Alex Hofmann

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Alex Hofmann
2005 0319 Alex Hofmann.jpg
Alex Hofmann in 2005
Nationality Germany German
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1997 - 2007
First race 1997 125cc German Grand Prix
Last race 2007 MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix
Team(s) Yamaha, Honda, TSR-Honda, Aprilia, Kawasaki, Ducati
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
106 0 0 0 0 315

Alexander Hofmann (born May 25, 1980 in Mindelheim, Germany) is a retired Grand Prix motorcycle racer, who now works on German television coverage of the sport. He is nicknamed 'The Hoff' in English-speaking countries, a nod to David Hasselhoff.

Early years[edit]

He successfully raced in Motocross in his early teens, before entering the German 125cc championship for the first time in 1995, and the European series alongside it a year later. In 1997 he was runner-up in the German series, and also started the German 125cc World Championship race as a wild card.

In 1998 he moved up to 250cc, winning every race in the German championship and also winning the European title, as well as coming 10th in a one-off in the 250cc World Championship. From 1999 to 2001 Hofmann was a regular in this series, although without taking a podium finish, and missing 8 races in 2000 due to injury.

MotoGP[edit]

He started 2002 without a ride, but made his MotoGP debut as a stand-in rider for Garry McCoy at the WCM Red Bull team, also filling in for Loris Capirossi for Sito Pons' team. He was hired to be Kawasaki's test rider role in 2003. In two starts, he scored points both times. He and Shinya Nakano replaced McCoy and Andrew Pitt as full-time racers in 2004. The next two years were difficult, mainly due to injuries,[1] partly through his love of Motocross. Points were rare and Kawasaki chose Randy de Puniet for 2006 over Hofmann.

In 2006 he joined the D'Antin Pramac team, riding on a 2006 customer version of the works Ducati alongside José Luis Cardoso. When their factory rider Sete Gibernau was injured at the Circuit de Catalunya (a race in which Alex finished 8th, helped by 3 riders not starting the resumption of the race), Hofmann was appointed as his replacement for the next 2 races, before returning to D'Antin for his home race at Sachsenring,[2] dropping out early.

In 2007 he remained with D'Antin, alongside the veteran Alex Barros. Fifth place at Le Mans took him to 10th in the championship after five rounds, ahead of reigning champion Nicky Hayden. He was a strong 8th at Assen. Preparation for his home round at the Sachsenring were hampered by a hand injury suffered when a friend closed a car door onto it, but he scored minor points in the race. He injured his hand in practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.[3] He was replaced at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by Chaz Davies and by Iván Silva at Brno. He returned to racing at Misano but he was fired by the team following the Portuguese Grand Prix, after pulling out of the race while in with a chance of scoring points, due to a lack of motivation.[4] He never raced again.

Personal[edit]

His girlfriend is called Romina Rados. He loves action sports such as skiing and BMX bikes. At 1.80m he is tall for a motorcycle racer. His favourite food is Italian.

He is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Career statistics[edit]

By season[edit]

Seas Class Moto Team Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
1997 125cc Yamaha TZ125 1 0 0 0 0 2 28th -
1998 250cc Honda NSR250 1 0 0 0 0 6 29th -
1999 250cc Honda NSR250 16 0 0 0 0 51 16th -
2000 250cc Aprilia RSV 250 9 0 0 0 0 12 25th -
2001 250cc Aprilia RSV 250 15 0 0 0 0 55 12th -
2002 MotoGP Yamaha YZR500 WCM 2 0 0 0 0 11 22nd -
Honda NSR500 Pons Racing 2 0 0 0 0
2003 MotoGP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Kawasaki Racing Team 5 0 0 0 0 8 23rd -
2004 MotoGP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Kawasaki Racing Team 16 0 0 0 0 51 15th -
2005 MotoGP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Kawasaki Racing Team 10 0 0 0 0 24 19th -
2006 MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici Pramac d'Antin 17 0 0 0 0 30 17th -
2007 MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici Pramac d'Antin 12 0 0 0 0 65 13th -
Total 106 0 0 0 0 315 0

By class[edit]

Class Season(s) 1st Grand Prix 1st Podium 1st Win Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts WCh
125cc 1997 1997 Germany N/A N/A 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
250cc 1998–2001 1998 Germany N/A N/A 41 0 0 0 0 124 0
MotoGP 2002–2007 2002 Catalunya N/A N/A 64 0 0 0 0 189 0
Total 1997-2007 106 0 0 0 0 315 0

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
1997 125 cc Yamaha YZR125 MAL JPN SPA ITA AUT FRA NED IMO GER
14
BRA GBR CZE CAT IND AUS 28th 2
1998 250 cc Honda NSR250 JPN MAL SPA ITA FRA MAD NED GBR GER
10
CZE IMO CAT AUS ARG 29th 6
1999 250 cc TSR-Honda NSR250 MAL
17
JPN
18
SPA
15
FRA
8
ITA
16
CAT
11
NED
11
GBR
13
GER
9
CZE
Ret
IMO
17
VAL
10
AUS
13
RSA
13
BRA
12
ARG
10
16th 51
2000 250 cc Aprilia RS250 RSA
Ret
MAL
10
JPN
15
SPA
17
FRA
18
ITA
Ret
CAT
Inj
NED
Inj
GBR
Inj
GER
Inj
CZE
19
POR
11
VAL
18
BRA
Inj
PAC
Inj
AUS
Inj
25th 12
2001 250 cc Aprilia RS250 JPN
12
RSA
10
SPA
11
FRA
11
ITA
18
CAT
9
NED
12
GBR
9
GER
7
CZE
Ret
POR
Ret
VAL
Ret
PAC
17
AUS
Ret
MAL
8
BRA
17
12th 55
2002 MotoGP Red Bull WCM-Yamaha YZR500 JPN RSA SPA FRA ITA CAT
Ret
NED
11
22nd 11
West Pons-Honda NSR500 GBR
17
GER
10
CZE POR BRA PAC MAL AUS VAL
2003 MotoGP Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-RR JPN RSA SPA
16
FRA ITA
14
CAT NED
10
GBR GER
17
CZE
19
POR BRA PAC MAL AUS VAL 23rd 8
2004 MotoGP Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-RR RSA
Ret
SPA
13
FRA
Ret
ITA
14
CAT
11
NED
13
BRA
11
GER
10
GBR
19
CZE
13
POR
13
JPN
10
QAT
9
MAL
Ret
AUS
13
VAL
11
15th 51
2005 MotoGP Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-RR SPA
11
POR
Inj
CHN
Inj
FRA
Inj
ITA
12
CAT
17
NED
Ret
USA
12
GBR
8
GER
Ret
CZE
15
JPN
Ret
MAL
Inj
QAT
Inj
AUS
Inj
TUR
Inj
VAL
14
19th 24
2006 MotoGP Pramac-d'Antin Ducati GP5 SPA
15
QAT
15
TUR
16
CHN
15
FRA
13
ITA
Ret
CAT
10
NED
12
GBR
13
GER
Ret
USA
14
CZE
16
MAL
15
AUS
13
JPN
16
POR
11
VAL
Ret
17th 30
2007 MotoGP Pramac-d'Antin Ducati GP6 QAT
11
SPA
DSQ
CHN
9
TUR
9
FRA
5
ITA
11
CAT
13
GBR
9
NED
8
GER
9
USA
Inj
CZE
Inj
RSM
11
POR
Ret
JPN AUS MAL VAL 13th 65

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alex Hofmann retrieved from bbc.co.uk
  2. ^ Sachsenring; D'Antin Ducati Preview - July 11, 2006 retrieved from insidebikes.com
  3. ^ FIVE WEEK RECOVERY TIME FOR ALEX HOFMANN AFTER PRACTICE CRASH retrieved from trymysport.co.uk
  4. ^ Hofmann sacked. retrieved from crash.net on September 17, 2007

External links[edit]


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Italy Davide Bulega
250 cc motorcycle European Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Italy Ivan Clementi