ANGLO-AMERICAN John Hopkins is still in the frame for a ride in this season's MotoGP series, despite recent reports the former MotoGP man is heading to American Superbikes.
In a press release aimed at journalists from 'websites on the other side of the ocean' the Italian race team FB Corse has confirmed Hopkins is still the squad's number one option for the vacant MotoGP ride.
Yesterday, Visordown reported the news that Hopkins has been confirmed to test for AMA Superbike team M4 Suzuki (Team Hammer) this coming February 2nd & 3rd. FB Corse's press release states the team know all about Hopper's upcoming test and is happy for the former Stiggy WSB man to take part in the two-day event.
FB Corse’s statement, (translated):
“Following the circulation of a number of partially incorrect news stories regarding our team, which have appeared in the past 24 hours, and fed by conflicting interpretations of certain articles produced by the media (misinformation primarily issuing from websites on the other side of the ocean), FB Corse has been compelled to clarify the situation concerning its commitment to MotoGP. The primary objective of our team and of the John Hopkins remains the same that it has been over the past few months. In addition to remaining in peak physical condition, the rider wanted to maintain his feeling for two wheels on the racetrack, and to satisfy his natural desire to ride a racing motorcycle in his own country. It is possible for this to take place with our approval, as it is in both our interests.
“The Californian’s management, through Bob Moore, joins with FB Corse in reiterating their regret that they have not been able to test the 34100 on a track yet. The primary goal remains to realize the MotoGP project, through the new adventure of the Italian triple. For his part, John himself has said that he remains extremely anxious to test our motorcycle, rather than a bike from a lesser category. The fact that forces outside our control prevent us from taking part in an immediate test, with a rookie rider in MotoGP, does not mean that he has made arrangements to compete in another category in 2010.
“FB Corse would therefore like to underline that the circumstances discussed in the past few days are part of a normal process, agreed between the parties. Our team continues with its ambitious and difficult work, working towards the presentation in Milan, which we hope will take place in the month of February, after the return of Andrea Ferrari (who needs to undergo a minor operation in the next few days), and whose presence is necessary at the launch. We hope that we will be able to settle the curiosity of all those interested in the project at that event.”
Visordown checked out FB Corse's website, which contain's a front page and little else.
Note to FB Corse: Regular news updates on your site would help alleviate unwanted rumour.