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Arie Molenaar setting new targets for 2003

Arie Molenaar setting new targets for 2003

Arie Molenaar setting new targets for 2003

After a year of close collaboration with HRC which saw the Arie Molenaar Racing team carry out key development work on the RSW 250 with factory rider Haruchika Aoki, the Dutch squad now face a completely different challenge as they look towards a season of consolidation with the inexperienced Katja Poensgen and Henk van de Lagemaat. Team owner Arie Molenaar admits that he was disappointed to lose Aoki and full HRC support, but insists he holds no grudges and is optimistic of meeting the team´s new targets for 2003.

`Any opportunity to work with HRC is good, so we are just happy we were given that chance last year,´ explained the Dutchman. `In an ideal situation I would have liked to keep Haruchika, because there is no doubt in my mind he is one of the best riders around, but unfortunately in this sport you need sponsors to compete and it seems that there is not much money available in Japan right now. In any case, we have kitted bikes and we will be looking to get in the points as often as possible.´

Whilst Poensgen gained the respect of her male peers with a gritty points-scoring ride at Mugello in 2001, 34 year old former sidecar cross World Championship rider Lagemaat has it all to prove after just three appearances on the world road racing scene. `Katja has shown that she is a good rider with the bigger bikes in Germany, and on a 250 she wasn´t too bad either. Henk finished third in the European Championship last year, rode as a replacement rider for me at Brno, and he is a real worker. 2002 was almost like a testing year but this season we are going out to race as hard as possible and hopefully repeat the results we achieved last season.´

250cc, 2003

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