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Dark Dog Challenge to MotoGP leader Dirk Raudies looking to the future

Dark Dog Challenge to MotoGP leader Dirk Raudies looking to the future

Dark Dog Challenge to MotoGP leader Dirk Raudies looking to the future

Former 125cc World Champion Dirk Raudies currently channels his need for speed into the search for new motorcycling talent in his native Germany. Raudies has spent the last few weeks selecting youngsters for the next edition of the Dark Dog Challenge to MotoGP who, with the backing of ADAC and Honda, will compete in the national 125 series next year. The class of 2003 will be decided in a final round of tests at Hockenheim in October.

`From around 500 initial applicants there are a lot of kids who have never even had contact with a motorcycle before,´ explains Raudies. `I have been excited by what I have seen, they are very promising. Perhaps the most noticable thing is that it seems to be the younger riders who have the most talent. The ideal rider we are looking for must be light, serious and very talented.´

Raudies is convinced that this type of competition is the way forward for introducing new talent to Grand Prix racing. `This is the right way to go for these kids, but there is also a bit of luck involved to have the really outstanding rider amongst the hopefuls in the first place. It is an important step for German international motorsport, to which I´m sure several of the Dark Dog Challenge contenders will progress´.

It is nearly ten years since Raudies lifted his title, and he admits that before this project he was losing hope that another German rider would repeat his feat. `Many people have come to realise that this title is not gifted to just anyone. It is not necessarily that riders have not had the backing - interests have changed too. Kids are surfing the internet and visiting chat rooms, so maybe the desire to race in competitions is less. This is why it is so important that the Dark Dog Challenge has aroused such a great deal of interest´.

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MotoGP, 2002

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