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Hofmann finds set-up solutions

Hofmann finds set-up solutions

Hofmann finds set-up solutions

Alex Hofmann says he is looking ahead positively to the next round of the MotoGP season after resolving a major part of the set-up problems he experienced with his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR during the race weekend at Estoril. Hofmann knocked a full second off his lap time in Monday's test after several changes to the suspension and chassis, as well as the introduction of new fuel injection components.

"It's no secret that I struggled with set-up in yesterday's race, so the test today gave us an opportunity to work through a few options in a bid to improve things," said Hofmann, who completed 63 laps of the Portuguese circuit with a best time of 1'39.97.

"The changes definitely seem to have worked, as I was a full second faster today than I was in the race. We also continued to test the new fuel injection parts we first tried on the bike in Brno and there is definitely a lot of potential there. Bridgestone also had some new front and rear tyres for us to test and, again, there was a definite improvement.

"So, overall we've made a lot of progress which will stand us in good stead at Motegi. It's just a pity that circumstances stopped us from making the same progress in time for Sunday's race."

Hofmann fought through the pack to finish thirteenth in the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal despite starting from seventeenth on the grid, but set-up problems ruled out any chance of a top ten finish.

"Right from the start I didn't feel comfortable at all, and I couldn't find a good rhythm on the bike," said Hofmann. "I was forcing myself to get on the pace, but this is not an enjoyable way to go fast and, as a result, I found the first part of the race really tough.

"I had the best set-up we could find after all our problems in practice but, for sure, a weak point for me was a lack of consistent race times. Late in the race I did some good times, but I want to do much better in the remaining races of the season."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL

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