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Alex Hofmann looking for points on MotoGP return

Alex Hofmann looking for points on MotoGP return

Alex Hofmann looking for points on MotoGP return

After visiting the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Barcelona as a special guest of Germany´s RTL television station, Fuchs Kawasaki Racing Team test rider Alex Hofmann is in the right mood for his own return to racing action. The 22-year-old German, who went through an extensive tyre testing schedule over the course of the past six months, will enter this weekend´s Gran Premio Marlboro de España in Jerez aboard his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, one of up to six MotoGP wildcard races that are planned for Hofmann this year.

`It was quite an experience to be in the Formula 1 paddock,´ said Hofmann. `The top speed of the best F1 cars happened to be exactly the same as the best speed during the official Barcelona MotoGP test session in March. That gave me a chance to explain the difference in corner speed. The F1 cars are much faster thanks to their aerodynamics and to their tyre width, but we make up for it with our looks – a racing motorcycle at full lean angle with the rider´s knee scraping along the kerbs is definitely a more spectacular sight!´

Hofmann´s team-mates Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt have finished outside the point rankings in this season´s two races so far, but Hofmann is hopeful of breaking into the top fifteen. `I haven´t raced since the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring last year, where I finished tenth as a replacement rider on a 500 two-stroke. After more than 20 days and 4000 kilometres of testing, I can´t wait to race in Jerez. My goal is to challenge my colleagues within the green force, and, with a little luck, to take some points!´

MotoGP, 2003

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