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Nakano and Hofmann reinvigorated for Brno

Nakano and Hofmann reinvigorated for Brno

Nakano and Hofmann reinvigorated for Brno

The Kawasaki Racing Team returns to work after a four week summer holiday, with factory riders Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann fully refreshed for this weekend's Gauloises Ceske Republiky Grand Prix. Motivation is high in the Kawasaki camp, with Nakano eager to follow up his outstanding sixth place finish at last month's German Grand Prix with another positive result. For Hofmann, the restart of the season is an opportunity to show his full potential after a run of misfortune.

Both riders spent time with family and friends during the holiday break, a rare opportunity given the unrelenting travel demands of the MotoGP calendar.

Nakano was keen to maximise his three week holiday, and a welcome break away from racing, with time at home in Japan. He flew direct from Tokyo back into Prague and then on to Brno for this weekend's race. Nakano is in a positive frame of mind and upbeat about continuing his string of impressive results - eight top ten positions in the last ten races. The 27-year-old Japanese rider believes that his recent sixth place at the Sachsenring, and the response of Bridgestone to his tyre requests, can be the platform for a strong second half of the season.

"Brno is more a classic style of track, long and fast, not a computer model and I like it very much - it's very challenging for a rider," said Nakano. "With the right set-up a rider can do really well at Brno, I learnt this from my 250cc days, and the latest ZX-RR specification gives me a lot of confidence. Also Bridgestone made a big leap forward at the German GP especially with life-span of the race tyre. After the holidays it is like a new start and my aim is some more top five results, even the podium. Why not? I started the season with a fifth at Jerez and I know the potential of the ZX-RR and, with the Bridgestone tyres improving, that is my goal."

Hofmann spilt his holiday time between his home in Switzerland and some summer sun in Spain by visiting his father who lives on the Costa Blanca. That meant an opportunity to maintain his fitness with regular outings on his high-performance Kawasaki jet-ski - an 800cc powered stand-up model.

"I'm already in training for 2007 and the 800cc rules, that was my excuse for spending so much time on the jet-ski!" jokes Hofmann. "I also did a lot of mountain biking in Switzerland, so I'm ready to go for the final part of the season. My aims are simple; to show my full potential and that of the ZX-RR. I had big expectations at the beginning of the season, but a lot of things happened that were out of my control. It's a fresh start now, I'm looking for some better luck and strong results."


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