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Hofmann satisfied with another top ten

Hofmann satisfied with another top ten

Hofmann satisfied with another top ten

Alex Hofman said he was satisfied with his second top ten finish of the season at Motegi last Sunday but admitted he would prefer to be matching the performances of his Kawasaki team-mate Shinya Nakano and be battling for podium finishes.

Hofmann struggled with the set-up of his ZX-RR in qualifying and, after starting from nineteenth on the grid, admitted that tenth place was more than he could have hoped for before the race.

"It was a tough race and if you'd have offered me tenth place on Saturday afternoon after qualifying I would have taken it," said Hofmann. "After the first corner crash it took a few laps for everyone to settle down and I was in a tight group of riders but it was difficult to pass because I didn't really find a good set-up for front-end braking stability over the weekend.

"I really had to push my front tyre too much early in the race and, towards the end, I just wanted to make sure I finished. It was great to see Shinya on the podium though - he did a great job. It shows what is possible with the Ninja ZX-RR and I hope to be up there soon myself."

With rumours already flying about potential rider transfers at the end of the season, Fuchs Kawasaki Team Manager Harald Eckl expressed his confidence in Hofmann. "Alex rode consistently to be tenth, but he struggled to find his best rhythm this weekend and we understand this," said Eckl. "His time will come."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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