Along with racing the MXGP World Championship, Spanish GP rider, Jose Butron has been contesting the ADAC MX Masters for the WZ Racing team this year. Butron had a solid weekend finishing eighth in both of the moto’s to end up ninth overall. A solid weekend but he’d prefer to be in the top five!
Gianluca Ecca showed great speed in Holzgerlingen but didn’t have too much luck. In the first moto he found himself in thirteenth and knocking on the door for a top ten finish. However, some dirt blocked his rear brake which meant he went off the track, he lost too much time to get back for points. In the second moto he was seventeenth in the early stages before hitting the back wheel of another rider. When he got back and going he was dead last and couldn’t come back for points.
It was the last race for Jeremy Sydow on the WZ KTM as he’s switching teams for 2019. The young German didn’t take a good start in the first moto but came back to sixth in a decent recovery ride. In the second moto he was leading and looking good before a bike problem meant he couldn’t finish the race. An unlucky weekend but he ended up eighth in the championship.
As for Hardi Roosiorg, he had a real possibility of ending up third in the championship but it just wasn’t meant to be. Roosiorg was a strong sixth in the first moto and looking to move up the order before a mechanical problem meant he had to DNF the race. More bad luck hit the Estonian in moto two as he lost his rear breaks. Zero points during the final round but he still had a good series ending up fifth in the championship despite no points during the final round.
Young Russian rider, Timur Petrashin continues to improve each and every week. Twentieth in the first moto meant he picked up a point. However, in the second moto he had a great race and came home in ninth – a top ten result as he continues to show he’s building up speed.
Gianluca Ecca: “Saturday went pretty good and I could get a 10th place in my qualifying group. In moto on Sunday the starts were really good, I was in 17th after the first lap and moved forward to 13th after lap 3. Unfortunately some dirt blocked my rear brake in a downhill section and I went of the track which cost much time and I could only comeback to something around 30. In the second moto I was riding in 17 when I hit a back wheel from another rider which set me back to dead last. I was back in 24th position with 5 min to go and some slower riders in front of me made a mistake which ended my moto”.
Jeremy Sydow: “It was the last race of the season and my goal was to finish on the podium. In Moto 1 I had a bad start but rode some good lap times and finished in sixth. In Moto 2 I took the holeshot and was leading for some laps. Then I had bike problems and couldn’t finish the race. I didn’t want to end my season with a DNF but it is what it is”.
Hardi Roosiorg: “The ADAC in Holzgerlingen is a weekend I need to forget. On Saturday I didn’t have the feeling for the track which got me 4th position in my qualifying group and 7th behind the gate.
On Sunday the feeling was much better with the track, as it was more prepared and more softer, so in warm-up i was just focusing on the lines and some elements and got 6th place.
First race I was 6th from the start and as i was making a pass for 5th got mechanical problems which meant a DNF for me.
Second race, got the same start and was battling for 4th when I lost my rear brakes and had to come off the track. So a 0-0 in the last race was quite disappointing because I had a chance for a 3rd place in the championship standings, but had to settle for 5th.
I want to thank all my team WZ-Racing for the opportunity to ride ADAC, my sponsors, family and all my friends who supported me on and off the races”.
Article: Andy McKinstry