Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Marco is EuroChamp

125 GP rider Randy Krumenacher

Nederlander Hendrik Mulder

British superstar Tim Greig was facing the tough task of fighting off the Jansen’s and others who all had a realistic chance of snatching his second place in the championship! At the same time Greig was the only con-tender who could still beat Marco Belli to the overall victory. And with Belli unable to defend due to other rac-ing duties in England it promised to be an exciting day! The rider field was further boosted with a guest ap-pearance of 125 GP star Randy Krummenacher who followed the example of many successful road racers to practice on the dirt tracks!
Over 1000 spectators (WOW! - SB) came to watch the flat track show on the asymmetrical 700m track in the Lübbenauer Spreewald! One of the highlights was the rider presentation animated by a cheerful marching band in traditional style!
With all the qualification wins going to different riders, an exciting main event was about to start! With the track suffering a little under the hard racing the Dutch grass track aces felt right at home and there was just no catching them! Bert Bijkstra crossed the line first on his Gulf Honda, his victory was well deserved after his injury sustained in the first round in Güstrow earlier in the season. Wiemer Borger came second on his Brandoil KTM closely followed by a charging Hendrik Mulder on the borrowed Pol-Suzuki. Tim Greig rode his best race of the season bringing his ASR Honda home fourth, successfully resisting the pressure from his direct championship contenders and securing his second place overall! Randy Krummenacher got better and better with each lap and was charging hard in spectacular style to nearly catch Mick Jansen! Marco Belli can be grateful to the Dutch trio who defended his lead and is crowned International Mefo Sport Flat track Champion 2008!

Marco Belli: "First I want to thank The Dutch Brothers & Mefo for letting this happen; I had the chance to race on totally different tracks, each amazing and in a great location. Thanks also to CCM for giving me the best package to race with… It’s fantastic winning the championship, and I can’t wait to mount the number one plate on my bike!!! Then I'll have to defend it, which sometimes is harder, but I'll try to keep it, for sure… so see you next year!"

Next events: 27 September training Macon (F); ??? training Herxheim (D); 8-12 October bike show Inter-mot (D); 18 October Chris Carr flat track school (UK); 5-10 December custombike show (D)

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