Silent Sport Suzuki team rider Marcus Schiffer raced to a double victory and to the series lead of the German ADAC Motocross Masters at the second round at Freising in Bavaria on Sunday.
Schiffer (24) dominated all weekend at the circuit, which is adjacent to Munich Airport, controlled the proceedings, racing to the front of the first moto early and was never challenged. In the second, he got a less-perfect jump off the gate in the mid-pack but stormed ahead at mid-race distance to bring home another victory.
"The track was rather worn down on Sunday and therefore more challenging, which is what I prefer. The fact that I have been riding almost only on sand tracks in the last couple of weeks makes the win even sweeter. My speed is good and I'm looking forward to the upcoming races; especially as there are two sand rounds waiting in the calendar."
Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe's Harri Kullas and Petar Petrov didn't get the starts needed and had a tough time: Kullas didn't find a good rhythm in moto one and only got flowing midway into the race and finished to15th. The 20-year-old Finn powered his 250cc factory machine to seventh place in moto two, showing a determined ride from behind against opponents using the 450cc machines.
"The starts were really difficult against the 450cc bikes. Although passing is very hard on this track, I managed to gain ground lap after lap. The come-from-behind performance in the second moto was a positive end of a lesser perfect weekend."
Petar Petrov also experienced the start straight to be difficult against the bigger machines. The Bulgarian battled through, taking a creditable 11th and 12th place.
"The races were really difficult for me. I didn't get the starts I was looking for and passing wasn't easy on this stony track. My aim was to finish on the podium, but this wasn't the right place and time. My races will certainly come."
The Youngster Cup saw Silent Sport Suzuki rider Rasmus Jorgensen climb onto the podium. The Dane had taken a break after the race at Drehna to nurse a broken finger and not fully fit, he still raced to a third and fourth moto finish for third overall on the day.
"I only raced one Danish Championship round in the last five weeks. I wasn't sure what to expect in Freising, but I like the track here next to the airport very much and was doing respectably. The next races should go even better."
Suzuki MX Team 91 team rider Jeremy Seewer delivered an excellent result, the Swiss finishing 14th and second in the races.
"I crashed in moto one, which was very frustrating. I continued without goggles and gloves and battled forward through the field, but more wasn't possible. The second race showed what I'm capable of. Second place was okay but I didn't want to risk too much on the slippery surface and crash again."
Junior Cup pilot Brian Hsu returned after injury. The talented hopeful of the Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe Team crashed in the first corner of the opening moto, but the 14 year old bounced back with a win in the second outing.
"I had too much wheelspin at the first start and then crashed in the turmoil of the first turn. That was annoying, but I made amends in moto two. I had used a lot of energy before but I got the win which gives me confidence for the next races."