After breaking his right foot at the Monza World Superbike round, Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider John Hopkins will make his return to WSBK racing at his home round of Miller Motorsports Park. Hopper broke his right foot and damaged his left hip in a highside crash at Monza, and had to miss the last WSBK round at Donington Park because of the injury, though there was initially hope that Hopkins would be fit in time to race the British round (the home round for the Crescent Racing team).

With Hopper’s hip not healing in time for Donington, doctors back in the United States have given the Anglo-American the green light to race in the American round, which will be held over the Memorial Day weekend outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Hopkins will still need to take a series of painkilling injections to combat the discomfort in both his hip and foot, but is fully-committed to racing in front of his home crowd.

“I was so disappointed to miss Donington Park, where I’m sure I could have been in that crazy fight for the win!” said John Hopkins. “It’s been a really rough ride physically over recent times, and there were some real worries over the hip condition, but I know I have a lot more to give, and that my luck has to change for the better. The team, my family and close friends have been really supportive and I just want to get back into what I know I can do best.

“I am fully committed to racing at Miller and I will be doing everything possible from now and up to the race weekend to ensure that I do whatever I can to get the best result possible for FIXI Crescent Suzuki, me and everyone involved,” he added. “It won’t be easy, so I plan to take it step-by-step, enjoy the riding; and build back into it.”

Source: Suzuki Racing

  • Halfie 30

    This man is going to have trouble getting out of bed and walking when he’s 50…. That being said, what a scrapper he’s turned out to be!!!! Good to see him riding for all the right reasons again.

  • Westward

    Hate to say it, but I think short of striking him with a bolt of lightning, a divine power is hinting to this guy to stop. It’s not helping him or the team to have him circulating around the track fighting for 15th position or less. Unlike most sports, this one could stop him permanently.


    I agree with Westward. If he can’t get it through his head that his time is up, then teams should wise up and not sign him, which is what I think the case will be in the future. I can’t believe they thought he would stay healthy for the entire SBK series.

    He has had so many injuries that any fall off a bike causes him to miss races. I know what some of you will say….. “what about last year in BSB?” Blah! Blah! Blah! What else has he done? History repeats itself and unfortunately Hopper’s history is one of crashes and major injury. I am not a “Hopper Hater” but damn…. read the writing on the wall. I hate to say it but I don’t think he’ll stop until he is in a wheelchair or a coffin. Wise Up Hopper!

    We need some Americans in World SBK who can compete for podiums! Any hope out there for us Yanks? Maybe Haden if Ducati doesn’t re-sign him and he gets a decent offer. I do not see much coming out of the States that can compete Internationally