Saturday, January 30, 2010

HP motor racing, Goldbacher Stadion, D

The 5th race of the German Cross Country Championship in Goldbach near Aschaffenburg, Germany, marked the highlight so far of this year´s GCC series; not only did several 1000 spectators crowd the track, but with his 9th place in the professional class, Simo Kirssi rode to his first top 10 placement on the BMW HP2 Enduro. The 26 year-old Finn got off to a flying start and was in 4th position coming out of the first bend on to the very narrow and demanding course. The field of starters was even more high-calibre than ever before in this series. For example the well-known cross specialist Bernd Eckenbach put in an appearance and also the multiple Enduro all world champion Giovanni Sala on the newly-developed 950 KTM showed up ...

Goldbacher Stadion, D
After the start the field of riders got sorted as usual. Simo kept an eye on his opponents and guarded a firm position in the group between 5th and 10th place. The course in Goldbach gave the spectators ideal opportunities to follow the race. In a valley hollow covered with fruit trees, the MSC Goldbach had designed a track which fully met Cross Country demands. There were tight winding sections with hidden jumps and also a few short full speed straights.

Simo Kirssi MSC Goldbach
Once again the HP2 proved that it can cope with any sort of terrain. It handled the two hours of racing without any problems. Once again Simo was the crowd´s darling. "Near-perfect", said HP2 rider Kirssi after the race and his 9th position. "I got on very well here. Apart from a slight ground contact after about two thirds of the distance I had no problems at all. In one hairpin bend it was extremely dusty and I wasn´t able to see the track properly. Thank God the HP2, wasn´t damaged."

HP2 rider Kirssi
The "duel of the giants", as the meeting of the two 2-cylinder bikes - the BMW HP2 Enduro and the new KTM 950 - resulted in a clear victory by points for Simo Kirssi. He had taken up the challenge to defeat the world champion in aggressive style. And he proved that he was the stronger rider on the HP2. At no time did he leave Giovanni Sala even the slightest chance.

This season´s objective for the HP2, namely to be among the top 10 at the end of the season, is drawing ever closer. Of seven races there are still two left with Lahnberg and Eckolstädt , and Simo Kirssi is currently in 10th place overall. And the current trend is towards single digit placements as the season proceeds.

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