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Katja remains positive despite tough start

Katja remains positive despite tough start

Katja remains positive despite tough start

After one season away from World Championship competition, Katja Poensgen has struggled to adapt to a 250cc machine on her return to the category in 2003. However, the German remains optimistic and is looking forward to the European leg of the season which starts this weekend at Jerez

`Apart from not having competed for a whole season, I have not had much time to train - not nearly enough - and I still have to learn the circuits properly,´ says Poensgen. `Also, the competition is much harder, there are no real rookies - everybody has been riding for a couple of years and getting used to their bikes. But what is really important to me right now is to have fun, recover the feeling and my passion for riding. I am proud to be the only woman to ride in the World Championship again´.

Poensgen crashed out at Welkom last week after an unconvincing display in qualifying, but insists she came home in positive mood and soon recovered from the bumps and bruises. `I was disappointed not to finish the race but I was pleased to improve my times. I am gradually improving and that is the main thing right now. I hung out there for an extra couple of days and enjoyed the countryside, the peacefulness and the animals ´.

The aim for this weekend, then, is quite simple: `I will look to improve my form and cut down the gap to the leaders. Next season things should be different, but for now it is a case of enjoying myself and making gradual improvement.

250cc, 2003

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