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Hopkins at 70% for testing return

Hopkins at 70% for testing return

Kawasaki's John Hopkins lined up alongside the other 17 MotoGP riders at the commencement of testing in Jerez today, still very much one of the paddock's walking wounded contingent.

Kawasaki's John Hopkins lined up alongside the other 17 MotoGP riders at the commencement of testing in Jerez today, still very much one of the paddock's walking wounded contingent.

The Anglo-American, who suffered a torn abductor muscle in a highside at the Phillip Island test less than a month ago, was back in action for the first time since suffering the injury. With the incident having occurred on the penultimate day of Kawasaki's most recent test, the team have not been hit too hard by Hopkins' absence, but need him to be fighting fit as soon as possible with the opening race of the season fast approaching.

"Right now I'd say I'm around 70% fit. My leg is still a little bit sore and I did intense rehab over the last couple of weeks, with my doctor and my personal physio Dean Miller coming to my house everyday to try and get better and better," explained last year's fourth placed finisher, who missed last year's Official Test visit to Jerez with hand and foot injuries and was unable to compete for the BMW M Award.

"This weekend I need some track time and to make sure that we can get through some stuff we have to test; we have a clutch, a shifting sensor system to work on. A lot of stuff has to be tested and I need to be out there," says Hopkins, who is aided in his developmental cause by team-mate Anthony West and the test rider duo of Olivier Jacque & Tamaki Serizawa.

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MotoGP, 2008

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