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Jenkner bids farewell to the World Championship

Jenkner bids farewell to the World Championship

Jenkner bids farewell to the World Championship

After nine seasons in the World Championship, the German Steve Jenkner has decided to put an end to his sporting career in Grand Prix racing at the age of 29. It is a decision that he has described as being "very hard" but one that he had taken after weighing up his options with maturity and after long negotiations. "Last year we had weak financial support and couldn´t achieve good results" noted Jenkner in a statement.

"For this year the conditions weren´t looking great. The World Championship is the highest level of competition and one always wants to be able to fight with the best, not simply make up the numbers"

"The moment has arrived for me to give back to this sport what it has given to me. I would like to pass on my knowledge and experience to the young riders, to try and help the German flag fly on the podiums in the future" added the Lichtenstein-born German.

In 2005, after eight campaigns in the 125cc category, Jenkner finally jumped classes to 250cc with the Nocable.it Race team, and was again on the saddle of an Aprilia. But in a quiet season, he only managed to earn 13 points and would finish 23rd in the overall classification. Moreover, the injuries suffered to his right hand as a result of two falls in the practices at both Estoril and Le Mans caused him to miss the races in Shanghai and Mugello, and hindered his progress in the new category.

2002, the year in which he finished fifth, and 2003, where he finished sixth and won his first race (the Assen Grand Prix in Holland) were the seasons in which he achieved his best results.

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250cc, 2006

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