Fixi Suzuki's John Hopkins has never ridden at Monza and will roll on to the hallowed tarmac for the first time in Friday's opening World Superbike free practice session.
The American has had a difficult start to the season, with injuries and poor tyre choices but says he can learn circuits pretty well and believes the Italian track is fairly straighforward...
“Funnily enough, I have never ridden at Monza before, so I will have to start the weekend learning the track. Normally I am a quick learner and, because I have watched a lot of TV footage of the track, I don’t see any big problems. Apart from the chicanes, it looks pretty straightforward. As long as it’s dry, I reckon I can get it dialled in pretty easily," said Hopkins.
“After the last race, I had absolutely no problems with my hand at all. Since then, I’ve been mountain biking and doing some motocross and the hand has been good. I felt very comfortable on the Crescent FIXI Suzuki in Assen and was just happy to be out there riding and getting to know the bike better. Now I’m looking forward to Monza and getting my best results of the season so far.”