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Screamer engine could be a milestone says Hopkins

Screamer engine could be a milestone says Hopkins

Kawasaki´s John Hopkins goes into this weekend´s third round of the season in a highly positive mood after an improved performance at Jerez, followed by his first test with the Japanese factory´s `screamer´ engine and some further healing time for his groin injury.

Kawasaki´s John Hopkins goes into this weekend´s third round of the season in a highly positive mood after an improved performance at Jerez, followed by his first test with the Japanese factory´s `screamer´ engine and some further healing time for his groin injury.

After the Anglo-American´s painful experience of riding in significant discomfort in Qatar, the visit to Spain for round two yielded a positive top ten result and also saw him try out the new `screamer´ motor in the Monday post-GP test - which Hopkins believes will eventually be a big step forward for Kawasaki.

`The new bike is definitely going to be a milestone in racing. It´s an exciting bike and an exciting engine, though there are a lot of improvements we need to make before it´s race ready. It sounds really good and they are working really hard on it in Japan, so we hope to be racing on it before the year is out.´

Hopkins also played down any rumours of a rift between him and Fiat Yamaha´s Jorge Lorenzo after the pair briefly exchanged gestures during the post-Jerez test session.

`It was just a passing moment,´ said Hopkins. `I guess he just misunderstood me as I was letting him go on a cool down lap and he came out, I think he thought I was going to try and follow him and get a lap time. But he got a bit hot-headed and used some naughty gestures and once I saw that I got a bit hot-headed myself, so we had a lap of fury!´

`There´s a lot of testosterone out there when you are on track, and you can get hot-tempered. I hope he apologises but other than that everything is ok. It was just a racing incident.´

On the continued rehabilitation of his recovering abductor muscle injury Hopkins commented: `Once we got to a certain level of improvement it has just started healing rapidly. So we have to take it race by race and day by day, but it´s quite a lot better.´

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MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, John Hopkins, Kawasaki Racing Team

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