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Clifford confirms Hofmann´s Red Bull ride in Assen

Clifford confirms Hofmann´s Red Bull ride in Assen

Clifford confirms Hofmann´s Red Bull ride in Assen

Red Bull Yamaha Team Manager, Peter Clifford, has confirmed that German Alex Hofmann will stay with the team, and ride at the next round of the MotoGP World Championship in Assen in ten days time. Hofmann competed in Sunday´s Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya as replacement for the injured Garry McCoy.

Hofmann did not finish Sunday´s race, retiring on the final lap after experiencing engine problems. Up until that point he had put in a solid if unspectacular performance on the Yamaha YZR500, lapping at the back of the field in his first full outing in GP´s elite class. Hofmann stayed on at the Montmeló circuit yesterday, as the Yamaha Red Bull outfit completed a day of testing along with the majority of other MotoGP teams. Hofmann used the opportunity to gain more valuable saddle-time to familiarise himself with the bike ahead of his next challenge at the Gauloises Dutch TT, as well as trying out various engine settings.

The 21 year-old said of his opportunity in Holland; ´Getting the chance to ride in Assen is fantastic news for me, it´s perfect. It´s a good opportunity for me again and Assen is one of my favourite tracks. Peter Clifford spoke to me after the warm-up on Sunday morning and offered me the chance to ride again at the next GP, and I´m very happy about this. I tested two weeks ago for one day at Assen on the Red Bull Yamaha, so I am comfortable with the new layout there, and looking forward to it.´

The news on Garry McCoy was also positive though, and the Australian will be returning to ride at the British Grand Prix at Donington which takes place on July 14th. The Australian is now back at home in Andorra after travelling to Austria for treatment on his injury. Clifford explained however that the problems McCoy has been suffering are in fact the result of an old ankle injury he picked up in 1999, and not the broken leg he sustained in pre-season tests in Portugal. McCoy is now completely healed, and is spending the time ahead of Donington building his fitness. Clifford also added that John Hopkins, who took an impressive tenth place on Sunday in Barcelona, was travelling out to meet up with his team-mate for a few days in Andorra.

MotoGP, 2002

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