John Hopkins To MotoGP With FB Corse — But Will He Race?…

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John Hopkins To MotoGP FB Corse — But Will He

Submitted by David Emmett on 2009-12-22 11:38

To describe Hopkins’ career since Suzuki as checkered would be to in understatement. Hopper left the of the Suzuki team for a difficult and year with Kawasaki, the Akashi factory decided to out of MotoGP, leaving the American a ride. Hopkins’ next was to the Stiggy Honda team in Superbikes, where he had some before suffering a couple of crashes which put him out of operation for of the season.

Adding insult to injury painfully literally in the case of — came the announcement at the end of the season that Stiggy would be pulling out of racing leaving Hopkins high and dry again.

Fortunately, perhaps, for the Hopkins could yet have a ride for 2010. Hopper had been linked with a to the AMA, but with the US national in its current disastrous state, was perceived as being very the last resort. Yesterday, appears to have come Italy, with the Italian FB team announcing that hoped to finalize a deal Hopkins when he visits for the launch of the team’s new three-cylinder bike in January 21st.

Suzuki FB 50

Hopkins’ role will be as a test rider, as the FB Corse have not been entered as a entry for the 2010 MotoGP but the squad have said they hope to run a number of as a wildcard entry. That was encouraged by the new MotoGP regulations for 2010 by the Grand Prix granting a year’s grace on the use of and hydraulic control systems for all which were not entered the 2010 season.

This was understood to be a concession to FB as the three-cylinder engine — by Oral Engineering, originally for stillborn MotoGP program uses a hydraulically powered gearbox. The team has already that redesigning the clutch and would put them well schedule, and so this concession allow them to actually race experience while to modify the engine to make it for 2011.

The question remains whether is good or bad news for John The move puts Hopkins the right paddock, which is why he made the move. On the minus however, Hopper has a very injury record when on inferior machinery. The American injury after injury the Kawasaki MotoGP bike, as he pushing beyond the limits of the in an attempt to compete with of the field.

Though the FB Corse project is a one, it is extremely unlikely to be If Hopkins can treat the 2010 as purely developmental year and his natural competitiveness, he could be placed for 2011.

Suzuki FB 50
Suzuki FB 50

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