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Hofmann on his way back to MotoGP action

Hofmann on his way back to MotoGP action

Hofmann on his way back to MotoGP action

Alex Hofmann is set to return to the track in just over a week's time for the Gran Premio Alice d'Italia after missing the last three rounds of the MotoGP World Championship.

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider has been out of action since injuring himself during a promotional riding event in the run-up to the Portuguese GP in Estoril. Whilst riding at a speed of around 40 kilometres per hour, the unlucky German highsided his Ninja ZX-RR. Riding with cold tyres and on rough terrain, Hoffman was unable to control his machine and came off, landing on his left arm.

Hoffman, who will turn 25 tomorrow, fractured the scaphoid in his left wrist and sustained a hairline fracture to the bottom of the ulna – injuries which have sidelined him for over a month.

This week he's getting ready for his comeback in the Gran Premio Alice d'Italia in Mugello, to take place in just over a week's time.

"My plaster cast was finally removed yesterday in Munich," explained Hofmann. "The doctors checked my injury and the screw that was inserted. The scaphoid looks ok – it's a kind of fracture that takes a lot of time to consolidate, about ten or twelve weeks, but after five weeks of rest, I'm now able to ride again."

"At the moment I'm still in Germany doing some physiotherapy and trying to regain wrist movement. Despite this injury, I have tried to stay as fit as possible, going to the Red Bull Centre in Austria. Now I can focus on my wrist, even if it's just focusing on the movement at first, but I hope to be in good shape at the Mugello."

Missing three consecutive races has proved to be an ordeal for the German rider, and he is now more eager than ever to ride his ZX-RR.

"It's always tough when you have to sit around and watch the other riders on the track, so I'm glad to be on my way back," expressed the German, who was substituted by Olivier Jacque in China and France. "Mugello is one of my favourite Grand Prix, so it's good to be able to go there. It's nice place and I like the track, I hope to make a good comeback there!"

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAN PREMIO ALICE D'ITALIA

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