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GP Week : Issue 29
Hopper escapes the chopper TROUBLED and oft-injured Kawasaki rider John Hopkins will escape the sack from Kawasaki, and will see out his two-year contract to the end of 2009, contrary to rumours at Indianapolis that the Anglo-American was to be dropped from the factory team. His offence came at Misano, where he missed the first day of practice altogether, then had a downbeat weekend, finishing 14th, behind his luckless team-mate Anthony West. The team gave the official reason as a rib injury, aggravated in “a light training session”the previous evening, but paddock gossip contradicted this, with tales of a spectacular drinking binge following a major row with his British wife Ashleigh. Hopkins repeated his 14th place at the rain- soaked and shortened Indy GP, and there were strong rumours that Japanese team bosses were on the verge of terminating his contract, which had one more year to run. But his manager Bob Moore was able to act as peacemaker, and told newsmen: “We have cleared everything up.” Meanwhile, Anthony West, dropped from the team in favour of Marco Melandri after a year of dire results, dubbed Kawasaki “unfair” for the action. “It’s a bit unfair, because the bike hasn’t been up to being able to do any good in the races. Even Hopkins is struggling. If he was winning races and I was last then I could understand, but he’s in the back with me, and it’s hard work,”he said. 14