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Katja looking forward to home race

Katja looking forward to home race

Katja looking forward to home race

Katja Poensgen prepares for her home race at Sachsenring this weekend with renewed confidence and clearly defined objectives. The blonde bombshell has turned her season around after failing to qualify for four of the first five races, and is edging closer to the points with each passing round. At Donington she finished seventeenth, just a few seconds behind her team-mate Henk Vd Lagemaat, and the 26 year old revealed her next target is to beat the Dutchman in qualifying and in a race.

`I am getting closer to the points which is pleasing but my main aim for this weekend is to catch and beat Henk,´ said Poensgen. `That is the primary objective of any rider because you are on the same machinery and cannot make any excuses. I think I can catch him and the ideal place to do it would be at my home race. If there are points up for grabs as well then it would make a perfect weekend but I am not really thinking about that´.

Katja admits to feeling the pressure of riding in front of her friends and family, but hopes their support can push her on to her best finish of the year. `For sure racing at your home event brings a lot more pressure and the temptation to push beyond your limits, which always ends in a crash!´ she says. `My parents, grandparents and my sister we be there on Sunday though so hopefully I can stay on board and show them how well I can race.´

Before taking to the track on Friday, Katja has another chance to show the boys how it´s done as she pulls on her football boots for the annual charity game in aid of Riders for Health. `I play in the game every year and I am looking forward to it,´ she smiled. `To be honest I can´t play too well - I am okay until the ball comes near me! I will be giving the boys something to think about though and hopefully I can do the same on Sunday´.

250cc, 2003

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