With just a week to go until the next-to-last round of the 2011 British Superbike Championship, Samsung Suzuki’s John Hopkins has had to undergo more surgery on his hand, but he vows to be fit for the Silverstone round.Hopkins won both races at Donington Park last weekend to take over the lead in the British Superbike Championship, but his had a lot of pain in his fingers over the course of the weekend.
“There was a lot of pain in my fingers at Donington Park and I knew it wasn’t right and in fact I was very worried I’d aggravated the injury,” Hopkins said in a team release. “So I rushed back to see my surgeon on the Monday. The X-rays showed that my middle finger wasn’t locating properly in the second knuckle. Fortunately, the bone area that had previously been crushed was now nicely healed and so my surgeon was able to put in screws and plates so as to stabilize the finger.”I could feel straight away that the finger was much stronger and it’s improved every day since. I’m now very confident that I’ll be able to ride at near-enough 100% at Silverstone next weekend.”Hopkins suffered the injury when he crashed the Rizla Suzuki during practice for the Czech Grand Prix in August.