Demaria scores third consecutive podium
RaceThe number three seems to stick to Yves Demaria as he finished the German GP in third place for the third consecutive time. These recent results have promoted him to third in the standings. As could be expected on the fast and hard packed track Teutchental track, Claudio Federici was up there with the leaders and finished the race in fourth position.
There was disappointment for Pit Beirer who looked strong in the race but finally finished just outside of the points in sixteenth after a slide and a collision cost him too much time.
Y. Demaria 3rd / C.Federici 4th / M. Kovalainen 6th / P. Beirer 17th
Pre-race Yves was in his usual confident mood; My results have been steadily improving and I feel on this track I have again a good change to be on the podium. The race will probably be won on the start line, and with only one moto it will be crucial to be off the line quickly. Last year I was second in the first moto and I feel I can get that again or even one better. My motor is a little too strong and I have asked my mechanic to tune the motor a little softer, at the moment the motor is too vicious. The Teutchental track is very good for my style so I am hopeful.
On the race Yves stated: My start was not so good, so I adjusted my expectation and hoped for a third place, thats what I got so I must be happy. I pushed hard anyway and tried to catch Pichon and Bolley, however it was too difficult. Early in the race I had some problems with passing Maschio and Beirer and that cost me too much time. Once into fourth place I was okay and eventually passed Coppins to claim the podium. In the next few weeks we need to do more work in order for us to go for our first win. My consistency has been good and I know with the best possible set-up I can win some GPs. It is also important that I can maintain my position in the championship points as the first Yamaha rider.
Claudio Federici felt good in qualifying, but it did not show in his grid position; I dont understand why my qualifying time wasnt better. I really worked hard and my rhythm is good. Come race day Federici missed the perfect start needed for a winning challenge and lost time passing slower riders. I was so far back on the first lap that I could not catch the lead riders in time. I was happy to conquer fourth place by passing Coppins and Cooper. My speed was good enough for the podium, but still I had to settle for fourth place
For Pit Beirer it was a painful day as he had held a top three position early on, only to crash while in fourth place. It was a bitter disappointment for Pit who commented before the race; I am very happy to be racing in Germany. After the last few GPs I want to try to get a new start here for the rest of the season. I like this track, its a real Motocross track and it suits my style.
Unfortunately Beirer did not get the break he was hoping for. I felt good in those first few laps, then I made a mistake on lap seven while in fourth place, I drifted wide on a corner and slid off. I lost several places and started again in twelfth place. I was charging to make up some time, then somebody hit my back wheel and that caused me further problems. In the end I had lost my rhythm and lost places on the last few laps.