After a relaxing ride to Rinteln and a short tour through the "holy grounds" of M-TeK Alex, we packed up the XBR and set the course eastward towards Christian. There was already waiting a steaming pizza for us and Heiko and Hoffmann’s family. Afterwards we loaded the rest like the new equipment including Lista toolboxsyteme from Thomas (just the very finest!), and started in a convoy with Heiko towards the Czech Republic. Overnight we were accommodated in the middle of the Erzgebirge at Thilo’s countryhotel (a friend of Heiko’s), 40 minutes from the track, from where we left Friday morning after a good breakfast.
After registration and moving into the box, we went into the first free practice session. The second free practice, Alex made a special construction which adjusted the clutch so it was closer to the handle and I could grab it better with the hurt hand (which then works over the whole weekend good). In the 3. practice I had a wild highsider in turn 1 and in the fourth gear jumped out once in turn 11. To be on the safe side with the gears, Alex decided to use the new Trapdoorsetup removed the gearbox to played all the relevant switching steps in order to exclude damage. The problem was that I arrived in the fast left corners in the full 3. gear and in the center of the curve the gear lever could not be pushed down far enough, so that I was between the 3. and 4. gear... For the fourth free practice we switched to the magnesium wheels fitted with tires from the last race in Oschersleben, and I could go with a total of 1:53.614, the fastest training time in Pro BEARS. Dennis Glass had unfortunately crashed in the third free practice and broke pelvis and collar bone, from here, Get well soon!
In the morning, the first qualifying with magnesium rims and used tires at still quite low temperatures... P1... For the second qualifying the aluminum rims were mounted with new tires and new brake pads, and I got immediately a much better feeling and then I went back pole with 1:51.884 (Zwanzig: 1:51,920 Mothes: 1:53.039). Between qualify and race there was another warm-up, where I spared myself because of my finger and rolled only three turns.
I had a very good start, I could go directly on the inner line behind Dirk and keep Bernd out of reach, Dirk set the braking point sooo late that he passed half of the 600 SSP-tip in Turn 1 (the Pro Bears races were held together with SSP + B Open).
At first, the was a whole pack of rice cookers between me and Dirk. When I had passed them I could close up to Dirk who slowed down as he had taken the lead of two 600’s. When one of them passed him, he hooked onto that one and dragged away so I could not close the gap.
The last rounds, my finger hurt worse, unfortunately, and I had to clench my teeth... But the reward was a jubilant Alex and Heiko, who received me in the box and I could enjoy my first podium with P2 for Pegasus.
The Evening was initiated together with family Mothes, Alex and Heiko in a nearby restaurant and were fed traditional Czech dinner - what an experience! Later, Alex, Heiko and me discussed strategies for the next day.
1. Dirk Mothes 1:49.898
2. Robin Taborsky 1:50.478
3. Bernd Zwanzig 1:50.541
Sunday, in the warm-up I again tried different lines for different corners to find more speed. In the third warm-up I rode a set of new tires for the race, just for the good feeling that the grip is working.
On the grid after the infolap the XB lost its idlespeed and shut off... I got it started again.. But the electricpower was not enough for the tachometer and I thought it must be a kind of grounderror (as it turned out, it was caused by a faulty onboard battery). At the line, I was then a bit unconcentrated and unsure because I got no more cockpit information, and laid down a disastrous start... Gave too much throttle and the front wheel whipped into the air (Craig Jones had had his fun:) I needed to shut down the throttle and Bernd Zwanzig was gone through ...
Was then trapped in the first turn after a couple of body contacts with some of the IL-fours and got 120m behind Bernd, Dirk even further in front was gone. It took a few laps until I could catch up to Bernd and then I came round after round closer ...
The finger throbbed but I could smell the second place and had already the last three rounds again given everything and run the fastest time of the whole week end with 1:50.259... At last I had to admit that another round would have been missing to get in striking distance to Bernd... So then the 3rd place and the second fastest race lap was the result.
1. Dirk Mothes 1:49.605
2. Bernd Zwanzig 1:50.299
3. Robin Taborsky 1:50.259
The time would have been good enough even driven in both races for 4th place in the Supersport class against the current 600cc Japanese, to watch their long faces was a real good one, I quote what one of them said: "That American oldiron can be moved really quickly ...”
Pushrodpower rulez (-:
In the overall standings, I am if I counted correctly, now pushed on P3 in the Pro BEARS.
Next date is Round 7 from 28-29th August on “Schleizer Dreieck”.
If you could not make it to Schleiz: At the Biketoberfest from 7th to 10th of October in Oschersleben, with the finals on all racing series, the team organizes a Buell Trackday with Tracktime, a Buell only race, Buellparty, etc. More Info here >>>
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