Silent Sport Suzuki Team rider Marcus Shiffer increased his lead in the German ADAC Motocross Championship at the fifth round at Tensfield in northern Germany on Sunday.
The 24-year-old RM-Z450 rider finished runner-up to Grand Prix guest entrant Max Nagl in the deep sandy conditions, despite suffering a poor start and two crashes in the first moto, but now leads the series by 82 points with three rounds remaining.
“The result is ok although I’m not totally happy with how I rode today. Two crashes in moto one is nothing to be proud of and obviously the front riders were gone after that. I was too ambitious making up for the bad start and that´s why the mistakes probably happened. But considering that I am 82 points ahead, there´s no need to complain. There are three races left so it´s important to stay concentrated and keep the momentum.”
The Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe MX2 Team didn´t have a particularly-enjoyable weekend at Tensfeld: Harri Kullas underwent knee surgery in the week leading to the race and will miss the remainder of the season, while Petar Petrov decided to sit out Sunday´s race programme due to a shoulder injury.
Thomas Ramsbacher – Team Manager:
“It´s a pity to lose Harri for the rest of the season, but the surgery was inevitable and Petar´s health problems come on top. He didn´t crash, yet he continued to have the feeling that his shoulder may pop-out on the same part of the track, so we decided to play it safe and take no risk. He will be thoroughly examined in the next few days to get a diagnosis, so let´s hope he´s not seriously injured.”
Nicolai Hansen, riding for Team AC MoTEC – MG Sport by STC, delivered his best result of the season so far, finishing fifth overall. The Dane ended moto one in seventh position, before taking third place in moto two.
Suzuki MX Team 91’s 17-year-old Jeremy Seewer successfully defended his championship lead in the ADAC Youngster Cup, the Swiss rider crossing the finish line first after a calculated ride in race one and then taking fourth in race two.
“Race one was immaculate, period. I struggled in the second race to find my rhythm as the track was really worn out, which made it difficult to win again. Overall winner Brent van Doninck is no competitor in the championship, as it was his first participation this year, so I managed to stretch my points lead. The next round at Gaildorf will be held on hard-pack, which should suit me better.”
Round four of the ADAC Junior Cup brought Brian Hsu two top-10 finishes. The fast-learning German-Taiwanese, riding for the Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe Team, doesn´t feel at home in the sand just yet, but showed promise despite bad starts, taking a 10th and a seventh position.
“This is new to me. I only rode in the sand once before Tensfeld. Back home in Cremona we don´t have this type of soil to practice on, unfortunately. I got blocked in race one and had to come from 26th place. The second moto didn´t start well either as I crashed in the first corner and had to fight through the field, so finishing seventh wasn´t that bad considering the circumstances.”