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Hofmann all set for racing return at Mugello

Hofmann all set for racing return at Mugello

Hofmann all set for racing return at Mugello

Alex Hofmann will make his return to the Kawasaki Racing Team for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, having now recovered from the injuries he sustained in a crash during a promotional event seven weeks ago.

Hofmann, who celebrated his 25th birthday just a week ago, suffered a fractured ulna and scaphoid in his left wrist when he was highsided from his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR in Estoril during a MotoGP parade.

The factory Kawasaki rider underwent a rigorous fitness assessment on Wednesday evening at Mugello before being given the green light to race this weekend by Kawasaki's MotoGP Project Leader, Kenichi Furuhashi, and Kawasaki Team Manager, Harald Eckl.

But while a fitness assessment is a good indicator of a rider's ability to race, it is difficult for medical clinicians to replicate the physical demands of racing a 250BHP MotoGP machine. Hofmann will only find out if he is truly fit to race when he takes to the track aboard his Ninja ZX-RR for the opening practice session on Friday morning.

"I've spent seven weeks preparing for this weekend, working with my doctor and physiotherapist to ensure that I was ready to make my return to racing at Mugello," commented Hofmann.

"I've done everything possible to make sure I'm fit for this race, but racing a MotoGP bike at a track like Mugello is physically demanding, and I'll only really find out if all the preparation has been successful when I take to the track on Friday morning. I'm fairly confident that everything will be fine, and I'm definitely looking forward to racing the bike again after such a long lay off."

On standby, should Hofmann's recently healed injuries cause him problems during Friday's practice session, is Kawasaki super-sub, Olivier Jacque. The Frenchman will be at Mugello and also at Catalunya, where he will test for Kawasaki immediately after the Gran Premi Gauloises de Catalunya.

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

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