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Hofmann flying the flag for Germany

Hofmann flying the flag for Germany

Hofmann flying the flag for Germany

Alex Hofmann returns to Germany this weekend carrying his country's biggest hopes of a competitive home performance in the MotoGP class for years. The 24 year old Kawasaki rider has enjoyed an encouraging start to the season, with points scoring finishes in the last four consecutive rounds, and says he is looking forward to enjoying the unique atmosphere of the Sachsenring as a full time MotoGP rider for the first time this weekend.

"In general I think Sachsenring is the biggest race for us, and we have to get prepared," says Hofmann, who rides for the Fuchs Kawasaki team led by fellow German Harald Eckl. "The circuit should also fit our bike so I hope that we can go for a good result there. I think the fans are great there, they are totally crazy, but it's the most popular place for motorcycle racing in Germany so that's why they go there. It's just amazing the sport there.

"I know it from 1998 when I went there for the first time as a wildcard, and everybody was just cheering for me, I didn't even know because we used to race with 2,000 people in the German championship and then there were 100,000.

"It's great racing there, for sure it's hard work because people want a little piece of you. But I love racing there and I can't wait to go and have the fans on my back."

To listen to the rest of this exclusive interview and catch Hofmann's thoughts on the results of his rookie season so far, click on the link at the top of the page.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, VELTINS MOTORRAD GP DEUTSCHLAND

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