Team Suzuki riders Marcus Schiffer and Jeremy Sewer dominated the third round of the German ADAC Motocross Championship at Höchstädt at the weekend aboard their RM-Z450 and RM-Z250s.
Silent Sport Suzuki's Schiffer (pictured) continued where he left earlier in May at the previous round in Freising, the 24-year-old dominating on Saturday with a lap time two seconds quicker than his opposition. And on Sunday, despite average starts, he delivered a maximum points score.
Said Schiffer "Things are going ideal right now. The bike works perfectly, the team is offering amazing support; and I'm feeling great all around. The track was a little too easy in the first moto, but I still managed to get to the front rather early. There were more ruts in the second race and I felt even better and brought home the victory in a controlled manner."
Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe's World MX2 rider Harri Kullas scored his best moto result in the series so far. The Finn had to give his all after a mediocre start and was rewarded with a fourth place in the opening moto. But Kullas was prevented from taking part in moto two because his mechanic delivered the bike a few seconds too late into the waiting zone. "This is annoying," commented Team Principal Thomas Ramsbacher on the mishap. "But it is human after all."
Said Kullas: "I had a really good first moto and was satisfied with my speed. A better start would have meant an even better result. So I'm motivated and looking forward to the next races!"
Rockstar Energy Suzuki team-mate Petar Petrov struggled with his starts in both motos. The Bulgarian had to battle through the field to reach the top 10 finishing 10th overall. He said: "I have the feeling that I didn't ride badly although the scoreboard might indicate differently. Starting against the bigger 450cc bikes still gives me problems. You really have to work hard if you are not near the front early. Anyway, it was good practice for the French Grand Prix."
Suzuki success was completed by Nicolai Hansen. The Dane, competing for team AC MoTec - MG Sport by STC, ended the race in sixth position overall and currently sits eighth in the standings.
Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki MX Team 91) shined in the ADAC Youngster category. The Swiss rider took the overall win with a moto victory and a ninth place in the second outing and heads the series going into round four.
Said Seewer: "The second moto wasn't as good as before. I had to come from way back following a crash. Finishing ninth wasn't that bad considering the circumstances. It's surprising to still take the overall. Being in the series lead is great. I'll have to stay on my toes to defend that position."
Silent Sport Suzuki pilot Rasmus Jorgensen didn't have a good day at Höchstädt. The Dane won Saturday's qualifying, but crashed early in race one on Sunday. Jorgensen quit the race after more crashes and faced another fall in moto two, ending the race in fifth place.
Said: Jorgensen: "My handlebars were bent after the crash. It was difficult to turn into the corners. I had two further crashes, making it pointless to continue after that. There was not much room between the motos so I decided to come in and give my mechanics additional time to work on the bike and I posted the fastest lap-time in the final lap of the second moto, which lifted my spirits a lot."