Oschersleben 2004

7 Май 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи Oschersleben 2004 отключены

OSCHERSLEBEN 2004 — 15th — 16th

The penultimate race of the World season and we were at Oschersleben in the East Germany. with entries — from MZ the and KTM, the LC8. that was a very trick Buell a Z1000 Kawasaki, the MV Agusta, the sundry Yamaha R6’s a CBR600, a Suzuki GSXR750 and the bunch of Yamaha, Suzuki, and Honda 1000’s

nobody was surprised that the KTM failed to — it looked like a machine, a bit like a horse.

was a real prize; double awarded for a full 24 hour and GMT94 were leading the from Castrol Suzuki by 14 A win here would make job at the last round in Vallelunga SO easier. trouble was, Castrol Suzuki had yet to be beaten in a

They have had their this year, most with Olivier Four the bike spectacularly on cold at Zhuhai in China with five minutes of the race — but they hadn’t out-raced. This had to change to the French GMT94 team a at the title. So far this year, the had always proved the faster but Suzuki had a faster TEAM due to pit work, bike setup and of riders; and example being rider Vincent Philippe get into the lead of the race and the would maximize that by able to keep the bike out on for a few laps longer than the GMT

In qualifying, once again Philippe set the fastest lap on the No.3 Suzuki. but the times of all three riders were very and, taken as an average, than Castrol Suzuki.

The Suzuki No.3 had taken position with GMT94’s second and the No.5 WRT Honda Fireblade in third. Moto38’s was 4th this time with the Bolliger No.8 Kawasaki in 5th and Austria No.7 in 6th, Champions Phase One No.1 in 7th but quietly confident that so-far-calamitous season would for the better. Their new-for Yamaha R1 was very fast but problems (small in themselves but damaging to thir results) had their season so far an absolute

it would go from bad to worse for at Oschersleben.

Team Diablo 666 who everything with the Bolliger team had problems from the — rider Kevin had crashed in qualifying and broken an — he was replaced by Eric for the race.

There was an absolutely schedule of racing for the German with the MZ Youngster Cup, KTM battle, Pro-Junior Cup, Mille Challenge, the Red Bull Cup, the Yamaha R6 Dunlop the Sidecar Euro Cup, and the SuperMono Championship all taking alongside the World Endurance as you can see, there was absolutely NO in the action!

There was a touching on the start line as the Yamaha team put up a sign remembering Yaroslav Hules who had committed earlier in the year after recurring bouts of depression.

So, the and GMT94 had the hole shot by the Castrol Suzuki No.3 the Bolliger No.8 Kawasaki to keep in touch and managing to do so for laps that usual but as the first hour unfolded it was that the battle for this was between the French rival and they were taking no

The Castrol Suzuki finally to pass the GMT94 Yamaha but the were locked together, the lead and every pit stop see either the Yamaha leading by 20 or the Suzuki leading by the same The Suzuki was able to do more per session — but the Yamaha had pit stops — it all evened out to a mighty battle on track.

Then the problems started again for the World Champions One No.1. They had been over the initial couple of with their junior the Shell Endurance Academy over 8th place but by Lap 5, Dean had stopped on the far side of the track and was everything he knew to get the bike all to no avail. He was as far away from the as was possible to be — AND on the wrong of the track to cut across the in-field.

He up having to push the bike to the pits for almost an entire

When he finally arrived in the pits after around (by this time the leaders on Lap 33), the problem was found to be by a dislodged spring in the starter It had jammed the starter motor on and had drained the battery. The problem more time to diagnose it did to fix. by Lap 39 they were in the race.

In between all of this, the Innodrom No.15 had crashed on lap 14 but the race after pit box repairs.

Karl Truchsess on the the WRT Honda No.5 had fluffed the start, his run across the track before else, checking, then left behind in the mad rush, leaping on his Honda and then unable to start the bike. but by Lap 19 he had to carve through the field to get up to and join the fast guys but race would only until 7pm when shrapnel the gearbox got into the engine and would have to retire.

Lap 28 and the Suzuki No.3 had taken the and were 6.5 seconds in front of having posted the fastest lap of the so far at 1:31.005sec. The Moto38 Yamaha was 22 behind GMT94 Yamaha in having passed the Bolliger Kawasaki. Behind Bolliger was the Austria No.7, Shell Academy Suzuki No.6, Bikers Suzuki No.47 seem to be improving greatly race!), WRT Honda Austria Jet Team Suzuki No.4 in 10th place, the Bergmann Suzuki No.17.

All through the first riders’ the GMT94 Yamaha was losing a amount of time to the Castrol every lap as the Yamahas rear had spun on it’s rim and was unbalanced but after their first they were now clawing that time and were on the Castrol Suzuki No.3.

The Eurosport Benelux No.18 had lost the front end and crashed on lap 35 and had a lot of time. they were in 38th place.

The works team. rider Paolo had been looking forward to race all year. The team finally happy with the and it was starting to become competitive in an capacity and Paolo REALLY to compete in a 24 hour event. It was not to be.

On lap 57 only 1 hour and 40 minutes of the Bennelli came along pit and was ridden (by Paolo) directly the pit box where the shutters were lowered on plumes of smoke out of the bike’s exhaust.

Paolo was in tears and got away from by going over to the trackside box. The Benelli triple was out of the

As for the twins, the Buell was still well. but in last place of the still competing. and the MZ1000S was everyone. It’s a heavy to throw around for 24 hours, as was virtually nothing changed on it the road-going machine — but it was the business in the middle of the field, outside of the top 20 and would slowly but climb up the field as attrition it’s toll of the other — at one time up to 15th finally completing the full 24 race in 18th place. it have been higher but for involved in an accident with the Team Fagersjo-el.se No.12 which crashed out of 10th and caught fire around one and a hours before the end of the race.

At 7:50 in the evening, more for the Phase One Suzuki No.1. Walter Tortoroglio had crashed. He to get the bike back to the pits but had hit his and was carted off to the Medical Centre as Ellison took the bike out but team manager Russel had had there was no way that the team get any motivation to run only two riders for the of the race just to fight for 20th place. The World had retired from the race.

One of the said ..we knew the season was already down the — now somebody has just it.

10 in the evening. GMT94 had pushed and it depended on the pit stops as to who was leading the at any one time. When I looked at the screens it was GMT94 in 1st, Castrol Suzuki, Yamaha Bolliger Kawasaki, Bridgestone Suzuki, Jet Suzuki, JLC Moto Suzuki, Moto38, EMPP and Hepelmann Yamaha.

Just 10pm, the Bolliger Kawasaki into the pits rattling a bag of nails, hit by the same problem had at Zhuhai. The high-speed generator had kaput — and they out of the race. As rider Marcel said . yes, it’s a problem. it doesn’t happen on the bikes but it’s a problem for the machines.

So, that was the Benelli the Phase One No.1 Suzuki, the Austria No.5, the Bolliger No.8 and the No.14 Maco Yamaha all out even before the race was completed. Oschersleben has a reputation for being pretty on riders and machines.

Hour 9 and things were the same except for the absence of — GMT94 were 25 seconds in front of the Castrol

Then — at 9 minutes and 47 past midnight, Dominique world fell apart.

The Suzuki had blown it’s and spread oil all over the track, down another 6 bikes in wake. The pace car was out for a total of 22 while the mess was cleared up. The pit was crowded with bikes in for repairs — and some had to retire — but the No.3 was not one of those that came

Castrol Suzuki were out of the and out of the battle for the 2004 World Championship. Manager Dominique couldn’t believe it . it’s ten years since one of our Suzuki’s

Now the stress was doubled for Costes, and Checa on the GMT94 Yamaha. were 6 laps ahead of the Yamaha Austria team, who themselves 9 laps ahead of and rider David Checa was to take it easy. one of the most things to do in a race.

They did it, kept their cool and a great second half of the extending their lead the No.7 Yamaha Austria R1, had once again brake problems — and then overheating. GMT94 were, by 9 in the 7 laps ahead of the second-placed and 21 laps ahead of third. and was the unusual sight of the managers of the leading and the second-placed machines in discussing how best to tackle the overheating problem.

Needless to Manfred ‘Mandy’ Kainz, the Austria team boss the advice and brought the No.7 in for a They found that the system was totally empty. filled the system up, threw a of buckets of water on the engine to it down and sent it out again.

Problem solved. the R1 ran as sweet as a nut that with no further

In third place, the Moto38 just couldn’t close the In fact, the gap grew wider as, for the time in the race, the Yamaha’s cable broke and rider Giabbani had to do yet another full lap the engine just on tick-over he could get back to the pits to the cable.

And that’s how it stayed the end of the race.

So. congratulations to GMT94 who are the new World Endurance Champions, Oschersleben with an unassailable lead in the series — and is also Yamaha’s first Endurance crown. The top three Yamahas. and the top two were running

The fight will still be on for the spot, as only 6 points now Yamaha Austria, Moto38 and Suzuki in 2nd, 3rd and 4th. on Vallelunga!

I hate to say I told you so. but before the season started I that GMT94 would win the Championship. just as I predicted the One would win last year.

Benelli 666
Benelli 666
Benelli 666


Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "Benelli":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.