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Alex Hofmann tests for Proton KR

Alex Hofmann tests for Proton KR

Alex Hofmann tests for Proton KR

Alex Hofmann made a surprise appearance at Team Proton KR tests at the Almeria circuit in Spain. The former 250 rider joined up with the squad owned by former 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts Sr. as they prepared for next weekend´s Gran Premio Cinzano d´Italia. Hofmann, a former 250cc German Champion who competed in the World Championship during the last three seasons, made 15 laps of the twisty circuit as he attempted to revive interest in his potential as a Grand Prix rider.

`It was my first time on a MotoGP bike and it was very impressive,´ he said. `It is the kind of bike I like, with more power on the rear, and for me it would be better to aim for MotoGP in the future, because of how tall I am.´

Hofmann, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Saturday, finished twelfth in the 250cc World Championship last season when he rode as team-mate to female rider Katja Poensgen. He equalled his best ever finish with seventh place at his home Grand Prix and scored points at nine of the sixteen races.

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