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Nöhles ready for 'dream' home race

Nöhles ready for 'dream' home race

Nöhles ready for 'dream' home race

At the start of his second season as a data collection engineer for Aprilia Germany back in April, the thought of riding in front of 100,000 fans at his home Grand Prix in round eight of the 250cc World Championship was nothing but a pipe dream for Klaus Nöhles.

However, after countryman Christian Gemmel's shock decision to retire from the sport due to stress, the experienced former 250cc and 125cc racer was called up by the Kiefer Castrol Honda team as a replacement at Assen and Rio and is now set to ride for the rest of the season, including an exciting home event at the Sachsenring this weekend.

"For me everything came late," explains Nöhles. "We're after the Brazilian GP now, but the team had asked me if I wanted to ride the bike. I said ‘hey, it's a dream I want to ride all the time but I just didn't find any sponsorship this year.' So we find a solution with the Aprilia team so I finished the contract as a data recorder and now I'm here again as a rider. For me it's perfect."

Despite his eagerness to get back to business, Nöhles admits he must take things gently after two seasons out of competitive racing. "I think it needs some time, especially with the Honda," he says. "In 250 I always rode Aprilia and now it needs time.

"Step by step I'm coming better. Before I think that it was getting easier to change but now it's nearly 2 years that I really raced in 250, so it comes step by step."

After finishing 21st at Assen and an encouraging 16th in Rio, Nöhles would like nothing better than to score his first points of the season in Germany and set himself up for a positive second half of the season. "For me the Sachsenring was always one of my best results, I started on the front row there. As the home GP it's always special to ride there. I'm happy to be able to ride and not sit behind the computer.

"I think at the end I really want to stay constant and to make points in the top fifteen, and for me it's important to get step by step. To get a good feeling for the bike, working with the mechanics and everything. If I make some good performance at the end everybody will be happy."

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250cc, 2004, VELTINS MOTORRAD GP DEUTSCHLAND

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