So happy to be able to claim the title as Vice Champion of the Supermoto P3 class 2016 in the German Championship!
Here’s how it went down the last two rounds:
Comin’ into the second to last round in Cheb, CZ I was down to 5th place in the overall standings.
Luckily I went to Cheb in August for a round of the G-Cup to make some practice laps. With that being said I arrived at the track on Friday afternoon. Friday evening it started raining and the rain didn’t stop until Sunday evening when the complete event was done.
Cheb is a very slick karting track with a lot of rubber in the asphalt. Therefore the off-road section was closed the complete weekend. Well, you would have to use a jetski to go there because it was flooded.
Saturday went with 2 free practices where I could find myself in the top 10. After second free practice the event was canceled for the day because of the weather conditions and all of the crashing riders (including me).
Sunday was a combined warm-up and qualify in one session from the morning with a following heat.
In the qualify was able to put the TM on a 2nd place on the starting grid after some suspension work the evening before.
In the heat I had a bad start but after turn 2 I was 3rd. The guys in front crashed and I went 2nd at the rest of the heat. The whole heat I kept extending my lead to the 3rd place crossing the finish line with over 30 seconds to 3rd place!
Cheb = 2nd place! Hereby I put myself back on the overall second place in the championship standings and back in the fight! Unfortunately it was too late to reach the overall first, by I had to fight for my second for sure!
Harz-Ring – final
I showed up late Friday evening, unfortunately not able to do the practice the days before. Only one thing was on my mind – Defend the overall second place!
The two times Free Practice went with getting a good flow and trying different lines in the off-road sections.
Qualifying wasn’t as good as I hoped. Couldn’t get the speed I wanted and was struggling too much with the bike despite different setups. Even though, I managed to get just inside of top 10 the place 10 on the starting grid.
I managed to get a good start and kept pushing until the end! I crossed the checkered on place 5 – still in the battle for overall second in the championship!
Final race day of the season.
Tried to find a better flow in the last couple of laps before the last race, but didn’t seem to get it real good despite getting to place 7.
After my finish the day before, I kept my second position in the overall championship, but still had to make a good race to keep me from dropping to 3rd.
Again I made a good start and kept pushing from the start until the end. On the last couple of laps I had company from the 88 of Christian Pacher but managed to stay in front of him at the checkered after some passing front and back.
I crossed the finish line on place 4 and hereby was able to call myself Vice Champion of the P3 class 2016!!
I am so happy to achieve this after all of the struggling with economical and technical problems during the complete season. Even more happy to get the title after almost not being able to walk last year! I cannot believe it..
The first and biggest thanks I have to give to my girlfriend – she has been so supportive in every way possible. Even when I was down the most and didn’t think it was possible to carry on with the rest of the season she managed to get me to pull myself together and go all in for the rest of the season! You know what they say – Behind every great guy, there’s a greater woman..
Next thanks would go to the awesome team Supermotostore Racing and all of my sponsors helping me out when I needed it the most.
Thanks to Andre Raab to have me in the team, Zite Goggles for a clear vision during the whole season, Ryno Power Europe for the nutrition, Rock Oil for lubing the bike, SBS for stopping that powerful TM, Falco Boots for keeping my feet and ankles safe and sliding perfectly, Erki for keeping my head safe with an LS2 helmet, Suicide Protection for supporting my knees, Rilesa and Compactree, Dennis Wounlund at Pulskoncept.dk and Thomas Rasmussen at TRMX.dk for helping me out with my physique.
Thanks team mates and all of my other friends and competitors in Germany – for sure you’ve made it fun as hell!
Also a big congrats to my team mates J.P. Berges with the 3rd overall and also to Eike Moes for the Vice Champion title in the Over40 cup!
Photos by AUI-Photography