John Hopkins was back in action on a MotoGP bike today in Qatar. Hopper is travelling with his old Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team for the opening round of the 2011 MotoGP season in a PR capacity.
As part of a filming event at the Losail circuit, Hopper was able to get on the 2011 Suzuki GSV-R for a few laps of the track – he even got to put his number 21 on the front.
Alvaro Bautista will reclaim his bike tomorrow as testing begins in earnest
John Hopkins said:
“It’s really good to have been given this opportunity and it’s just been great to be here! It feels really cool to be back out and riding on a GP bike, even if it was just for filming it was still a lot of fun. I did start to get a decent feeling on the bike and it still feels awesome, even with the minimal amount of laps we were doing. It would be great to race the Suzuki in a MotoGP event, so hopefully I can have some success in BSB and get the chance to go for it in a Grand Prix again sometime in the future. My ultimate goal is to get back to MotoGP, but for now my full focus is on doing the best I can in the British Superbike championship with the Samsung Crescent team. I’ve really enjoyed today and I am very grateful to Rizla Suzuki for giving me the chance to be here – and thanks to Álvaro for letting me use one of his Rizla bikes.”
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