Demaria makes the best of it


France’s Yves Demaria finished a respectable fourth place in the German MX250 GP at Gaildorf. Winner of the previous Swiss round, Claudio Federici could only manage an eighth place finish and Pit Beirer trailed home 25th. For all three Yamaha mounted riders it was a disappointing result: Demaria had raced for third spot early on only to lose his podium finish in the last moments, while Federici started badly and had to fight through from last place on the first lap. Local favourite Beirer was devastated with his result after crashing in the third lap.

Y. Demaria 4th / C. Federici – 8th / P. Beirer – 25th

“I am confident with the bike, I know the YZ250’s are fast in conditions like this and I felt strong,” said Demaria. “I won the GP here in 1994 and as our set-up was also very good, I could not imagine not being on the podium. I made a good start and was behind Coppins for many laps, but I think I made a mistake with the tyres, I picked a hard track rubber, but the track had many spots that were soft. I would have been liked to finished on the podium, however with my tyre problem it was not possible.”

Despite an average result, Federici keeps his third place in the championship standings: “I like tracks that are hard and dry, however before the race they were watering I maybe a bit too enthusiastically. I didn’t put too much pressure on myself after winning in Roggenburg last week, but I thought I could be top three, and gave it 100%. I crashed on the second corner and got up in last place. I was able to move into 14th place by half race distance, my lines were okay and this track was good for me so moving into 8th place at the end was the best possible result.”

A heavy crash meant local star Pit Beirer was unable to live up to his expectations; “This is my home track, I just live down the road and many of my family and friends are here today. In 1997 I won the GP here and in 1991 I won the German championship here. I am a little upset I did not get pole position on Saturday as it would have been good for the fans.
“I was quickest all morning on Saturday, then at the last moment I just didn’t have the speed to get pole. We changed tyre many times in practice and I think the set-up was near perfect. I crashed hard while chasing Chad Reed and some parts on the bike were broken and I also hurt myself pretty bad. I pitted and tried to get the bike fixed, which was possible, but I lost too much time and could not get any points.”