Having just speculated that there would be no replacement for the injured Alex Hofmann, it took virtually no time at all for me to be proved almost entirely wrong. Motorcycle News is reporting that Chaz Davies is to replace Alex Hofmann for the remainder of the Laguna Seca race weekend. Davies competed in the 250 class for four years on privateer machinery, before finally losing his place due to a lack of funds halfway through last season. He has since moved over to the USA to race in Supersport and Formula Xtreme in the AMA series, aboard a private Yamaha R6, where he has regularly beaten factory riders, even taking a podium at Miller several weeks ago. Davies has no experience of MotoGP bikes, however, which will leave him with an uphill task, although his experience with 250s should stand him in good stead with regards to the extreme adjustability of the MotoGP bikes.