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Jul 9, 2001

Hopkins Leaves Today For 500cc Grand Prix Test Session At Brno

John Hopkins and his girlfriend are scheduled to fly from San Diego to Vienna today for a Red Bull Yamaha WCM test session at Brno, Czech Republic, where Hopkins will ride a YZR500 for two days.<BR><BR>Hopkins, who turned 18 in May, may also test with a winning World Superbike team in the fall and has been fielding multiple AMA Superbike offers.<BR><BR>Last year Hopkins tested with Red Bull Yamaha WCM at Brno and after one day--his first time on the bike, at the track and using carbon-fiber brakes--turned times that would have put him 19th on the grid for the Czech Grand Prix.<BR><BR>Factors leading to World Championship factory team interest in Hopkins include the fact that he has won on a Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki GSX-R1000 in AMA Formula Xtreme and that he has extensive experience on Michelin slicks.