There seems to be a back and forth going on as to whether John Hopkins will be riding with FB Corse at a limited number of MotoGP events this year. First there was the announcement that was picked up by major reporters and even some racing sponsors which slotted the American with the Italian team.
However when the news reached Bob Moore, Hoppers manager, he flat out denied that Hopkins had signed anything, and that they were still considering offers including a ride in the AMA. Now Italian site MotoBlog.it, which has been well connected to the FB Corse team from day one, is again saying the American will be in the riders seat at the team’s unveiling later this month.
Spanish news site Motociclismo.es, places Hopper as still not signing with team FB Corse, but says the American will be traveling to Italy to watch FB Corse test rider Luca Cadalora test the MotoGP machine.
Both of these sites seem to suggest that Hopper riding on the formerly BMW powered machine as a done deal, but with the deal still waiting to actually be done. We’re not sure what’s holding both parties back from completing an agreement, but geography may be playing a factor.
More on this story as we get it.