New to motogp.com?Register here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Katja Poensgen preparing for GP return

Katja Poensgen preparing for GP return

Katja Poensgen preparing for GP return

Katja Poensgen made international headlines across the world at the start of the 2001 Grand Prix season when she became the first female ever to contest the 250cc World Championship. After a difficult rookie season which saw her switch teams on several occasions, swapping from Aprilia to Honda machinery, her valiant performances were dogged by bad luck and provided insufficient evidence to guarantee a ride for 2002. However, the German sensation returns to the GP fold in 2003 and she remains determined to make her mark.

`I am very happy and excited to be returning to Grand Prix this season and I believe 100% in my team and in my ability,´ declares the 26 year old, who will ride the latest evolution Honda 250 RSW developed this season by Haruchika Aoki. `It will be a two rider team run by Arie Molenaar in conjunction with a team boss from the WSS series, but I can´t say much more about that or my team-mate. I rode a `99 Honda NSR in 2001, which was not the fastest, but I´m sure the new bike will be competitive´. $$$ Despite a year away from Grand Prix racing, Katja insists she is fighting fit and ready to begin testing later this month. `I had a bit of Christmas pudding last week but I have kept in good shape and I am well into my fitness programme, with lots of swimming, running and gym work. I began focussing my training towards a return to GP last summer and I have worked very hard, so I am more than ready for my first test on January 10th at Almeria. After that we hope to go to Jerez and maybe Valencia before the IRTA tests, so we should have plenty of track time before the new season.´

Tags:
250cc, 2002

Other updates you may be interested in ›