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Wet Le Mans race no hassle for ‘The Hoff'

Wet Le Mans race no hassle for ‘The Hoff'

One of the riders to adapt best to the downpour in France this past weekend was Alex Hofmann, who took his first ever top five finish and the second best ever result for Pramac d'Antin Ducati.

One of the riders to adapt best to the downpour in France this past weekend was Alex Hofmann, who took his first ever top five finish and the second best ever result for Pramac d'Antin Ducati.

The German benefited from his previous positive experience of flag-to-flag racing at Australia last season, using his memories of the Phillip Island race to take an educated gamble on coming in earlier than the rest of the field. Hofmann was clearly delighted on crossing the finish line, having overtaken such luminaries as Valentino Rossi en route to fifth place.

"I wasn't having a good weekend, but I got a great result in the end so who cares!?" commented ‘The Hoff' to motogp.com after the race. "I'd made wrong decisions all weekend, but I decided to come in earlier than others based on a feeling that I had in my stomach that it was going to rain more heavily."

"When I got back on track, I was already in the middle of the pack, and with my good race pace I was doing well," he continued. "It's the kind of race that I adapt to very fast."

Hofmann now has more points on the board than at the end of last season, and his satellite Ducati team are on course for a tremendous year. The 27 year old has illustrated his contentment with the new package, and believes that he has hit a turning point in 2007.

"It's completely different to last year. This race has given me a lot of confidence, but I already knew that all my mechanics and everyone in the team were working as hard as me, so this result is for them. Wet or dry, at Mugello I think we can do a really good job," concluded Hofmann.

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MotoGP, 2007, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

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