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Groin problem still lingering for Hopkins

Groin problem still lingering for Hopkins

John Hopkins has been working hard at recovering full fitness during the short break following round one in Qatar, but the groin tear he suffered in January is still not completely healed.

John Hopkins has been working hard at recovering full fitness during the short break following round one in Qatar, but the groin tear he suffered in January is still not completely healed and could cause the Kawasaki rider further discomfort at this weekend's Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

Although the Anglo-American did get some track time after his injury-causing Australia crash, when he subsequently tested at the scene of round two's action in Jerez in February and at Losail before the first race of the year, Hopkins found riding the full race distance under the floodlights at the desert track to be a highly painful experience.

He could barely walk immediately after bringing his Ninja ZX-RR home in 12th place on his Kawasaki debut, so the short break of just over two weeks before returning to racing has provided a vital opportunity for further recuperation and rehabilitation.

The California-based 24 year-old has been on the other side of the States enjoying the weather and grafting hard on his general fitness in Florida as his groin injury continues to heal, but the medical diagnosis is that there is still some weakness in the area, so Friday's practice sessions in Jerez will provide an indication of how much progress he has made.

`The abductor muscle I tore at Phillip Island in January still isn't completely fixed but everything's going okay and I've been training hard. I've been in Miami, the sun's been out and I've been taking care of myself before Jerez. We've had some more MRI scans done, which show the injury is still definitely there, unfortunately, but it's not been keeping me from working on my fitness.´

`Despite the muscle problem, I really feel 100% ready for the race and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm definitely going to improve on the position I got at Qatar. We'll work on tyre choice and a good set up and it'll be great to head back to Europe to race.´

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MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, John Hopkins, Kawasaki Racing Team

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