John Hopkins has undergone surgery in America on the third finger of his right hand which was damaged during practice for last weekend's Czech Grand Prix. The American was ready to represent Rizla Suzuki on his first MotoGP appearance in four months but crashed during the wet Saturday practice session and the tumble through the gravel caused a dislocation.
The accident put Hopkins' participation in the remainder of the BSB season in doubt, but Jack Valentine, team manger of Samsung Crescent Suzuki, was encouraged after the operation, and remains confident that Hopkins can still take the title.
“John flew home to the States immediately after the accident and his surgeon assessed the damage then operated on the third finger.”
“John is now relaxing at home and on the recommendation of his surgeon is undertaking all the usual rehabilitation treatments like hyperbaric chamber sessions. The aim is for John to come back 100% fit; his goal and that of Samsung Crescent Racing is still to win the 2011 BSB Championship.”
The British Superbike Championship resumes at Cadwell Park next weekend and although Valentine is pleased with Hopkins' condition, he wouldn't confirm if he will be fit to return at the Bank Holiday triple header.
“Early next week we should be in a better position to report on how the injury is progressing, but for now we understand all is going to plan and we can look forward to seeing ‘Hopper’ back on the grid soon.”