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John Hopkins

PERSONAL DETAILS
NAME: JOHN HOPKINS
TEAM: KAWASAKI RACING TEAM
NATIONALITY: AMERICAN
DATE OF BIRTH: 22/05/1983
MARRIED: MARRIED.

2008 Surprises some by leaving Suzuki for Kawasaki, where he will ride alongside Anthony West.

2007 Remains at Rizla Suzuki alongside Vermeulen, with high hopes for the first year of 800cc racing. Starts the season with a promising fourth on the much-improved GSV-R and takes his first MotoGP podium at round four, in China. Team-mate Vermeulen then grabs the limelight with Suzuki's first ever (four-stroke) MotoGP victory, in the wet, next time out at Le Mans, and the pair are soon locked in a battle for top Suzuki honours.

While Hopper was unable to win a race, he enjoyed a better second half of the season than Vermeulen - racking up three podiums, including two second positions, and clinches a best yet fourth in the world championship with third place on his Suzuki farewell at the Valencia season finale.

2006 Remains at Suzuki, now backed by Rizla, where he is joined by new team-mate Chris Vermeulen. Enjoys his best season yet, highlighted by a debut pole position at Assen, but is unable to claim his first podium finish. Finishes fourth on two occasions. Tenth overall in championship.

2005 Despite interest from other teams, signs for third season at Suzuki and alongside Roberts. Confirms speed and, like Roberts, battles for lead in wet races in China and Britain - but is unable to get his first podium. Highlight of year is best ever GP finish of 5th in Japan and front row starts at Motegi and Sepang. 14th in championship.

2004 Continues with Suzuki alongside Kenny Roberts Jr. A pre-season Supercross injury hampers early season performance, but Hopper delivers a strong second half of year. Best result sixth at Portuguese Grand Prix. Finishes 16th in world championship despite being injured in first turn Motegi pile-up.

2003 Signs for Team Suzuki, but the 2003 spec GSV-R has serious handling problems from the start. Outperforms team-mate - and former world champion - Kenny Roberts but is left 17th in the championship. Best result seventh at Jerez - Suzuki's best finish of the year. Low point of season is a controversal ban from Malaysia following a first turn pile-up at Motegi.

2002 MotoGP debut with Red Bull Yamaha - 15th in championship with 58 points after an impressive season.

2001 AMA Formula Xtreme Champion (GSX-R1000).

2000 AMA 750 Supersport (GSX-R750) .

1999 Full Road Racing debut; Aprilia RS250 Cup Champion.

1986 Tarmac debut, First Race Win (minibikes).

END OF 2007
STARTS: N/A
WINS: 0
POLES: 1
FASTEST LAPS: 2
POINTS: N/A
DEBUT: SUZUKA 2002.
DRIVEN FOR: KAWASAKI (2008) / RIZLA SUZUKI (2003-2005) / RED BULL YAMAHA (2002)
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Post by Mrs James Toseland on Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:52 pm

i wouldnt mind have some of Hopkins either hehe i think i would like to have a bit of every rider apart from anthony and KC lol!

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Post by tammerz on Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:54 pm

you are a hussy starter kit strudl

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Post by Mrs James Toseland on Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:56 pm

tammerz wrote:you are a hussy starter kit strudl


hehe tam im sorry but i wouldnt mind having tehm it the leathers and the bike that do it for me with these guy apart from with KC and anthony they must have a tight grip on the bike between there legs so just think tam Very Happy

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Post by tammerz on Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:10 pm

i think of it everyday girlie

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Post by Mrs James Toseland on Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:21 pm

tammerz wrote:i think of it everyday girlie

hehe so do i

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Post by Mrs James Toseland on Sun Nov 23, 2008 2:45 pm

there is something sexy about him

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Post by tammerz on Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:11 pm

ewww i dont think so
i couldnt wait to get done posting those pics he was grossing me out
lol

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Post by Mrs James Toseland on Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:16 pm

tammerz wrote:ewww i dont think so
i couldnt wait to get done posting those pics he was grossing me out
lol

LOL sorry but there is something really sexy about him but not as much as vale and JT he is 5th on my list in the order i would fcuk the riders LOL

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Post by tammerz on Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:33 pm

i dont think there are five i would do

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Post by Mrs James Toseland on Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:41 pm

tammerz wrote:i dont think there are five i would do

heheh tam i would do everyone one but not KC anthony west or sete gibernau LOL

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Post by tammerz on Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:46 pm

i think my list would be:
1. Randy
2. Vale
3. Chris Vermuelen
4. Colin
5. Nicky

thats about it and i had to settle for nicky

now if we add in the lower classes
i would add Bauti and Di Meglio

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Post by Mrs James Toseland on Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:06 pm

tammerz wrote:i think my list would be:
1. Randy
2. Vale
3. Chris Vermuelen
4. Colin
5. Nicky

thats about it and i had to settle for nicky

now if we add in the lower classes
i would add Bauti and Di Meglio

ive just been sick a little in my mouth chirs before colin and nicky omg

ok so mine

1vale
2james
3colin
4loris
5john
6dani
7randy
8jorge
9marco
10andrea
11nicky

and then lower class bauti

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Post by tammerz on Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:12 pm

i bet chris is a sweet guy
he seems so nice
tass says the nice ones are boring
but they can surprise you i think

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Post by Mrs James Toseland on Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:20 pm

tammerz wrote:i bet chris is a sweet guy
he seems so nice
tass says the nice ones are boring
but they can surprise you i think

yeah but i would be looking at his mole the whole time lol

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Post by tammerz on Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:22 pm

lol
like in austin powers

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Post by Mrs James Toseland on Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:24 pm

tammerz wrote:lol
like in austin powers

yeah i do that everytime i see him i say MOLE MOLE lol i cant help it i dont know why its just right there like in the middle off his face

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Post by tammerz on Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:37 pm

Old injuries hamper Hopkins on first day in Phillip Island
Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Kawasaki begin testing in Australia with Hopkins, Melandri and Jacque.



The first day of testing for Kawasaki in Phillip Island was an uncomfortable one for John Hopkins, as the Anglo-American continued to feel the pain of some of the injuries picked up over the course of 2008. Hopkins, whose crash at the Australian circuit at the beginning of the year set the tone for a difficult season, found the more extensive schedule of testing somewhat taxing on Wednesday.

Seventy-six laps –the fastest of which was a 1´33.3- took their toll on the 25 year-old, in particular his left knee and ankle fractured in Assen back in June. `Every time I change gear the tendons in my ankle rub across the metal plate that was inserted to fix the bones, and this causes the ankle to swell up a lot. My knee also kept locking out, especially on the left-hand corners, so I´m not in great physical shape,´ admits Hopkins.

Nonetheless, thoughts of abandoning the test have not crossed his mind –particularly in light of progress made with new crew chief Naoya Kaneko.

`We communicate together very well and we´ve definitely made some improvements to the bike. Naoya is very methodical in his approach, but he also has a fresh way of looking at the problems and, as a result, we´ve made some big steps forward already. Now I just need more time on track, injuries permitting.´

New teammate Marco Melandri bested Hopkins´ time, recording a 1´32.5 lap equal to his best in last month´s race. The Italian continued to adapt the Ninja ZX-RR to his riding style, although a lack of front end feeling was a persistent problem over the course of his 93 turns of the Phillip Island circuit.

The fastest rider of the day for `Team Green´ was test rider Olivier Jacque, at the scene of his 2000 250cc World Championship victory. The Frenchman was the only rider using the new Kawasaki chassis and electronics package designed to improve power delivery, and clocked a 1´32.4 quickest lap. Describing the potential of the chassis used as `80%, with the aim of bringing it up to 100% after more setup time´ Jacque´s input this week will shape the 2009 Ninja´s development back in Japan.

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Post by tammerz on Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:40 pm

Hopkins to go under the knife after concluding final 2008 test
Friday, 28 November 2008

Kawasaki rider set for plate removal on Wednesday in America.



Kawasaki concluded their testing activity for the 2008 season on Friday with the last of three days of action in Australia, with rider John Hopkins heading almost immediately to the operating theatre after an uncomfortable week of riding.

The Anglo-American had experienced difficulties with chafing between the metal plate in his leg –inserted after a nasty crash in Assen earlier this year- and tendons in the limb, and had found the heavy workload aggravating the discomfort. Nonetheless, after adapting his riding style Hopkins managed to do some extended runs for Bridgestone at Phillip Island, with 50 laps to his name on the final day.

`Today was more positive for me. The injuries weren´t such a big problem, although I had to adapt because I still can´t put any pressure on the left footpeg,´ explains the 25 year-old, whose fastest time on Friday was a 1´32.1 lap.

`We found a pretty good set-up on the bike and my lap times were pretty consistent over the long runs we did for Bridgestone, and it´s this consistency that´s important to our development programme right now.´

Now is the time for `maintenance work´ on the MotoGP paddock´s walking wounded, as the likes of Sete Gibernau, Toni Elias and Casey Stoner all have nagging injuries addressed. Like Elias and Gibernau, Hopkins´ operation will be a routine one.

`Now I'm off straight back to America, where I´ll have surgery on Wednesday to remove all the metal from my various injuries. As well as taking the plates out of my left foot and ankle, Doctor Ting will also remove the plate that I´ve had in my left hand for the past three years. I´ll be about two kilograms lighter!´ jokes the Kawasaki rider.

`My plan is to take it easy after the surgery, to make sure I´m fully recovered, and then train my butt off ready for the new season.´

New teammate Marco Melandri recorded a quickest lap of 1´31.8 over the course of the three days, whilst test rider Olivier Jacque escaped uninjured from a big crash late on Friday.

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John Hopkins to undergo surgery
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28 November 2008 10:20


American John Hopkins will undergo surgery next week to remove metal plates from his left foot that severely hampered him during testing at Phillip Island this week.

Hopkins will go under the knife next Wednesday and the 25-year-old will then need a four-week rehabilitation before he can resume training ahead of the 2009 winter testing campaign.

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Speaking at the end of a gruelling three-day test session in Australia, the factory Kawasaki rider said: "Today was more positive for me. The injuries weren't such a big problem, although I had to adapt my riding style because I still can't put any pressure on the left footpeg.

"We found a pretty good set-up on the bike and my lap times were pretty consistent over the long runs we did for Bridgestone, and it's this consistency that's important to our development programme right now. Now I'm off straight back to America, where I'll have surgery on Wednesday to remove all the metal from my various injuries.

"As well as taking the plates out of my left foot and ankle, Doctor Ting will also remove the plate I've had in my left hand for the past three years. I'll be about two kilograms lighter! My plan is to take it easy after the surgery, to make sure I'm fully recovered, and then train my butt off ready for the new season."

Hopkins had the plate inserted in his left ankle after a massive 175mph crash during practice for the Dutch GP at Assen in June.

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Post by tammerz on Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:14 pm

MotoGP » Hopkins heads for surgery.
Friday, 28th November 2008

John Hopkins will be 'two kilograms lighter' after surgery on Wednesday.

After three days of discomfort during testing at Phillip Island in Australia, caused by metal plates placed in his left foot and ankle after his Assen accident, John Hopkins has revealed that he will undergo surgery to have the metalwork removed - along with a further plate in his hand.

The discomfort was caused by tendons rubbing on the metalwork, forcing Hopkins to adapt his riding style. The Kawasaki rider nevertheless lowered his best lap time from a 1min 33.3sec on Wednesday to a 1min 32.1sec on Friday.

"Today was more positive for me. The injuries weren't such a big problem, although I had to adapt my riding style because I still can't put any pressure on the left footpeg," Hopkins revealed. "We found a pretty good set-up on the bike and my lap times were pretty consistent over the long runs we did for Bridgestone, and it's this consistency that's important to our development programme right now."

The fastest ZX-RR lap was a 1min 31.8sec by new team-mate Marco Melandri.

"It's been good working with Marco; we work well together and I'm sure we'll be pushing each other all the way once we start testing and racing again next year," said John.

Hopkins will fly straight back to the United States, where he'll undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove the metal plates, then spend four weeks recuperating before starting an intensive fitness regime.

"Now I'm off straight back to America, where I'll have surgery on Wednesday to remove all the metal from my various injuries," confirmed the #21. "As well as taking the plates out of my left foot and ankle, Doctor Ting will also remove the plate I've had in my left hand for the past three years. I'll be about two kilograms lighter! My plan is to take it easy after the surgery, to make sure I'm fully recovered, and then train my butt off ready for the new season."

Test rider Olivier Jacque matched the best lap time by Hopkins, while the fastest lap at the test - attended by only Suzuki and Kawasaki - was a 1min 30.9sec by Loris Capirossi.

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Post by valegirl46 on Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:13 am

MotoGP » Hopkins 'hardware free' after surgery.
Friday, 5th December 2008



John Hopkins underwent successful surgery at the Fremont Surgery Centre in California on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Anglo-American underwent a surgical procedure to remove the metal plates from his left ankle and left foot, inserted following his high-speed crash during practice for this year's Dutch TT at Assen in June.

Surgeons, led by the world renowned Doctor Arthur Ting, also performed keyhole surgery to clean up scar tissue and cartilage damage in Hopkins' left knee, which he injured in the same Assen crash.


Doctor Ting also took the opportunity to remove a metal plate from the Kawasaki pilot's left hand, the result of a previous injury, to leave Hopkins 'hardware free' for the first time in three years.

"It's unbelievable; it's great to be hardware free again after all this time," said John. "I have had several injuries in the past and have had to go through a few surgical ordeals since I was 13-years-of-age, but you never really get used to it.

"Now all the metal is out of my body I'm looking forward to some rest and recuperation, and spending time with my wife Ashleigh and our two families during the Christmas holiday period."

Hopkins remained in the Fremont Surgery Centre overnight following the operation, but will return home to San Diego following a 24-hour post surgical evaluation today, Friday 5th December.

Hopper will now require four weeks of rest and recuperation, with only mild rehabilitation exercise, before resuming his full training and conditioning programme ahead of the 2009 MotoGP season.

"Doctor Ting reckons it will be four weeks before I can start training properly again, but that should give me time to be fighting fit, ready for the start of pre-season testing at the end of January," confirmed Hopkins.

"John has been either injured, or handicapped by his injuries, for almost the entire season, so the removal of all the metal from his body is an important step in the recovery process for him," stated Kawasaki competition manager Michael Bartholemy.

"John will need approximately four weeks to recover fully from the surgery, but he will then be able to resume his pre-season training programme at full intensity, which should see him fully fit again prior to the first test of the new season at the end of January.

"It's been hard watching John ride injured this year, so I'm looking forward to seeing him back on the bike fully fit once again. Having John back at 100 percent is important to us now, as we will have the all-new Ninja ZX-RR at the first test of 2009, and we need both our riders on top form if we are to have the bike ready for the first race in April."

Hopkins will ride alongside Marco Melandri at Kawasaki next season.
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Post by tammerz on Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:33 pm

Hopkins has metal plates removed in California
Friday, 05 December 2008

Kawasaki´s John Hopkins will need four weeks of rest and recuperation following a torrid season and surgery this week to remove various supportive plates from his left leg.



MotoGP´s Anglo-American star John Hopkins was in a positive mood following a successful operation at the Fremont Surgery Centre in California on Thursday, where he had the metal plates from his left ankle and left foot removed.

Having suffered a nasty groin injury in pre-season at Phillip Island at the beginning of 2008, Hopkins´ season was ruined by a horrific crash in practice at Assen in June - resulting in broken bones in his left leg and a period on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old therefore underwent a surgical procedure to remove the supportive elements in his leg, performed by Doctor Arthur Ting, who also carried out keyhole surgery to clean up scar tissue and cartilage damage in Hopkins´ left knee.

Dr Ting also removed a metal plate from Hopkins´ left hand, the result of a previous injury. The former Suzuki competitor was allowed home on Friday after being kept in for 24 hours, merely as a precautionary measure. He now faces a four week recuperation period, with only mild rehabilitation exercise, before full training can be resumed.

The Kawasaki rider commented, `It´s unbelievable; it´s great to be hardware free again after all this time. I have had several injuries in the past and have had to go through a few surgical ordeals since I was 13 years-of-age, but you never really get used to it. Now all the metal is out of my body I´m looking forward to some rest and recuperation, and spending time with my wife Ashleigh and our two families during the Christmas holiday period. Doctor Ting reckons it will be four weeks before I can start training properly again, but that should give me time to be fighting fit, ready for the start of pre-season testing at the end of January.´

Kawasaki´s Competition Manager Michael Bartholemy, added, `John has been either injured, or handicapped by his injuries, for almost the entire season, so the removal of all the metal from his body is an important step in the recovery process for him. He´ll need approximately four weeks to recover fully from the surgery, but he will then be able to resume his pre-season training programme at full intensity, which should see him fully fit again prior to the first test of the new season at the end of January.´

`It has been hard watching John ride injured this year, so I´m looking forward to seeing him back on the bike fully fit once again. Having John back at 100 per cent is important to us now, as we will have the all-new Ninja ZX-RR at the first test of 2009, and we need both our riders on top form if we are to have the bike ready for the first race in April.´

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Post by tammerz on Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:27 am

John Hopkins begins four-week rehab
By Matthew Birt

MotoGP

05 December 2008 10:05


John Hopkins has started a four-week recovery period after he underwent successful surgery in California yesterday (Thursday).

The factory Kawasaki rider had metal plates removed from his left ankle and left foot, which were inserted after he suffered a massive 175mph crash during practice for the Dutch GP in Assen back in June.

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The operation, performed by renowned racer surgeon Dr Art Ting, also saw the 25-year-old have keyhole surgery to clean up scar tissue and cartilage in his left knee, which he also damaged in the Assen crash.

Hopkins, who had a nightmare 2008 with injury, also had a metal plate removed from his left hand, which he injured three years ago.

Hopkins will now need a four-week rest and recuperation period before he can resume training early next year ahead of the resumption of winter testing in Malaysia in early February.

Hopkins said: “It's unbelievable; it's great to be hardware free again after all this time. I have had several injuries in the past and have had to go through a few surgical ordeals since I was 13-years-of-age, but you never really get used to it.

"Now all the metal is out of my body I'm looking forward to some rest and recuperation, and spending time with my wife Ashleigh and our two families during the Christmas holiday period.

"Doctor Ting reckons it will be four weeks before I can start training properly again, but that should give me time to be fighting fit, ready for the start of pre-season testing at the end of January."

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Re: John 'Hopper' Hopkins

Post by tammerz on Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:05 pm

Paddock Press: Ryder on Hopkins´2008 season
Monday, 08 December 2008

Commentator blames injury and uncompetitive bike for Hopkins´ disappointing 2008 season in first of journalist review series.




In the first of a series of season reviews from some of the MotoGP paddock journalists, veteran motorcycle racing commentator Julian Ryder looks back over John Hopkins´ 2008 season. The Anglo-American´s troubled season is put down to injury and an underdeveloped bike by Ryder, who expects better things from Hopkins in 2009.

`John started the season with a completely new bike, and basically with one leg after his testing crash at Phillip Island. Kawasaki had thought that in previous seasons the bike had been better than the riders that they had riding it, and Hopkins´ job was to show just how good it was,´ says Ryder.

`Unfortunately, the Kawasaki wasn´t up to the job.´

Paddock Press reviews for all of last year´s MotoGP riders will be published on motogp.com throughout the winter.

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