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Katja Poensgen departs but leaves door open for GP return

Katja Poensgen departs but leaves door open for GP return

Katja Poensgen departs but leaves door open for GP return

Katja Poensgen has today confirmed that she will not be riding in this year's 250cc World Championships after failing to secure sufficient sponsorship, but will instead be competing in the German Superstock Championships on a Suzuki GSX-R 1000. The popular German has left the door open for a possible MotoGP return however, should the opportunity present itself.

'I will be racing in the Superstock IDM riding a Suzuki, but I won't be signing a contract with a team, as I want to be free to return to Grands Prix if the chance comes. For me MotoGP is the dream, and my target is the MotoGP class,' commented the series' only female rider last term.

Poensgen had been set to ride in Hardwick Racing's 250 team this year, alongside Spaniard Alex Debon. The team collapsed however, leaving her bemused, 'I'm not surprised, but I am disappointed because nobody called me to tell me, I had to read it in a magazine and I have always been taught to do things in a proper way.'

The German 25 year-old stated that she still believes she has the ability to make an impact in GP racing given an opportunity to perform on a regular basis and added that she has fond memories of last season. 'I will remember the good times, I know it is a hard business, but I leave happy that I qualified at all the races I rode in, and scored two championship points.'

For now the affable German just wants to concentrate on riding as she has not been on a bike since the final race of last season in Rio; and she is already looking forward to the chance to compete again, 'Racing is my life and will continue to be my life for the next few years. Above all I just want to have fun riding and next season I know I'll have fun riding in the German championships.'

250cc, 2001

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