Fan favourite John Hopkins will not take part in the 2018 British Superbike Championship as the injuries he sustained in a Brands Hatch crash last year have proven more complicated that was first thought.
The former Moto Rapido Ducati star went into the air fence at Paddock Hill during qualifying resulting in an extensive stay at a London hospital before he was able to fly back to California. The American had hoped to be fit to race again this year but it is not to be.
“Although finally up and starting to weight bear, I’ve sadly run into complications with my right knee - soft tissue damage and excess scar tissue in the joint,” said Hopkins.
“Still may need more operations and sadly still have a long road to full recovery forcing me to miss the start of the 2018 season. I’m 100 per cent motivated and doing everything possible to ensure full recovery. Thank you to all friends, family, fans and sponsors for their continued support.”
It is believed that Mo’Rap team boss Steve Moore has signed a rider for the 2018 season and will announce ‘once the paperwork is complete’.