Posted: 08 Oct 2012
As we reported at the end of September, it was on the grapevine that Moto GP star and WSBK rider John Hopkins was set to retire at the end of the 2012 season… and it seems our suspicions were correct with the announcement being made this weekend at Magny Cours.
The final round at Magny Cours saw Hopkins withdraw after the first session on Saturday due to the track proving too much to handle for his severely damaged hip from an earlier high-side at Monza.
On top of his hip injury Hopkins has suffered a lot of bad luck in the 2012 season including: a finger-top amputation, corrective surgery, a severe infection and eventual amputation of the whole finger. Having undergone 29 operations at just 29 years of age, John Hopkins managed to miss just one round this season.
Having been placed fourth in the Moto GP championship in 2007 and some memorable performances in BSB in 2011, it has been a bitter pill to swallow for him not to be up there as he was before he was plagued with injury.
It is rumoured he will be having a full hip replacement in his year off but official wording is he is returning home for ‘further tests and repair evaluations’.
We wish him all the best, a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back at the top of the table where he belongs in 2014.