Hopkins Questionable for Racing at Brno

07/17/2009 @ 1:30 am, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT


Despite being 6th fastest in today’s World Superbike testing at Imola, Italy, John Hopkins may not be at Brno in two weeks, when WSBK takes up racing again. After yesterday’s off, Hopkins was in pain through out the night, and after this mornings testing session, the American had some X-rays taken of his leg.

After looking at the results of his X-ray, doctors here in the US determined that Hopkin’s bones were not developing calcium deposits properly, and diagnosed him with osteoporosis. This finding leaves some doubt as to whether Hopper will be on his Honda at Brno, since a crash there would likely have dire consequences on his body in its current state.

The WSBK ranks were diminished further today as Max Neukirchner fractured a vertabre in his back after high-siding on the Imola circuit. Hoping to make a comeback into WSBK, Neukirchner will have to spend some time laid up in a cast in order to heal. His return to WSBK this season remains doubtful, but with motorcycle racers you can never know.

The rest of the second day of testing at Imola saw Johnny Rea take the top spot on the leaderboard, still followed by Michel Fabrizio and Ben Spies.

Combined times from Day 1 and Day 2 of World Superbike testing at Imola, Italy:

165J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’48.670
284M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’48.847
319B. SpiesYamaha YZF R11’49.262
457L. LanziDucati 1098R1’49.309
566T. SykesYamaha YZF R11’49.422
6121J. HopkinsHonda CBR1000RR1’49.443
7111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’49.467
891L. HaslamHonda CBR1000RR1’49.555
967S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’49.577
1056S. NakanoAprilia RSV4 Factory1’49.645
117C. ChecaHonda CBR1000RR1’49.736
129R. KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR1’50.226
1314M. LagriveHonda CBR1000RR1’50.265
143M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 Factory1’50.310
15100M. TamadaKawasaki ZX 10R1’50.414
1610F. NietoDucati 1098R1’50.423
1711T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’50.486
1871Y. KagayamaSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’50.518
1923B. ParkesKawasaki ZX 10R1’50.583
2053A. PolitaSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’50.743
2176M. NeukirchnerSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’51.077
2277V. IannuzzoHonda CBR1000RR1’52.547