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Johm Hopkins To Join World Superbike

March 19th, 2009

After Kawasaki decided to stop racing MotoGP in the 2009 season, John Hopkins was left without a ride. His 2008 Kawasaki team mate Marco Melandri was lucky enough to join a new MotoGP team – Hayate – but Hopper was left out.

It was just announced that Hopkins would race in World Superbike this year, joining the Stiggy Honda Team in Valencia, riding a CBR1000RR. This is good news for Hopper, but bad news for MotoGP. This means the grid is just down to 18 riders this season. It would be nice to see some more bikes joining the grid, but with Kawasaki dropping out, there are less bikes.

We hope that Hopper does well in his World Superbike contention, and maybe someday he’ll be able to return to MotoGP.

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