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Bruised Hopkins claims full fitness for Le Mans

Bruised Hopkins claims full fitness for Le Mans

Kawasaki rider John Hopkins may be black and blue after the last round in Shanghai, but claims he is ready for action with `Team Green´ this weekend.

Once again walking wounded, courtesy of a collision with both Alex de Angelis and his own foot peg in Shanghai, Kawasaki´s John Hopkins has played down any fitness concerns and believes that the Le Mans track is just what the doctor ordered.

The Anglo-American has only recently returned to full fitness from a torn muscle in his groin, picked up in preseason testing at Phillip Island in Australia. However, Hopkins insists that this latest knock -whilst hardly pleasing to the eye- will not affect his efforts to push for a first podium since joining `Team Green´.

`My leg is completely black and blue with bruising, but while it looks quite nasty it hasn't caused me any problems and I´m confident it won´t be an issue on the bike. I´m looking forward to Le Mans, as it´s a track that suits my riding style and it´s one that I like racing on,´, explains the 24 year-old.

`The track features a lot of hard braking, quick changes of direction and hard acceleration, and that´s exactly what the Ninja ZX-RR has been designed for. When you combine this with our Bridgestone tyres, which always seem to work well here, then I think we´re in a strong position going into this weekend.´

Although circumstances seem favourable to last season´s overall fourth place finisher, Hopkins has joined his rivals in expressing wariness of the variable conditions so typical at the Bugatti circuit.

`The only thing we need to watch out for is the weather, as it´s notoriously changeable at Le Mans, but wet or dry I´m confident that we can put in a strong performance in France,´ says the adaptable Kawasaki rider.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, John Hopkins, Kawasaki Racing Team

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