take to the track on Friday morning for the first practice session in which all riders will be granted extra time to familiarise themselves with the new circuit and the quick-learning Anglo-American will be eager to do just that.

Team manager Paul Denning said: "After all the travelling of recent weeks it seems appropriate to end the fly-away tour in a city covering two continents. I have seen footage of the Istanbul track and it looks both stunning and very technically demanding. John will certainly have to be at his sharpest to make sure he gets to grips with the track as quickly as possible."

"Nobody will have a clear advantage at this circuit as no riders or teams have raced here before, so we are all on a level playing field. Finding our correct set-up and best combination of Bridgestone race tyres as early as possible is going to be crucial to the outcome of Sunday's race."

"It is disappointing that Kenny is not available this weekend as I am convinced he would have relished the chance of riding at this circuit and would certainly have made the most of the new surroundings. We hope he will be back at Valencia next month, but for this race we must concentrate on just one rider and give all our support to John."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, John Hopkins

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