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Hopkins battles bravely on

Hopkins battles bravely on

Kawasaki´s John Hopkins bravely qualified in fourteenth position for Sunday´s Catalunya contest, after riding with an injured back sustained in a turn two highside during Friday practice.

John Hopkins was determined to make up for the loss of valuable track time to set up his Ninja ZX-RR around the Catalunya circuit, after crashing heavily seven laps into Friday afternoon´s MotoGP free practice. The battered and bruised Anglo-American rode through the pain barrier during today´s sessions, ending up fourteenth while his teammate Anthony West is seventeenth on the grid.

John Hopkins – fourteenth

`It´s been difficult to ride today because I´ve never had a back injury before and I´m in quite a lot of pain. I´m finding it hard to breathe properly in places, particularly on left-hand turns, and when riding at this level with the strains put on the body at the speeds we´re traveling, it´s tough going. However, we have a good race pace despite the lost track time and we have to stay focused.´

Anthony West – seventeenth

`We made some improvements to the front-end of the machine yesterday, so practice today was all about finding a better set-up in the rear. We made a few changes but unfortunately it didn´t really bring the results we were hoping for, and I´m still suffering with grip troubles. During my second qualifying run we encountered a problem with the machine, and we ran out of time to go back out on track, which was also very frustrating. Tomorrow we have to make the best of what we have and try to get a good result in the race.´

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, John Hopkins, Anthony West, Kawasaki Racing Team

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