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:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time
1 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1’48.670
2 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1’48.847
3 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1’49.262
4 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1’49.309
5 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1’49.422
6 121 J. Hopkins Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.443
7 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1’49.467
8 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.555
9 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1’49.577
10 56 S. Nakano Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’49.645
11 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.736
12 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1’50.226
13 14 M. Lagrive Honda CBR1000RR 1’50.265
14 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’50.310
15 100 M. Tamada Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’50.414
16 10 F. Nieto Ducati 1098R 1’50.423
17 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1’50.486
18 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’50.518
19 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’50.583
20 53 A. Polita Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’50.743
21 76 M. Neukirchner Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’51.077
22 77 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1’52.547