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Hofmann happy with first day

Hofmann happy with first day

Hofmann happy with first day

Reaction from Welkom: Kawasaki

Alex Hofmann: "This is my first visit to Welkom since 2001, so this morning's session was spent relearning my way around the circuit and familiarising myself with the track conditions. The track here is pretty bumpy, which is a problem when you're trying to get on the gas early out of the turns.

"You have to accept the fact that the bumps mean you're not going to get the usual feedback from the rear of the bike, but you still have to try and find the limit - it's a confidence thing. The track surface is a minor problem, but then it's the same for everyone.

"This afternoon we tested two rear tyres that we thought might be good for Sunday's race, before getting down to the business of setting a fast qualifying time. It was important to set a good time today, as the forecast for tomorrow is for rain.

"Fortunately, I managed to find a clear space on the track during my last qualifying run and ended up 11th fastest. It's been fun actually racing against people today, and I am really looking forward to the rest of the weekend."

Shinya Nakano: "I was able to run in the top ten during morning practice, but as everyone started to up the pace towards the end of the session we didn't have the set up on the bike that I needed to match their fastest times. Unfortunately, the same was also true during qualifying this afternoon.

"After running in the top ten for most of the session, I dropped down the timesheet as everyone improved their times on qualifying tyres towards the end. But, having said that, we are not so far off the top ten and I am confident that the changes we make to the bike tonight will allow me to improve both my lap time and my grid position during tomorrow's final qualifying session.

"My only concern at the moment is about the weather tomorrow, as the forecast is for rain. That would not be so good for us, but I guess we will just have to see how things turn out. Overall, I am fairly happy with how things have gone today and I'm really enjoying riding the bike here."

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