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Hofmann: Number 66 is back!

Hofmann: Number 66 is back!

Hofmann: Number 66 is back!

Alex Hofmann will be one of the two riders lining up for the D'Antin Pramac team in 2006 on board the Ducati GP6 satellite bike. As such, the German has been handed a great opportunity to re-establish himself in the MotoGP class after the disappointing news at the end of last season when Kawasaki opted to replace him with Frenchman Randy De Puniet.

Understandably Hofmann is delighted with the chance being afforded him by the D'Antin set-up and is looking to put an unfortunate 2005 campaign, which was blighted by bad luck and injury, behind him. "I am looking forward to this new challenge and will fight as hard as I can for the team," the German stated. "Being in a private team we will have to fight very hard to keep up with the factory teams, but that just motivates me even more. Number 66 is back!"

Speaking exclusively to, Hofmann went on to give his views on his new team, his fears at being dropped by Kawasaki and his hopes for next season's World Championship.

"Luis D'Antin is a very well-known and experienced man in the MotoGP paddock. I am very happy with our agreement and have every faith in his team as I know they will give me the very best opportunity possible. After a season to forget in which I had a lot of bad luck, I am very motivated for this new challenge."

"Obviously I was worried about my future (after leaving Kawasaki), but these last few weeks have been very hard for a number of riders. In the end I was able to seal this agreement which has given me the privilege of demonstrating my potential in the premier class."

"At the moment I am feeling very good. I returned for the last race of the season in Valencia and, to be honest, it was a bit too soon for me and it proved to be a very hard weekend. But my recuperation has gone really well since and I am now preparing for the next test in Sepang. Over the Christmas period I will be at home with my family and for the New Year I will be going to Switzerland with them, but while I'm there I will step up my fitness programme by doing a lot of sports, like skiing."

MotoGP, 2005

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