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Hopkins set for MotoGP century

Hopkins set for MotoGP century

Kawasaki rider John Hopkins has been a consistent figure in MotoGP since his debut at Suzuka in 2002, and on Sunday will join the list of riders to have competed in 100 Grands Prix.

The Anglo-American´s appearance record in the World Championship is something of a rarity, with all 100 races being exclusively premier class affairs. The likes of Dani Pedrosa and Shinya Nakano reached their century most recently with a combination of MotoGP and lower cylinder category Grands Prix.

Rather than dwelling too much on the facts and figures, Hopkins has instead been focusing on the visit to China, where last year he took his long-awaited maiden podium.

`It´s been a really good two weeks at home in California. I´ve done quite a bit of work on the house and I´ve spent some time out motocrossing, so I´m feeling really relaxed,´ says Hopkins, who finished fourth in the World Championship last year.

`I´m looking forward to the next round as we had a strong result in Estoril and a successful post-race test. The Bridgestone tyres are working well, as is the Ninja ZX-RR, and I am confident we can build on what we´ve achieved so far. Last year Shanghai was where I managed to get my first MotoGP podium and my aim is to do the same again with the Kawasaki.´

With premier class Grand Prix appearance number 100, Hopkins will become the youngest rider in history to reach the milestone. At 24 years and 348 days, he edges out the late great Norick Abe (25 years and 304 days), the previous holder of the record.

MotoGP, 2008, John Hopkins, Kawasaki Racing Team

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