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ADAC duo aiming to recapture past German glories at 125 level

ADAC duo aiming to recapture past German glories at 125 level

ADAC duo aiming to recapture past German glories at 125 level

Germany has always been well represented by riders in MotoGP, especially in the 125 category, but it´s now approaching ten years since the last German 125cc World Champion was crowned. That honour went to Dirk Raudies in 1993, yet since then German success stories in MotoGP´s minor class have been scarce. This season, three German riders will be lining up in the 125 field, Steve Jenkner, and Pev-Spalt-Moto ADAC team-mates, Jarno Müller and Klaus Nöhles. Both the ADAC riders have plenty to prove in 2002, and are hoping to give German bike-fans something to cheer about this term.

The forthcoming campaign will be Müller 's second full season at World Championship level aboard the Honda of the ADAC outfit. The 24 year-old will be hoping to improve after a modest showing last year when, despite a couple of top ten finishes, he ended up 25th overall. ´We´ve been testing a lot of things during the close season, and there have been many little problems, but the bike is feeling good and is coming right now,´ said Müller. ´I hope to get at least in the top ten to fifteen in the championship then I would be happy, but I know it won't be easy.´

Nöhles has joined the Dresden-based 125 team after a 2001 season he would rather forget. The jovial 25 year-old was dropped by the Aprilia Germany 250cc set-up midway through last year following a series of unspectacular showings. However he is much more positive about his chances this time around, ´I have a good feeling about this season because everything has been going very well for me. There is a great atmosphere in the team, and to be honest I just want to get on with the real racing . We´ve done a lot of testing work throughout the winter, so now I´m really keen to get racing!´

The last German winner of a Grand Prix race in any category was Ralf Waldmann in 2000, and while overall championship success might well prove beyond the reach of the German 125 contingent again, both Nohles and Muller, along with compatriot Jenkner, will be straining to get back the German flag back at the top of the podium at some point this year.

125cc, 2002

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