Thursday, 16 April 2009
Been away on a road test in the Lake District. Paid to ride around on bikes for two days in the most beautiful area of Britain, what a life.
Anyway, a few things happened while I was away.
The Chalfont hillclimb has been cancelled, so Skooter Farm's season opener is going to be the first Short Track UK race at King's Lynn, Sunday May 3.
There's a practice at King's Lynn this Sunday.
'Riders, here's a great chance to give the new machines a good test session at the Norfolk Arena, just two weeks before the first round. It's a private test session and will only be open for shorttrack riders, on Sunday April 19th, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, £25 for registered riders and £30 non- registered. If you need any more info contact the shorttrack office on 01507 313829.'
And the first race of the European Mefo Sport Cup has happened. Here's the official report. Marco, carrying the number 1 plate in photo, was in blistering form. Three Brits travelled over to Germany and came in the top 5.
'The International Mefo Sport Flattrack Cup 2009 kicked off during the first true summer weekend of the year. The warm Easter weather drew in a large crowd who, whilst enjoying some beers and bratwurst, occupied the large hill overlooking the gorgeous Lindenau Stadium in Neuenknick. Both the international speedway riders as well as the flat track racers produced some breathtaking battles treating the spectators to high quality racing.
With some riders benched due to injuries and others who couldn’t make it, nine riders battled for the honor spots. And what a battle it was! With only seasoned racers on the track it was impossible to predict the outcome, riders dominating one heat were struggling dead last the next and back in front after that!
A nasty collision in the second heat forced Swiss rider Mario Müggler to retire, but fortunately Dutch riders Borger and Mulder were able to continue racing. It were the veteran flat track riders who decided the outcome with reigning Champion Marco Belli forcing his way to the front during the all deciding twelve lap final. With Belli defending his number one plate, Britain’s Steve Hall and Peter Boast managed to secure second and third, with Jansen and Greig only a couple of feet behind them.'
1. #1 Marco Belli, Varese (I), team CCM
2. #77 Steve Hall, Harrogate (UK), MRS-KTM
3. #54 Pete Boast, Burgh-on-Bain (UK), team Suzuki
4. #15 Jan-Willem Jansen, Adetswil (CH), Dutch-Brothers KTM
5. #10 Tim Greig, Market Rasen (UK), ASR-Honda
6. #28 Halbe Scheper, Emmer-Compascuum (NL), Mokobouw-Honda
7. #4 Henderik Mulder, Roderesch (NL), Mulder-Yamaha