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Hopkins demonstrates good Assen practice pace

Hopkins demonstrates good Assen practice pace

Kawasaki´s John Hopkins completed the opening practice day at the Assen circuit in a confident mood, having made further improvements to his Ninja ZX-RR and finishing in eighth place overall.

John Hopkins was pleased to be challenging for top positions on the opening day of the A-Style TT Assen, after finding a good machine setting.

Hopkins´ teammate West, who was feeling buoyant after a top ten finish last time out in England, suffered with some difficulties around the 4.5km Dutch circuit, finishing Thursday´s practice in fifteenth position.

John Hopkins - eighth

`It´s been a good start for us today. We have had some new specification engine parts to test and these have definitely shown an improvement. We´re running pretty much the same set-up as last time out and the Kawasaki seems to be getting around here really well. This afternoon we ran through every tyre we had allocated to us to make a decision for the race, because we are unsure of what the weather might do during tomorrow. The last tyre we tried worked really well and we´d like more dry time to do a long run to test it for durability. The competition is close and apart from Casey (Stoner), who is a long way ahead, we´re running the same times as everyone else so I´m pretty happy with that. The injury is starting to feel better now and I´m really feeling confident ahead of qualifying tomorrow.´

Anthony West - fifteenth

`I´m a bit frustrated to be honest. I came here thinking that our set-up from Donington Park would be a good starting point for this circuit, but that´s not been the case today. We´ve had some problems with chatter that we haven´t had before, and we´re struggling a little bit with drive out of the turns. But, my crew already have some ideas on how we can improve things tonight, which we´ll check out during practice tomorrow morning. It looks like we´ve got a bit of a fight on our hands this weekend, but that´s all part of the job. I really like the Assen circuit, so I hope we can get things sorted ready for qualifying tomorrow.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE TT ASSEN

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