Hopkins Out For Season?

Paul Carruthers | September 10, 2009

Stiggy Honda’s John Hopkins may miss the rest of the World Superbike season after undergoing three surgeries at Dr. Arthur Ting’s office in Fremont, California, this week, according to an e-mail from Hopkins.”I’ve just completed full medical checks and a total of three surgeries up here at Ting’s in Fremont for torn ligaments and tendons in my left shoulder, scaffoid damage and bone separation in my right wrist that required the bones to be fused,” Hopkins said in the e-mail. “Also had tendons repaired in my bad hip and 33ccs of nasty fluid drained! Lastly, I was knocked out for 16 minutes in the crash and CAT scans revealed I had bruising and bleeding on the brain, which will need to be reviewed over the next few weeks with no dangerous activity for the next six to eight weeks leaving me to most likely to miss the rest of the season. If I didn’t have bad luck I wouldn’t have any at all… Anyways just wanted to let you know my wife and I have started a visual diary and video channel on my website [www.johnhopkins21.com] with updates every week regarding my road to recovery and plans for my future. If you wanted to put up a link or post that would be great. Thanks, man, and talk to ya soon.”Hopkins was involved in a first-lap crash with Broc Parkes and Makado Tamada in the German round of the series on Sunday, with Hopkins getting run over in the melee. He is currently 20th in the World Superbike point standings in his debut season of World Superbike racing.

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Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.