Hopkins to race Imola

He's been injury-plagued since last season, but John Hopkins says he will return this weekend at Imola.

Injury-plagued John Hopkins says he’ll be ready to race this weekend at Imola.

The World Superbike racer’s troubles began last season when he broke his right hand’s middle finger at the Brno round. When it wouldn’t heal properly, he ended up having the tip of the injured finger amputated in January.

Then, at the Phillip Island opener to the 2012 season, Hopkins injured his throttle hand again, breaking it in a crash during testing. He’s been out of action since, recovering at home in the U.S., but says he’ll be ready for this weekend’s WSBK round.

“I had been given strict instructions not to do any riding this week, which has been a bit frustrating, but I have occupied my time well with physiotherapy, training and numerous spells in the hyperbaric chamber,” Hopkins says. “All of this has helped me to recover quickly and I have no doubt that I will be as fit as can be in Imola … When I saw the doc on Wednesday, he told me that the bone was fully healed and everything was OK and I could start riding again.”


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