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MOTOREX Racing Report 2015 EN

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ROAD RACING IDM SUPERBIKE HIT BY INJURIES 22-year-old Jan Halbich of Team HRP Holzhauer had a setback even before the season started when he was run over in March during a spot of motocross to increase his fitness levels. Fighting through the pain for much of his second IDM season, 138 points meant the Czech was beaten to fourth place by just two points. The second team supported by MOTOREX in the IDM Superbike had even worse luck when Luca Grünwald of Weber Diener Racing crashed while in eighth place in the very first race of the season at the Lausitzring. Breaking his foot, he was replaced by Australian Gareth Jones, only returning to the grid in time for the Nürburgring. Crunch time came in Budapest, where the 21-year-old German newcomer scored a fourth and a fifth place in scorching heat and on a physically demanding track. 86 points and seventh place overall for Grünwald despite six weeks on the sidelines spell huge potential. JAN HALBICH © Photos: Sportfoto Wiessmann © Photos: HRP Holzhauer LUCA GRÜNWALD IDM SUPERSPORT SPECTACULAR ONE-TWO FINISH AT THE LAUSITZRING Kawasaki Schnock MOTOREX Racing Team redoubled their IDM Supersport efforts once again with riders Jasha Huber and Christian von Gunten in 2015, with a second place for Christian in the second race of the season raising great expectations. The highlight of the season was definitely the double victory of the two Kawasaki riders in the exciting setting of the German touring car championship at the “DTM meets IDM” event at the Lausitzring during the last weekend in May. However, a blow was not far behind, with the Swiss von Gunten crashing at the Nürburgring and a broken collarbone shattering any chances of continuing his fight for the title. Meanwhile, at least young team-mate Jasha Huber kept on progressing, finishing the season in a very respectable fourth, one place ahead of his senior team-mate. CHRISTIAN VON GUNTEN 18 JASHA HUBER © Photos: Sportfoto Wiessmann

ROAD RACING © Photos: Sportfoto Wiessmann IDM SUPERSTOCK CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP STAMM JUGGLES MANY BALLS ROMAN STAMM Roman Stamm from the Kawasaki Schnock MOTOREX Racing Team has added yet another Championship runners-up medal to his extensive collection of second places in the IDM Superstock series of 2015. Minimal time for preseason testing meant initial set-up problems, which did not stop him from winning the second heat of the first race day at the Lausitzring. With frontend trouble constantly plaguing Stamm nearly the whole season, a string of second and third places still meant 260 points and another second place in the IDM while at the same time competing successfully in the Endurance World Championship with Team Bolliger and even finding the time to get married. Congratulations! 8th and 15th places respectively for fellow Schnock Superstock riders Chris Burri and Ville Valtonen meant an altogether decent showing in the 2015 Superstock competition. BRITISH SUPERBIKE THIRD AFTER THE SHOWDOWN Glorious, glorious 19th of April! Double wins awaited James Ellison at Brands Hatch when he returned to the site of last year’s crash that had ended his 2014 season so prematurely. The most experienced rider on Team GBmoto Kawasaki had also won the first heat at Donnington the previous race day, proving he had finally put together a winning package. Despite crashing at Thruxton and being ruled out of contention for Cadwell Park due to his injuries, Ellison easily qualified among the top six riders in a unique “showdown” at the end of the British series this time around, where he put in a good showing before tyre problems at Silverstone pushed the Lancastrian back to third place in the end. Meanwhile, junior team-mate James Westmoreland finally managed to clinch his maiden MCE British Superbike podium finish at Thruxton with a third place finish in race one, which had been coming for quite some time. JAMES ELLISON © Photos: Bonnie Lane Photographics TOURIST TROPHY NEW DAWN AT GBMOTO KAWASAKI Gary Johnson came late to the Kawasaki party for the 2015 incarnation of the most famous road race on the planet. Despite last year’s win in the Supersport TT, Johnson had incomprehensibly been ousted from the RST Superbike and Senior TT races at very short notice by his previous team. Still, their loss will prove GBmoto Kawasaki’s gain, even though time in the end was too short to configure a competitive bike for the top classes of the 2015 event. Escaping unhurt after crashing out on the final lap of the RST Superbike race, 12th place in the Senior TT was no consolation for the qualified electrician from Grimsby. GARY JOHNSON © Photos: Jon Jessop Photography 19

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