Hopkins Linked to New MotoGP Team
Hopkins linked to new MotoGP team
John Hopkins will reportedly return to MotoGP with the new FB Corse team.
Racing news site GPOne.com reports the Italian team signed the Ramona, Calif., native to develop a new three-cylinder prototype race bike. The triple was developed by Oral Engineering and originally part of BMWs aborted MotoGP program. That news was later denied by Hopkins manager who said negotiations were ongoing.
FB Corse has not officially entered into the 2010 MotoGP Championship, but the team may enter select races as a wildcard entry. Hopkins is expected to begin testing the bike in January before appearing at FB Corses official introduction, Jan. 21, 2010.
With FB Corse, Hopkins will have a chance to turn around his career which has been hampered by a series of misfortunes. On top of his injuries, Hopkins previous two teams, Stiggy Honda and Kawasaki s MotoGP team, folded due to the weak global economy.
FB Corse also announced the signing of Simone Gorztkj who will compete in five rounds of the new Moto2 series.