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Christian Gemmel looking to continue progress at home Grand Prix

Christian Gemmel looking to continue progress at home Grand Prix

Christian Gemmel looking to continue progress at home Grand Prix

The 250cc World Championship has a strong pedigree of German riders, with the likes of Anton Mang, Ralf Waldmann, Dieter Braun, Werner Haas, Helmut Bradl, Reinhold Roth and Martin Wimmer having established a strong reputation in the class over the last two decades. However, since the retirement of Waldmann a couple of seasons ago, the German fans have had to wait patiently for the arrival of a new hero, and youngster Christian Gemmel is emerging as a strong candidate for their affection. The 22 year old began his World Championship career this season after three years in the European Championship and has been discreetly impressive, taking a best finish of eighth at the Dutch TT and scoring points in all but two of the races he has finished.

"I know most of the circuits from my time in the European Championship, and I have been with this team for several years so, even though I am a rookie, not every experience is a new one for me and this has helped," says Gemmel, who rides for the Kiefer Castrol-Honda Racing team. "I am riding a kitted Honda, so there is no pressure on me to compete at the front of the field and both for myself and my team this season is about learning as much about this championship as we can. I have been pleasantly surprised by my results so far, but I am not getting carried away because I still have so much to learn."

Gemmel carries the hopes of a nation in the 250cc race this weekend, but remains adamant that there is no pressure on his shoulders. "It will be nice to race in front of my home fans but really this is just another race, and another opportunity to learn. I raced here as a wildcard two years ago and finished 17th, so I should be able to improve on that and at least collect some points."

Speaking about the World Championship in general and his own hopes for the future, the modest Gemmel added: "There are some very impressive talents out there – in particular I would pick out Manuel Poggiali, although I have to say his attitude away from the track is not as good as his style on it. I am still a long way behind him and the other front riders, and I know that it is myself that must change this by learning, making consistent improvements and then hopefully demonstrating that I am worthy of a machine capable of challenging for victories and the world title."

250cc, 2003, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

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