The first race of this season was to be held in the difficult conditions of the German spring weather. And with technical issues and changing weather conditions, the stage was set for a challenging start of the German Supermoto Championship season.
First free practice went by getting a good feel for the track and the bike and already from the start I could see my self in the top 3 of the lap times. The session ended with the fastest lap time.
The track started to dry up, and we could now go on full slicks. The feeling got better and better and at the end I would find my self at the top of the list of lap times yet again.
The qualify didn’t go as planned as only managed 6 laps before I had to pull out with a technical issue. But eventhough, I managed to get the 3rd best lap time of the qualify, so Sunday I could start on the first row of the starting grid!
Unfortunately we couldn’t get the technical issue from Saturdays qualify fixed for Sunday. But because I race in such an awesome team, my team colleague from the Ü40-class, Thomas Rützel would let me borrow his bike for the complete Sunday, so I could keep some points in the championship!
Therefore, the 10 min warm-up went by adjusting and getting used to the completely different bike.
Just before the first race, the skies opened and the track was soaked. Therefore we choose to go out on rain tires on both front and rear.
As the Rd1 of the championship was held on the spectacular track of Emstalstadion Harsewinkel – a sandbahn (speedway track) with a karting track in the middle – the slag from the sandbahn was pulled onto the tarmac creating a very tricky and slippery surface for racing.
I got a perfect start which could get me a good lead in front of my competitiors.
I lead the whole race but as the track started to dry, my front tire started to skip and with two laps to go I had to give the lead to my team mate J.P. Berges. I finished race 1 in 2nd place and was super satisfied!
For the second and last race of the weekend the track was completely dry, but still had a lot of dirt on the tarmac. Still, I chose to go on slicks front and rear.
The start went off and I was second in the first corner behind my team mate J.P. After passing him back for the lead I had to give it back to him as I started to struggle with the bike. Unfortunately the struggle wouldn’t end, and despite the fastest lap time of the race, I had to find myself in 4th place at the checkered flag.
Overall a very stressful weekend with a lot of hard work, but thanks to my amazing team colleauges I managed to get a 2-4 on a foreign bike! I’m super happy to leave the first round with a good handful of points in the bag.
Thanks to my girlfriend, Andre Raab, the complete Supermotostore.de Racing Team, Tobias, Niklas, Patrik and a special thanks to Thomas Rützel for lending me his bike – thanks!
See you at the next race in city of St. Wendel at the 21-22nd May!
/ Rasmus Priergaard
Pic: Speedjunkee Racepics