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Hofmann: "It's a really cool feeling to be back"

Hofmann: 'It's a really cool feeling to be back'

Hofmann: "It's a really cool feeling to be back"

For the first time in two months Alex Hofmann joined his factory Kawasaki teammate Shinya Nakano on the track in today's free practice sessions at Mugello.

It was a successful return from injury for the 25-year-old German rider, who completed a total of 36 laps during the two, one-hour sessions, finishing 15th fastest.

Sunday's Italian Grand Prix will only be Hofmann's second race of the season after being sidelined with a fractured ulna and scaphoid in his left wrist, suffered when he fell in a MotoGP parade in Portugal in April.

Hofmann completed today's practise session in a buoyant mood as he rebuilt his confidence aboard his Ninja ZX-RR.

"It's a really cool feeling to be back riding the ZX-RR, it's been a long and difficult time away, especially watching the races on television," commented Hofmann.

"I'm still not completely comfortable with my suspension set-up especially in the fast corners, which is where you can attack on this track and pick-up time. But I'm sure that will come with more time on the bike as I build my confidence. I can still feel an occasional twinge in my wrist and this was only to be expected, but I was able to ride this afternoon without any strapping and I know that come two o'clock on Sunday and the race start I won't be thinking about it."

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

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