Hopkins: 'I want to get back into MotoGP'

BSB runner-up puts himself in the shop window

JOHN Hopkins has said he wants to be back in MotoGP 'full-time'.

Hopkins, runner-up to Tommy Hill in this year's British Superbike championship, will be racing on a second Suzuki alongside Alvaro Bautista at this weekend's Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang.

Hopkins said: "I’m heading to Sepang with only MotoGP on my mind! When I went to Brno I was still in the middle of the BSB season and that was my main priority, but now I am totally focused on doing the best I can for Rizla Suzuki, the team and myself. I want to get back into MotoGP full-time and I cannot wait to get on the bike and show what I can do. I’ve seen Álvaro’s performances in recent races and the GSV-R looks like a great piece of kit now, it seems like the factory and the crew have done a good job and I just can’t wait to get on it. My finger is still sore, but that won’t hold me back, I’m so happy to be back here and it’s where I want to stay!”

With more bums than seats for factory rides and with Suzuki still yet to commit to next year's MotoGP championship, Hopkins is fast running out of options. Perhaps the rumoured Paul Bird CRT team will be an option for Hopkins.