Guidetty and Dobes amongst fastest privateers


Yamaha’s changes for success in the 125 class have been greatly reduced by injury this year with Luigi Seguy revalidating from his recent operation on both knees. With no official supported riders starting in Gaildorf, there was still cause for optimism as French privateer Serge Guidetty took a solid eight place, whilst Czech born Josef Dobes, actually a resident of southern Germany since he was a small child, had a terrific ride through the pack from early misfortune to finish tenth. The fight for the championship title is exciting as ever with Mikeal Maschio taking over the lead with a buffer of one single point on Belgian Patrick Caps

A happy Dobes stated; "I've had a couple of difficult races since my top six finishes in Italy and Bulgaria, but I am very pleased with my form today. Those of us who had to come through the qualifiying races yesterday had a difficult time in the first corner, because the soil on the outside was very loose and it was like riding on ice. Then someone fell off in the middle of the turn and those on the inside had a clear run.

"I was able to recover places quite quickly and was already 10th before half-distance before a couple of other riders managed to pass me. But I knew that these riders were going to run out of steam before the end, and decided not to take any risks of exhaustion in this heat (+30 degrees). Perhaps I could have gone with them, but they faded as I expected. I made a charge on the guy in ninth on the last lap, but he was just out of reach."

Four more Yamahas, ridden by Antoine Letellier, Rui Goncalves, Billy MacKenzie and Marvin Van Daele, also scored points to prove the quality of the production 125 Yamaha.