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John Hopkins recovering from surgery

By Sean Alexander, Jan. 27, 2004
RAMONA, Calif. ~ Suzuki MotoGP rider John Hopkins is recovering from surgery on both ankles injured Saturday, Jan. 24, in a practice session for the Suzuki Crossover Challenge held during the AMA THQ Supercross Series race at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Hopkins came up short on a jump and injured both ankles.

Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Ting performed the surgery on Hopkins yesterday. It is expected that the young rider will be walking within two or three days and will be able resume his cardio vascular training on a bicycle next week.

"It was an unfortunate incident," Hopkins said. "I practice motocross riding almost everyday. It's a big part of my training. I thought it would be fun to participate in this exhibition race sponsored by Suzuki in my hometown area. I feel bad for my team since this could potentially keep me from a couple of tests. It's certainly been a learning experience.

Hopkins plans to return to testing as soon as possible. He's hopeful to be 100% for the upcoming tests in Phillip Island on February 23.

The Californian promises to be fit and ready to race the all new Suzuki GSV-R by the time the MotoGP season opens in South Africa on April 18.
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