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Hopkins set for race return this weekend

Hopkins set for race return this weekend

Kawasaki´s John Hopkins will reassume his place on the MotoGP grid this weekend, after rehabilitating the leg fractures suffered in Assen.

After seven weeks and three races on the sidelines, John Hopkins will make a welcome comeback from a nasty leg injury when the MotoGP World Championship rolls into Brno –and the return to action could not have come at a more positive track for the Anglo-American.

Second placed at last year´s race onboard the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R, Hopkins has proved to be a strong competitor in the Czech Republic and now aims to put in a similar performance with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR. Before he can do that, however, he will have to shake off the ring rust of a trio of Grand Prix events without lining up on the grid and test the condition of his left leg post-rehab.

`I´m feeling pretty good now, and I´m anxious to get back on track. I´ve now got full movement back in the injured knee and it´s been fine during my training regime up to now. I don´t think it´s going to cause me any problems on the bike, but it´s been almost seven weeks since I´ve thrown a leg over the Ninja ZX-RR, so I won´t know for sure until we start free practice on Friday,´ says Hopkins, who has a particular affinity for the track at which he was so impressive in 2007.

`Brno is a track I like a lot, and I believe it´s the MotoGP track I´ve ridden most frequently in my career, which means I know the place like the back of my hand. Also, our Bridgestone tyres work well at this track, and this combined with the new parts that Kawasaki are bringing to the race means we´ve got some positive things to work with,´ says `Team Green´s 25 year-old star.

`Even though the rehab at home with family and friends has been enjoyable, I am really looking forward to seeing the team, getting back on the bike and finding again the total mental focus necessary for the best possible result this weekend.´

Hopkins has not competed in a MotoGP race since the bwin.com British Grand Prix on June 22nd.

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MotoGP, 2008, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, John Hopkins, Kawasaki Racing Team

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