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Hopkins leaves Phillip Island early due to injury

Hopkins leaves Phillip Island early due to injury

Kawasaki Racing's John Hopkins is heading back to California from the Phillip Island test a day earlier than anticipated, after a highside crash in the rain at the Australian circuit left him with a torn abductor muscle on the left side of his groin.

Kawasaki Racing's John Hopkins is heading back to California from the Phillip Island test a day earlier than anticipated, after a highside crash in the rain at the Australian circuit left him with a torn abductor muscle on the left side of his groin.

The popular 24-year-old was one of the first riders out on the wet track on the second morning of the second MotoGP test of 2008 as he attempted to familiarise himself with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR on full wet tyres for the first time.

The Anglo-American rider was reducing his lap times efficiently and appeared to have mastered the conditions before a crash as he attempted to increase his pace further. Leaving the Island's pacey first corner Hopkins accelerated too early and was thrown over the handlebars as his 800cc prototype highsided on the slippery surface.

Having made it back to pit-lane unaided he soon began to experience pain in his groin and the decision was made for him to undergo a precautionary x-rays and an ultrasound scan in Melbourne, which confirmed the torn muscle.

Without specialist treatment such an injury could take up to five weeks to fully heal, but Hopkins believes that with the assistance of respected physician Doctor Ting in California - who operated on Nicky Hayden's shoulder over the winter break – he will not miss the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez in just over two weeks time.

Of the unfortunate incident, Hopkins noted: "My lap times had been coming down by a second a lap, but then I got caught out at turn one while pushing for a faster time. I got on the gas a little too early on the exit, lost the rear and got flicked over the highside when the bike came round on me. I must have been horizontal in the air, because I landed flat on my side."

"It was a hard landing and it felt painful straight away. I went to hospital in Melbourne, where the doctors confirmed that I'd torn around 50 percent of the abductor muscle from the bone. It's not a serious injury, but it is quite painful at the moment. I'm determined to be back on the Kawasaki for the Jerez test, so I'm going to head home to see Doctor Ting and to get treatment on the injury as soon as possible."

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MotoGP, 2008, John Hopkins

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