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John Hopkins

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John Hopkins
Rider: John Hopkins
Nickname: Hopper
Nationality: American
Team: Crescent Suzuki
Machine: Suzuki GSX-R1000 (#21)
Born: May 22, 1983 in Ramona, California
John Hopkins was a MotoGP rookie in 2002 - the youngster from California joined the elite racers of the world after cutting his teeth for three seasons in the AMA. In those three seasons he managed to earn two championships, the 750 Super Sport Title in 2000 and the Formula Xtreme Title in 2001.

Now a seasoned veteran of Grand Prix, Hopkins helped to develop the GSV-R for Suzuki, hoping that his hard work will someday payoff. A new sponsor in 2006 had the Suzuki MotoGP squad feeling optimistic but after a solid if frustrating season in 2006, where he tied with Toni Elias at 116 points but lost ninth-place overall by virtue of the fact that Elias managed a win, the writing was on the wall that change was coming his way.

We had a feeling that zero in career podiums would change at some point in 2007, because Hopper was just too talented and bound for some good luck. Turns out we were right, because he got his long-awaited first career GP podium at Shanghai. Hopper then backed it up with three more rostrum visits in '07 and an overall fourth-place finish in the points.

The Hopper gets his first taste of the podium. - Shanghai
2007 marked Hopkins' first GP
podium which was the begining
of his best MotoGP season.
In 2008 Hopper's long-time Suzuki connection disappeared, forcing the American to relocate to Kawasaki. The American posted four top-10 finishes, including a fifth-place result in Portugal, before fracturing his ankle at Assen. He eventually finished 16th overall in the championship, and was left without a ride in MotoGP when Kawasaki announced it was pulling out of GP racing because of the global financial crisis.
 
In 2009 Hopkins secured a mid-season ride with Stiggy Racing Honda in the World Superbike series. It would be a difficult year for him, however, as multiple injuries – including a horrific crash at Nurburgring that left him unconscious for 10 minutes – culminated in another bad season. The following year Hopkins returned to racing in the United States AMA SuperBike series where he experienced mediocre results with M4 Monster Suzuki. In 2011 he competed in British Superbike and went on to lose the championship by just 0.006 seconds in the final round after winning five races and 11 podiums.
 
In 2012 Hopkins campaigned the World Superbike Championship, piloting a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for FIXI Crescent Suzuki. He missed the first round of competition at Phillip Island after breaking his hand during practice, but was able to get back in the game for Round 2 at Imola. His 13-DNF result at the Italian circuit was a harbinger of the season to come, which was plagued with all manner of technical failures and crashes. Hopkins only broke into the top-10 once during the entire season, with a ninth-place finish in Race 1 at Moscow Raceway. During preparations for the final round at Magny-Cours, the American decided not to race at all due to pain from a lingering hip injury which he incurred mid-season. After the 2012 championship wrapped, Hopkins announced that he would sit out 2013 entirely in order to rehabilitate and to consider the next steps in his career.

Hopkins revealed in late October 2013 that he would return to race the 2014 British Superbike Championship with Tyco Suzuki.
John Hopkins Career Highlights
2012 - 19th World Superbike - Suzuki
2011 - 2nd British Superbike - Suzuki
2011 - 19th World Superbike - Suzuki
2011 - 21st MotoGP - Suzuki
2010 - 10th AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2009 - 23rd World Superbike - Injured - Honda
2008 - 16th MotoGP - Injured - Kawasaki
2007 - 4th MotoGP - Suzuki
2006 - 10th MotoGP - Suzuki
2005 - 14th MotoGP - Suzuki
2004 - 16th MotoGP - Suzuki
2003 - 17th MotoGP - Suzuki
2002 - 15th MotoGP - Yamaha
2001 - 8th AMA 600 Supersport - Suzuki
2001 - 1st AMA Formula Xtreme - Suzuki
2000 - 1st AMA 750 Supersport - Suzuki
2000 - 6th AMA Formula Xtreme - Suzuki
1999 - 22nd AMA 750 Supersport - Suzuki
1999 - 1st GSX-R600 Suzuki Cup - Suzuki
1999 - 1st AMA Aprilia RS250 Cup - Aprilia
 
John Hopkins News
John Hopkins Out for 2013
Sunday, October 07, 2012
John Hopkins has decided to sit out the 2013 World Superbike season to help regain full physical fitness and reexamine his goals in professional motorcycle racing.
John Hopkins Returns at Miller WSB Round
Thursday, May 17, 2012
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's John Hopkins will return to the World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park in America on May 28th.
Injured Hopkins to Miss Donington
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Crecent Fixi Suzuki rider John Hopkins will miss the upcoming World Superbike races at Donington, the American recovering from a broken foot at Monza.
Hopkins Breaks His Foot at Monza
Monday, May 07, 2012
John Hopkins of Crescent FIXI Suzuki broke his foot in a crash during the first race at Monza in Round 4 of 2012 World Superbike.
John Hopkins Set for Imola SBK Return
Monday, March 26, 2012
Crescent Fixi Suzuki's John Hopkins has been given the all-clear by his hand surgeon for this weekend's World Superbike Championship at Imola in Italy.
John Hopkins Plans Return at Imola WSB
Friday, February 17, 2012
Scheduled to miss the opening race of the 2012 World Superbike Championship, Suzuki's John Hopkins is planning his return at Imola.
Hopkins Breaks Hand in WSB Test Crash
Monday, February 13, 2012
American John Hopkins has broken his hand during the first day of World Superbike testing at Phillip Island.
John Hopkins has Fingertop Amputated
Sunday, January 15, 2012
John Hopkins recently underwent an operation to amputate the top of his middle finger following complications after his crash at the Brno MotoGP race in 2011.
John Hopkins to Crescent Suzuki WSB
Saturday, November 19, 2011
American John Hopkins will contest the 2012 World Superbike Championship at Crescent Suzuki alongside new teammate, Leon Camier.
Injuries Stymie Hopkins and Spies at Sepang
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The 18-round MotoGP series continues to grind down the paddock with injury, as Ben Spies and wild card entry John Hopkins are forced to withdraw at Sepang.
John Hopkins to Race Sepang MotoGP
Thursday, September 29, 2011
John Hopkins will re-join the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team as a wild-card rider in Sepang for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
John Hopkins Undergoes More Surgery
Monday, September 19, 2011
John Hopkins is undergoing more surgery following his MotoGP crash in the Czech Republic which seriously damaged the American's hand.
Hopkins Leads British Superbike Points
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
American John Hopkins sees his history-making British Superbike campaign improve, taking the points lead with a double victory at Donington.
John Hopkins Undergoes Surgery
Friday, August 19, 2011
Following his recent crash and injury at the Brno circuit, American John Hopkins underwent surgery on the third finger of his right hand to correct a break and dislocation.
Hopkins on Brno MotoGP Crash and Injury
Monday, August 15, 2011
Wild-card rider John Hopkins discusses his crash during practice at Brno circuit and points blame at himself for his injury.
Hopkins Keeps Busy with Wild Cards
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
John Hopkins is making history in the British Superbike series, but the American’s schedule gets even busier with World Superbike and MotoGP wild cards on the way.
John Hopkins Reunites with Rizla Suzuki
Friday, July 22, 2011
Rizla Suzuki announced BSB rider John Hopkins will race for the team at the upcoming Brno round of the MotoGP World Championship.
Hopkins Passes on Honda   Yamaha GP Rides
Monday, June 06, 2011
A long time MotoGP rider and now British Superbike competitor, John Hopkins already has one GP wild card this season but the American has reputedly turned down wild card offers from Yamaha and Honda.
John Hopkins First American to Score BSB Win
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
John Hopkins made history with his British Superbike win at Oulton Park, the first victory for the American in 10 years.
John Hopkins Interview: Jerez MotoGP
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Motorcycle USA talks to John Hopkins about his surprising return to MotoGP, the upcoming British Superbike campaign and his re-dedication to the sport of motorcycle racing in this exclusive interview.
John Hopkins to Return to Rizla Suzuki
Monday, March 28, 2011
After last riding for the squad in 2007, John Hopkins will return to the Rizla Suzuki team for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.
Hopkins Signs with Suzuki BSB Squad
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Former MotoGP rider John Hopkins has signed with Crescent Suzuki to campaign the 2011 season in British Superbike.
Hopkins to  Race AMA: What Do You Think
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Former MotoGP and World Superbike rider John Hopkins returns to his American racing roots and will officially be riding for the M4 Monster Suzuki team in the 2010 American Superbike Series.
Hopkins Joins Team M4 Monster Suzuki
Saturday, January 30, 2010
John Hopkins has joined Martin Cardenas and the Team M4 Monster Suzuki for the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing series.
Hopkins Back in MotoGP
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
American John Hopkins returns to MotoGP for 2010 aboard the newly-formed FB Corse team.
John Hopkins to World Superbike on Honda
Friday, March 20, 2009
Former Kawasaki MotoGP rider John Hopkins has found a new home in World Superbike racing for the Stiggy Motorsports Honda team.
MotoGP Hopkins Surgery a Success
Friday, December 05, 2008
Kawasaki rider John Hopkins had surgery to remove plates in his left ankle and foot.
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