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Hofmann hoping for Kawasaki swansong at Valencia

Hofmann hoping for Kawasaki swansong at Valencia

Hofmann hoping for Kawasaki swansong at Valencia

Alex Hofmann is looking to end an injury-plagued season on a positive note as he expects to make his comeback to the MotoGP scene in Valencia next week for the last round of the 2005 World Championship.

The Kawasaki Racing team rider suffered multiple fractures to his left ankle when he collided with Roberto Rolfo at the Japanese Grand Prix in September. After being undergoing corrective surgery in Germany, he quickly started rehabilitation in a bid to ride again before the end of the season.

"In general I'm satisfied with the way the operation and the rehabilitation has gone," explained Hofmann, who has missed the last four rounds. "It was one of the worst injuries I ever had as I broke eight bones. During the operation they put in sixteen screws and two plates, but I was able to start rehabilitation straight away. The healing went pretty well and since then I've been doing 3 or 4 hours of physiotherapy every day. Now I'm feeling pretty good and, with each passing day, making a comeback at Valencia for the last race of the season seems more and more possible."

According to the German, getting back on his 990cc Ninja ZX-RR will be the only way to tell if he is fit to race.

"The next step will be to ride the bike - that's the only test that will let me know if I'm fit enough to race. I have already regained 90% of the movement so now it just matter of seeing if it all clicks in well when it comes to riding the Kawasaki."

With the Kawasaki Racing team already having announced that their 2006 line-up will formed by Shinya Nakano and Randy de Puniet, Hofmann knows he will have to look for another ride next season. But for now, the German just wants to focus on his comeback and performing well in Spain.

"It has been a very frustrating season, but now I'm just looking forward Valencia and I hope I can perform well over there. Things didn't go the way I had hoped they would and at the moment there aren't many opportunities, but I have to remain positive," continued Hofmann, who also missed three races earlier in the season due to a wrist injury. "Speed-wise, I believe my place is in MotoGP and we'll work hard to stay here next season."

MotoGP, 2005, G. P. DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Kawasaki Racing Team

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