Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Kawasaki Racing Team


Kawasaki rider Alex Hofmann scored a career-best MotoGP result, with a fighting
eighth place aboard his Ninja ZX-RR in a rain soaked British Grand Prix today.

In torrential rain Hofmann rode a superb race in cold and treacherous
conditions, after racing bravely through blinding spray from 15th on the grid.

The 25-year-old German is now full of confidence as he heads to his home race at
Sachsenring next Sunday.

Hofmann made a storming start and tagged onto a charging group that included
teammate Shinya Nakano and Carlos Checa on the opening lap.

However, on lap two, as Nakano moved into 11th position, Hofmann was baulked by
Toni Elias and dropped five positions. He fought his way back into eighth on lap
five, as the water-logged conditions again showed the performance potential of
the Bridgestone rain tyres.

Today's 30-lap race, run in cold 15 degree conditions, was a huge disappointment
for Hofmann's teammate Shinya Nakano, who crashed out on lap four.

Nakano had a strange feeling with the clutch on his Ninja ZX-RR, which caused
the engine to stall at the beginning of the final sighting lap.

After a quick adjustment by crew chief Fiorenzo Fanali, Nakano took his place on
the grid but the clutch problem returned almost immediately after the race start.

As a result Nakano had difficulty downshifting and at the beginning of lap four,
he missed a gear and crashed out of 12th place on the entry to turn one (Redgate).

Nakano's DNF cost him valuable points in the championship, and he slipped one
place to ninth and is now ten points behind nearest rival Loris Capirossi.

Alex Hofmann: #66 - Eighth

"That was a cold and tough race, but my best ever result so I'm very happy about
that. The conditions were unpredictable and very slippery, but I was able to
control the sliding and over the final ten laps I was running at the same pace
as Capirossi and Tamada ahead of me, but we had lost contact with the front
group. At the start I was in the group with Shinya and Carlos when we got to
Elias and he was braking very early and I ran wide to avoid him at the chicane
and lost five places. I had to do it all again and would have liked to have been
closer to the front, but I can't complain, it was a good result for me today."

Shinya Nakano: # 56 - DNF

"On the grid leaving for the final sighting lap I had a strange feeling with the
clutch and the engine stalled. After restarting I took my place on the grid, but
then in the opening laps I still had a problem and it was difficult to
downshift. I missed a gear on the entry to Redgate and crashed, which is
disappointing as it cost me points in the championship. The conditions were
very, very difficult today."

Ichiro Yoda: Technical Director

"The clutch on Shinya's bike would not open properly and this led to the
downshift problem, so we need to investigate this situation. In the heavy rain
conditions of today's race we again saw the potential of the Bridgestone wet
weather tyres."

Harald Eckl: Team Manager

"That was great effort by Alex to achieve his best ever MotoGP result in these
conditions, it was a very difficult race. It was unfortunate that Shinya had a
problem and crashed, which has cost him some valuable points in the championship."


 1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team  52'58.675
 2. Kenny Roberts (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP          +3.169
 3. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda                   +4.006
 4. Colin Edwards (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team      +10.292
 5. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team        +13.020
 6. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team     +23.321
 7. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda       +37.833
 8. Alex Hofmann (GER) Kawasaki Racing Team        +44.617
 9. Toni Elias (SPA) Fortuna Yamaha Team            +1 Lap
10. Roberto Rolfo (ITA) DAntin MotoGP               +1 Lap
11. John Hopkins (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP          +2 Laps
DNF.Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team