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Nöhles returns as Gemmel quits

Nöhles returns as Gemmel quits

Nöhles returns as Gemmel quits

German rider Christian Gemmel has sensationally quit Grand Prix racing and has been replaced in the Castrol Honda-Kiefer Racing team by compatriot Klaus Nöhles. Gemmel has reportedly been suffering from a severe lack of confidence caused by a crash at Sachsenring last year and, after finishing last at Mugello three weeks ago, decided he was in need of a career change.

The 24-year-old's early retirement has presented a way back for Nöhles, who had ironically been forced into retirement himself after failing to secure a ride before the start of the 2003 season, taking on the role of telemetrist to Aprilia Germany rider Chaz Davies.

Nöhles finished 12th in the 250cc World Championship in his debut season in 2000, with best finishes of fifth at Jerez and Portugal. He stayed in the quarter-litre class in 2001 before a disappointing 125cc season 2002.


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