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Pain levels decrease for injured Hopkins

Pain levels decrease for injured Hopkins

Barely able to walk at the end of the season-opening MotoGP race in Qatar due to his lingering groin injury, Kawasaki's John Hopkins appears to be in far better shape for round two of the World Championship - following nearly three weeks of rest and recuperation.

Barely able to walk at the end of the season-opening MotoGP race in Qatar due to his lingering groin injury, Kawasaki's John Hopkins appears to be in far better shape for round two of the World Championship - following nearly three weeks of rest and recuperation.

Although the Anglo-American rider was only 14th in the Friday morning free practice run he is finding the going much easier on his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, his still damaged abductor muscle having healed to the extent that he can ride in far less discomfort than at Losail.

`This morning we just went out looking to get a decent set-up,´ Hopkins told motogp.com. `The weather's a little bit cold and we had some new tyres and settings from Qatar to try. Physically I'm a lot better than what I was in Qatar. We've had a bit of a break and I've been able to get the groin injury up to a decent level right now.´

`I had to take it easy for a week or so and then just slowly get back into it I started swimming, you know nothing too physical and just give it time to heal, not pushing too hard like I was before.´

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

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