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Hofmann warms up for Sepang test with Scalextric

Hofmann warms up for Sepang test with Scalextric

Hofmann warms up for Sepang test with Scalextric

Following the UK launch of the new Scalextric MotoGP game with Neil Hodgson and Chaz Davies in London last week, this weekend it was German rider Alex Hofmann's chance to get in some extra preseason testing with the miniature models. The Kawasaki rider, who heads to Sepang to test the Ninja ZX-RR this week, was on hand at the Nürnberg Spielwarenmesse, the largest toy fair in Europe, to take control of Loris Capirossi's Ducati and Nicky Hayden's Honda - although it's unlikely he learnt much about the opposition given that the bikes were only 10cm high!

With his Fuchs Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR providing a suitable backdrop on the Scalextric stand, Hofmann wasted no time in getting to grips with the slot racing version of MotoGP, which features highly detailed 1/18th scale replicas of the top 16 bikes and riders in the MotoGP World Championship.

If the assembled Scalextric dealers were expecting a virtuoso performance from the 23-year-old then they were to be disappointed, as controlling a scale model of a MotoGP machine proved much harder for Hofmann than the real thing. On a positive note, the former European 250cc Champion did get plenty of exercise retrieving the scale model bikes from the floor after numerous crashes, before finally admitting defeat and swapping his hand throttle for a marker pen and heading off to sign posters for visitors to the show.

"Maybe I should stick to the real thing in future because this is definitely a lot harder than it looks," declared Hofmann, after yet another crash brought about by over enthusiastic use of the hand throttle. "I can see I'm going to have to get some practice in between now and the start of the season, as I guess this is going to be a popular way of passing the time in the paddock this year."

MotoGP, 2003

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