9-Fingered Hopkins Vows to be Ready for WSB Season Opener

John Hopkins is willing to do what it takes to be ready for the opening of the World Superbike season at Phillip Island in fewer than six weeks. While most MotoGP fans know that Hopkins was injured in a wild crash at the MotoGP race in Malaysia late last year, they don’t know that his right hand continued to suffer from a number of complications following a series of surgeries.

To put an end to these complications, Hopkins decided to have the top half of his right ring finger amputated.

Talking about the decision, Hopkins who has a gift for the understated, said, “It’s never good news when you have to lose a body part, but this was the best scenario all-round because otherwise the situation could’ve dragged on for some time, with not necessarily a better result in the end.”

Hopkins added, “I must say that it’s feeling better already. I now have about 10 days when I cannot do any physio, but then I can start again. This is a bit of a setback, but really not too bad because I have been training and getting fit for some time now, so my base level is very good…. I know the bike well and I’ve raced at Phillip Island before, so at least I will not be starting from scratch. Our GSX-R1000 has a very good base setting and I am confident that we’re not going to be struggling at the start. The level of competition is tough for sure, but I think we’re going to be competitive right from the start.”

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