Hopkins returning to Suzuki for Malaysia
29 September 2011 – Suzuki has confirmed that John Hopkins will make another return to the team for next month’s Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang. The outing will mark his second of the 2011 campaign after deputising for the injured Álvaro Bautista and finishing tenth at Jerez.
“I am really pumped to get this chance to ride in a MotoGP race with the Rizla Suzuki team,” says the American. “I thought after Brno that I wouldn’t get the opportunity again and was really disappointed that I missed out there due to a silly mistake, so to be heading to Sepang is fantastic; it is one of my favourite tracks and I know it well because we used to test there a lot.
“My main focus is on the British championship at the moment, but as soon as that is over I will be in MotoGP mode and putting all my efforts into getting a good result and showing that I can perform at the highest level. I really want to get back into MotoGP and this is a great chance to show what I can do.”
The comeback has also been embraced by Paul Denning.
“We’d intended to give John at least one outing on the Suzuki GP bike this year and we’re delighted that he’ll join us in Malaysia to form a two–man team with Álvaro,” Team Manager Denning comments. “Sepang is one of John’s favourite tracks and also one that the GSV-R has performed well at in the past.
“What happened at Brno – with John’s injury – and the way he has worked so hard to come back from it and challenge for the British Superbike Championship has only reaffirmed his commitment to success and getting back to the top level.”