May 22, 2017


The technical and demanding track of Talkessel, near Teutschenthal, welcomed the MXGP circus for the German Grand Prix, eighth round of the world series. Great expectations for Arminas Jasikonis, who after having been third in race two in Latvia, was called for a confirmation test and was the only rider of the MXGP team, because of the absence of Kevin Strijbos, who was not ready yet to be back on the track. The strong Lithuanian has proved consistently and on a difficult track due to the abundant rain falling on the circuit in the night between Friday and Saturday, did a good job. Seventh absolute during the timed practice, Arminas qualified for the Grand Prix with the ninth place in the Saturday’s race and got a great ninth place on Sunday, what is the sum of the 11th and 9th position of the two moto.


Kevin Strijbos, operated at the injured elbow after the MXGP of Valkenswaard, was missing the second consecutive GP and the date of the his return as not yet been announced.


“The first moto was quite ok, not a great start but I had a good feeling on the track and that allowed me to come through into ninth place. Unfortunately, a bike issue meant that I dropped two positions near the end of the race but overall I felt good. In the second moto, I had a better start on my RM-Z450WS and I felt it was within my grasp to battle with the top guys. However, I didn’t ride with enough confidence on this track and I just couldn’t push as much as I should have. I finished ninth but I know I could have been up-front more, so I will keep working to make sure this doesn’t happen again. I want to fight with those guys like I did in Latvia so hopefully I can turn it around for next week in France.” 


The Italian team, still deprived of the MX2 rider, Giuseppe Tropepe, faces the German trip with only Ken De Dycker to defend the honour of the team managed by Inler Aldini and Gabriele Rinaldi. The work of fine tuning on the Belgian giant's bike continues, and this time he was able to make the most of its best, with the best seasonal result, with a seventeen overall place, the sum of two beautiful manche ride with great tenacity.

MXGP 9 KEN DE DYCKER 16th. 17th.

Great weekend for Ken De Dycker in Germany on the track of Teutschenthal. The Belgian has achieved excellent results, constantly trying to advance on the RM-Z450 managed by the JTech team. Eighteenth in Saturday's timed practice, Ken started off in the qualifying race, grabbing the seventeenth position in the first lap but stumbled into a fall that put him down to the last place from where he returned to the thirty-first final. Eighteenth at the first start in race one, he gave rise to an exciting comeback that led him to occupy the twelfth place before a brake issue let him loose four positions, bringing him down to the 16th place finish. In race two the start was not the best and De Dycker went out of the thirty at the first corner, crossing the finish line of the first lap in twenty-seventh. It was a tough race for him, but as a great wrestler, he pushed till the finish line, getting a seventeenth final place, that reward his efforts. With the nine points raised today, Ken climbs to the 25th place in the standings. 


The come back of the young Calabrian in race it’s scheduled for the next weekend, Giuseppe, due to the fracture of a collarbone was forced to skip three Grand Prix. On the Erneè French track, Tropepe will return to face the MX2 rivals.


In Germany, was also held the first race of the European Honda 150 series. The Championship, which consists of five Grand Prix, includes 22 riders from twelve different countries, including Japan. To win was the Italian Andrea Adamo, who dominated the weekend, with two first places won in the two races of Saturday and Sunday, been in the lead for the entire duration of the two moto. On the second step of the podium the Portuguese Luis Outerio, who finished twice behind the Sicilian, while third in both fractions, ended the Swedish Nordström Graaf. The show offered by the young riders on their small four-stroke Honda, will return in just over a month in Portugal for the second round that will take place in early July.

ANDREA ADAMO #10 1st.-1st.

“I have done a good race and been working hard. I am very happy. I won my first GP and it was spectacular! Thanks to my sponsors, my team and my family ed Axo who gave me some great meterial; I appreciated a lot the development work done on the new boots, that fits me really good.”

photo credits: Davide Messora