ALEX LOWES EXCELS DESPITE TOUGH COMPETITION AT CROFT

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Alex Lowes  swept to a brace of wins in the Evo class at Croft but despite producing a pair of fantastic rides on his WFR Honda the Lincoln rider insisted he was frustrated he could not finish higher than fifth and 11th overall at the North Yorkshire venue. The incident-packed race one, which was run in wet-dry conditions, saw an intermediate tyre-shod Lowes run as high as third … [Read more...]

STRONG SECOND ROW START FOR HOPKINS

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John Hopkins will start from fifth place on the grid for tomorrow’s French Grand Prix, following an impressive practice and qualifying performance today. The Rizla Suzuki racer signalled his intentions in this morning's final free practice session by posting the fastest time. He also led the way with the highest amount of laps, as the hard-working Anglo-American circulated the 4.180km French … [Read more...]

PODIUM FINISH FOR HOPKINS IN CHINA

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John Hopkins secured his first MotoGP podium at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai today, as he stormed his Rizla Suzuki home in third place - a result that also moves him into the top five in the MotoGP Championship. Hopkins started from the front row of the grid and got off to a great start. He then traded places with Marco Melandri and Dani Pedrosa early on, before getting away from them and … [Read more...]

HOPKINS ON TOP IN SHANGHAI

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John Hopkins stormed his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R to the top of the timesheets on the first day of practice for Sunday’s Grand Prix of China. Hopkins (2’01.204, 44 laps) showed his intentions for this weekend’s race during this morning’s first practice session, as the Anglo-American ace was consistently in first place – only being edged into second in the closing moments by Championship … [Read more...]

HOPKINS CRASHES OUT ON PODIUM PACE

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins saw his hopes of a podium dashed today as he crashed out from fourth place during the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. Hopkins had been involved in a 13-lap battle with World Champion Nicky Hayden, and had just managed to get past him and begin to chase down the front three when disaster struck on lap 17. Suzuki’s Anglo-American star lost grip at the front … [Read more...]

FIGHTBACK FOR HOPKINS AT SEPANG

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John Hopkins raced his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R to a superb sixth place at today’s Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang after being relegated to 14th on the first lap. Hopkins started from eighth on the grid but was boxed in at the first corner and was lucky to avoid an incident that saw the two Kawasaki team-mates collide. At the end of the lap one he had moved up to 11th and then set about the task of … [Read more...]

PROMISING FIRST DAY FOR HOPKINS

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins was pleased with his first day’s work at the betandwin.com Motorrad GP Deutschland as he set about erasing last year’s memories by posting some fast times today. Hopkins (P6, 1’23.693, 48 laps) suffered a massive crash at Sachsenring last year and was determined to put it firmly behind him and attack the technical German track with his usual vigour. He … [Read more...]

HOPKINS SECURES POLE FOR RIZLA AT ASSEN

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John Hopkins roared to his first ever pole position at Assen in Holland for tomorrow’s Dutch TT, with team-mate Chris Vermeulen putting his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R on the second row. Anglo-American Hopkins (P1, 1’36.411, 29 laps) has nearly secured the top position many times before but today was his day, as he powered his Bridgestone shod Rizla Suzuki GSV-R to the head of the grid with just … [Read more...]

HOPKINS HEAD THIRD ROW AT MUGELLO

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John Hopkins powered his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R to the head of the third row during today’s qualifying for the Gran Premio d’Italia at Mugello this afternoon. Hopkins (1’49.478) was on a pole-position pace during his last-lap, but eventually the Anglo-American racer was forced to settle for seventh place on the grid. Hopkins used today’s morning free session to search for the best set-up … [Read more...]

Luckless Hopkins crashes out of Le Mans podium fight

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Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins crashed out of today’s Alice Grand Prix de France, when he looked odds on to collect his first ever podium, but the gutsy Anglo-American remounted and still managed to claim a point. Hopkins made a superb start to the race and led for the first four laps, after which he was passed by Valentino Rossi – who was forced to retire later on – and Dani … [Read more...]