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Dark Dog unveiled as main sponsor for Molenaar

Dark Dog unveiled as main sponsor for Molenaar

Dark Dog unveiled as main sponsor for Molenaar

Dutch 250cc Grand Prix team owner Arie Molenaar and chief mechanic Hans Spaan officially unveiled their 2003 line-up at a venue in IJsselstein near Utrecht today. They proudly presented their new team and new main sponsor Dark Dog for the 250cc Grand Prix team with the female sensation Katja Poensgen and three-time Dutch 250cc champion Henk van de Lagemaat at a press launch.

Molenaar outlined his plans for Poensgen, and remarked that he was pleased to have a Dutch rider in the only existing Dutch Grand Prix team. `For Katja Poensgen, who brought in one of the main sponsors Dark Dog, we have made a GP comeback career plan for two seasons. At this moment Henk van de Lagemaat is by far the best rider in Holland. He raced three years in the 250cc European Championship and won three Dutch championship titles in a row. I´m happy to have a Dutch race-ace at the grid, waiting for young talented riders to follow up. But with Henk for sure we are going to score WC-points this year.´

$$$ Katja expressed her satisfaction at the two year deal and said that she hopes for less talk and more action on her return to top flight racing: `In 2003 I will concentrate on qualifying and racing with lots of pleasure. That´s what I sometimes missed in 2001, when I often had the idea that I did more work on press conferences and interviews than having contact with my team about racing and the bikes and its technical settings. The big news which it was in 2001 of a woman racing in GP´s is already said and done two years ago, so I hope to be able to concentrate more on racing. My first goals are qualifying for the GP´s and we have planned 2003 as a second learning year. We have a two year contract, so in 2004 I want to compete at a higher level.´

34 year old Van de Lagemaat, who impressed GP bosses with victory at the 250cc European Championship round at the Dutch TT in Assen last year, added: `I raced two wild-card starts in Assen and replaced Jarno Janssen in the Molenaar Team last year at Brno. As I´m only familiar with six of the sixteen GP tracks, it will be difficult to compete against the riders who already raced several GP´s at the tracks. But with the technical skills of chief technician, former 9-times GP-winner Hans Spaan, I´m sure that our Hondas will be the fastest on the grid. The overseas GP´s will be difficult, but back in Europe and during the season I´ll go for some WC points, especially for my home crowd at the Dutch TT.´

250cc, 2003

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