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Aschenbrenner to step in for Heidolf

Aschenbrenner to step in for Heidolf

Aschenbrenner to step in for Heidolf

Franz Aschenbrenner will make his 250cc debut this weekend for the Kiefer BOS Racing team, replacing the injured Dirk Heidolf. The 20 year old German competes in the Italian and European Championships, and will take countryman Heidolf's place for the next four races.

Aschenbrenner was on the podium just four weeks ago in Mugello, finishing third in an Italian Championship race. He started out in 1997 riding motorcross and then moved to roadracing in 2000.

"I am delighted to have this opportunity," declared Aschenbrenner. "I rode for Aprilia at the start of my career in the Junior Cup back home in Germany, and Chief Technician Jurgen Lingg has assured me that moving from Honda to Aprilia isn't as difficult as before. I hope to qualify for the race, after that we'll see what happens."

Team Manager Stefan Kiefer listed numerous reasons as to why he chose the promising youngster as a substitute.

"We wanted a young German talent. We have had a lot of calls since it became apparent that Dirk wasn't going to be able to ride, and we had the possibility of using a current World Championship rider from another country. The majority of our sponsors are German, so it was important for them to have a home rider on one of our bikes."

250cc, 2006, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Dirk Heidolf

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