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Injured Hopkins fights for the top ten

Injured Hopkins fights for the top ten

John Hopkins demonstrated true grit and determination on Sunday at the Circuit de Catalunya.

After injuring his back on Friday John Hopkins rode bravely in Sunday´s Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya race to bring his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR home in tenth position.

His teammate Anthony West, who set his fastest lap of the entire weekend in the opening stages, endured a hard, race long fight with Marco Melandri to finish in a points-scoring twelfth position.

John Hopkins – tenth

`I´m in a lot of pain right now with my injury and that was a really hard race. I tried to pass a few people at the start, but I got boxed out and I lost some ground. I pushed as hard as I could to stay with the group ahead of me, but the pain set in and I had to really focus on settling into a rhythm. It was then a case of finding a way to ride without moving around too much on the machine to finish the race, and although tenth isn´t where I want to be, in this situation I´m pleased we managed to achieve that. We still have a lot of work to do with the bike, and hopefully we can be in a good condition for the next race in Britain.´

Anthony West - Twelfth

`I rode as hard as I possibly could today and I fought hard with Marco for the entire race. I passed him into the turns on many occasions, but his machine was a bit stronger on the straights and it just meant I had a lot of work to do each time he came by. The tyre went off a little in the last few laps, which meant I just didn´t quite have enough to re-take him before the finish. I´m happy we had a good race, but we still need to make big improvements to the set-up of the bike. I´m going to Japan for a test where I hope we can try to resolve the rear traction issues I´ve been suffering, then we´ll be back in Europe preparing for Donington Park and, hopefully, we can make another step forwards there.´

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

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