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Hopkins disappointed after Spanish blow off

Hopkins disappointed after Spanish blow off

Rizla Suzuki rider John Hopkins was once again unlucky not to take a podium place last Sunday at Jerez. The rostrum may still be elusive for the Anglo-American, but as ever his exciting riding style and do-or-die attitude provided plenty of entertainment for the Spanish crowd.

Rizla Suzuki rider John Hopkins was once again unlucky not to take a podium place last Sunday at Jerez. The rostrum may still be elusive for the Anglo-American, but as ever his exciting riding style and do-or-die attitude provided plenty of entertainment for the Spanish crowd.

Starting from sixth on the grid as part of the closest top ten in Grand Prix history, Hopkins was engaged in an enthralling battle with World Champion Nicky Hayden for thirteen laps of the Circuito de Jerez, which concluded with the GSV-R800 running wide as a result of a strong gust of wind and losing grip as a result.

Hopkins picked up his bike to put in more valuable laps on the 800cc bike, gritting his teeth to complete the race in 19th place.

"I am disappointed to say the least - the worst thing is that we have lost valuable championship points," commented Hopkins post-race. "My race pace and the tyres felt good and I was able to put in a few passes in the beginning. I was in a group that was making a bit of a gap, but then I got held up by Nicky. I wanted to get past him, but I was having a hard time doing it. It looked like I was following him, but that wasn't what I wanted. When I got past him I started to chase down the front three, but the wind then picked up and I got blown sideways by a big gust and the pace I was going, and the lean angle I had, I just lost the front! As I say I'm disappointed, but this is a long season and we won't let this faze us. We'll take the positives from here and come back even stronger in Turkey!"

With a poor qualifying performance not allowing Chris Vermeulen the opportunity to get up amongst the frontrunners despite his good pace, the Australian knows that a repeat of his pole position from last year at Turkey would be a welcome turnaround to his 2007 season. With Hopkins skipping the two days of testing being undertaken at the Circuito de Jerez post-Grand Prix, Vermeulen will once again be left to look for improvement on the GSV-R800 accompanied only by test rider and 17th place finisher Kousuke Akiyoshi.

Team Manager Paul Denning reflected on the weekend with mixed feelings, happy with the efforts made if not the final product. "The results don't reflect what a good job the team did today," he commented. John's tyre choice was certainly the best of the selection we had, and without doubt it was a big opportunity missed to finish the same – or better – than Qatar. He got stuck behind Nicky for quite a few laps, but once past he was immediately after that podium. The good news is that he didn't hurt himself and he picked his bike up and finished the race. We showed again that the bike is a decent package and that the results will come," concluded the Suzuki boss.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, John Hopkins

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