Beirer Maintains his Podium Form


Pit Beirer finished an excellent third place in the Belgian Grand Prix of Namur, today 5th August. Despite the difficult and narrow track which made passing almost impossible, the German Skittles Yamaha rider pulled off some characteristically radical moves to climb from 6th to a well-earned podium finish, his third so far this season. Fellow Yamaha rider Claudio Federici had a frustrating race but still managed to finish a close fourth. Yves Demaria’s run of bad luck continues after he was knocked out of the race in a first corner crash.

Maintaining his return to form, an upbeat Beirer was pleased with his day’s work: “After the good result in the French GP two weeks ago my confidence is totally changed. I attacked the Namur track and I think in qualification I showed I am one of the fastest here. It’s a track that takes a lot to learn, but the strong riders can do well here and I would like to think that I’m in that group. I am so excited about this result; I have been working so hard to get on the podium. My speed is not up to Pichon's yet, but I knew I could race for top three and today I was able to pass Federici with two laps to go for third place. Pichon and Reed were too far ahead.”

“I don’t know what it was”, said an unsatisfied Federici, “My start was okay, but I could not get past Coppins, in the early part of the race he was very slow. Bolley passed me, then he crashed and I passed him back. It is so slippery in the trees section and I did not want to risk an accident. Near the end of the race I started making mistakes and had to slow down. I am disappointed, as I could have made the podium had it not been for some small mistakes.”

“I crashed on the first corner and somebody ran into me. I am disappointed as I could have won here today like I did last year.” After four consecutive non-results, Demaria can only hope for an up-turn in form for the next round to be held in Switzerland next weekend.