Hopkins was close to racing at Laguna

Hopper almost made a MotoGP wildcard comeback this weekend

JOHN Hopkins revealed yesterday that he'd been offered a chance to ride in MotoGP at Laguna Seca this weekend, however this hasn't worked out. 

Hopper posted on Twitter: "For the last 36hrs or so it looked as if I might have actually been racing in MotoGP at Laguna Seca this weekend as a replacement rider..."

"Although I haven't ridden a race bike since Magny Cours 2012, I no doubt still would've loved to give it a go & gave it everything I had!"

"Unfortunately plans only recently fell through due to a few reasons but it felt great & I was honored to still be considered for the job!!!"

Despite Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo both recovering from collarbone injuries, they have both announced they will be riding at this weekends US Grand Prix subject to medical tests. 

Therefore, the only remaining bike would have been Andrea Iannone's Energy T.I. Pramac Ducati. Iannone dislocated his shoulder at the Sachsenring last weekend after a crash in FP4. He's been advised to rest for at least two weeks to allow the bruising to subside and unfortunately has withdrawn from his first US Grand Prix.

Although Hopkins' last full season in MotoGP was in 2008, he returned in April 2011 at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez as a temporary replacement for Alvaro Bautista in the Rizla Suzuki team.

John Hopkins is currently taking a year off to recover from a hip replacement due to a heavy crash at Monza in 2012, but whilst he visited the MotoGP paddock in May at Le Mans, he announced that he would be testing again within two months. 

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