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Hopkins determined to exorcise desert demons

Hopkins determined to exorcise desert demons

A highly focussed John Hopkins has spoken of his eagerness to perform at the highest level this Saturday in Qatar on a track where he has recently experience pain and frustration.

A highly focussed John Hopkins has spoken of his eagerness to perform at the highest level this Saturday in Qatar on a track where he has recently experience pain and frustration.

The Anglo-American Rizla Suzuki rider sustained wrist injury at the Losail circuit just 20 days ago during the Official Test in Qatar, while last year at the same venue he was forced to retire from the Grand Prix due to engine failure.

Previous Grand Prix outings on the same track have seen him finish 8th (2004) and 17th (2005) but entering his sixth season in the premier class Hopkins will be eager to exorcise his desert demons and get off to good start in the Championship.

Describing the incident on his last visit to Losail, when a heavy crash just before lunch on the concluding day of the first Official MotoGP Test of 2007 in mid-February saw him taken to hospital for x-rays, the 23 year-old stated:

"As for flying through the air it is definitely the biggest crash I've ever been through in my career, though as far as injuries are concerned it wasn't that bad. I could have been a lot worse, but we got through it pretty well. There are just a few problems with the right wrist which is still a bit sore and we've done all we possibly can to get it up to spec, but it was only a minor setback."

Hopkins injuries included bruises, sprains and strains to the soft tissue areas of the hands, wrists, arms and overall body, but his x-rays showed no broken bones.

Hopkins underwent physiotherapy in England and followed an intensive rehabilitation programme with Suzuki physiotherapist Dean Miller under the watchful eye of Team Manager Paul Denning - and has won the battle to be fit for the start of the campaign.

As the rider himself concluded: "It did happen at a bad time but it's nothing we can't overcome. It's a long series, this is the first race and right now I'll be able to race quite good I think."

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MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, John Hopkins

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