TL1000 cup final round, Pannonia Ring, Hungary

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cup final round, Pannonia Hungary

Well this be my last track report year, I promise!

TL1000 cup Ring (Hungary) 2.-4.10.09

Well, in theory I couldn’t in that last round. No holidays left. In theory shouldn’t be a problem anyway, the cup be decided before and I could that round.

Well, as reality was different. The TL1000 cup fully decided yet. My was on holidays, so it was very difficult to get day off.

My boss said yes in a weak moment, so let’s go time my dad joined me, because I had to over night to get to work

Thursday 1.10.09

The track is 1000km east of Switzerland. I only leave the office noon. We had some traffic too, so it was 01:00 AM when we arrived at the track.

Quickly the bike such that I sleep in the van, dad was in the hotel in the paddock.

Friday 2.10.09

shows 7 sessions of free should be plenty enough to the track. Well, the track to be very difficult. On a first a very weird track all different corners in a rather sequence. I needed about two or sessions to really learn the On a closer view, the track is fluent, but still difficult.

It is important to drive the right because there are many and some blind corners. important thing is that it is bumpy with two wheelie The TL always shakes the head over these. Even closing the steering damper by at 5 clicks, I once get serious after landing it cross.

The photographer had proof why, see

At lunch I’m with a of 2:12 already on the first of the timesheets.

In the afternoon I play different suspension settings. is fast but almost undriveable, it is very unstable. Imagine last year in Donington, it by four and that’s about how it Very wild indeed!

I free practice in the evening, dropped a lot and by the end it was almost dark

The usual beer barbequeue in the didn’t go on for too long because it was cold.

Saturday 3.10.09

shows qualifing practice 12:00 and the sprint races in the

In the morning, I change the suspension to a rather stiff setup. much better, much too and there’s much less of in the bike. For the last qualy I mount the good medium slick from Brno weekend. Unfortunately the session is due to an accident in the previous group.

So are only a few fast laps In the (fast) inlap, I suddenly see a wheel on the inside when into turn 6. Well, means carnage, you can’t there! A fraction of a second my right hand grabbed the lever, the front wheel and I was in the process of going down a lot of speed (4th gear

Then very suddenly the wheel gripped at full again, big clonk of a very bottom out of the forks, my head to the fairing stay and windscreen. follows is a monster tank while running off track about 200m of grass I could stop it and take a deep breath. Remember Max crash 2008 in Philipp

That’s how it looked, but with less on the clock and I didn’t Well, quick check of me and Brakes feel spongy and my is bleeding. OK, nothing serious, back to the pits.

In the pits I the bike. I limited the steering using balance weights. these weights were now 0.01mm thin, completely For security reasons I also front wheel, you never if the brake rotors or even the tyre have internal In the meantime, the one who tried to pass me by and aplogized.

He crashed himself two later at very high Well finally it was my fault to and I didn’t crash, so shake and forget it. Of course I was extremely

After the brief repair I drove some laps in the practice at lunch just everything with the bike is OK. filled in some 8l of fuel and the TL was for the sprint race. I was 5th in the grid, best 2:09.1.

Looks a promising grid position.

Our starts at 14:30. Pitlane for 2mins, I roll to the starting The start to the warmup lap is used to what’s possible to the first 5th gear, then one gear to 4th was the plan for the first corner.

Heated up the brakes properly the start. My start was really again, I was 3rd into the first I stayed on this position for of the race. For the last laps, I to catch up. During the last the 2nd (on a GSX-R 750) looked at T4 and saw me very close behind

I was at his rear wheel at the short that leads to T12 and T13, we approached two lapped bikes had been shown blue The GSX-R 750 in front of me hesitated direction outside line of T13 to lap the TLR in front of us. I decided to take the line and overtake them at the same corner. Of yourse it got close.

With a deep I squeezed through on the inside, and crossed the finish line as Personal best lap 2:06.592.

the race I excused for the tight Etienne, the driver of the (lapped) TLR, said for him it was OK to pass on the but he didn’t expect the GSX-R on the They touched and he had to drive the gravel.

That pass was of discussions with the driver of the 750 after the race. In his opinion, I was too rough against the lapped TLR and if he didn’t give way we would crashed all three. My opinion was is) that I was on the right line and he clearly made an error to go the outside.

Finally I admitted my pass wasn’t really and so we shook hands and settled it as a incident.

Well, that finally me time to think about the TL To get the title, I had to win in the TL class and Harry get 2nd. I did my part and won the TL class, but about Harry? He was already MotoGP practice, so I knew had gone wrong and I would be the TL cup again!

What happened? TLR engine went south at the to the warmup lap. So he had to retire.

means we have equal in the 4 counted TL1000 cup rounds, but to a better void result, win. Whoo hooo.

The towards the evening I test the GP racer rear tyre. the right pressure, it works OK on track.

In the evening, there is a big offered by the organizer of the race SPS race. Also there are the ceremonies for all classes. My results 2nd in the Pro SBK class, 1st in the TL1000 ranking, 1st in the cup ranking.

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The latter leads me to the overall 2nd place in the Dunlop Cup ranking. I win two rear and a front

Of course we celebrate the good a very funny evening in the

Sunday 4.10.09

Schedule free practice from to lunch. Well, most of the skip the first session to up after the short night. The of this morning is to qualify for the GP Over 70 drivers on the list, but ony 44 can I qualify with a low 2.09.

Unfortunately none of the other TL qualified. The race would be a long 18 laps!!

My time was for 5th row in the grid, position 20. My start was again, but I was blocked by the 4th row that all got a start. Some 1000 I4 me into the first two corners. I’ll fight back. But when power isn’t so here, it would help to

On every short straight I some ground and it’s virtually impossible to pass on the Passing with raw corner is difficult and risky, so I need time to pass back. I am hanging on behind a ZX-10R, I get close in T2 and want to keep as as somehow possible through T3 to him into T4. Unfortunately there is debris on the track in the middle of the the Kawa decides to go round the and sends me to the gravel. Crap.

to the dirt bike class I did year I didn’t fall and quickly back on track, of behind the bikes I just

Well, so I have to catch up them again. They for position themselves, so catching up take too long. When I was that Kawa again, I had a attention span and ran off track at Well, the gravel was very and deep, but thanks to that bike experience I managed to upright and get back on track But now my race was over, I needed a lap to get the tyres clean and on temperature

When I got blue flags in the 2nd lap, I looked behind and saw Well, that means if I get I have to do one lap less. So I slowed a bit down and let the leader pass me in the corners.

I was (mentally) totally what a DIFFICULT track!

A to forget. 19th place, at I improved my personal best lap to

After the race we loaded the into the van and immediately left. at 4 AM, some 10 hours later, I was at and showed up in the office as ususal


— Pannonia Ring is a very difficult track. I know if I like it or hate it, but it was worth a visit.

Many to my dad for the support. Also a big thank you to Racing and SPS race.

Later week I’ll post that my dad took.

Here are two the official photographer:

THE picture before the big headshake:

Forgot to that I have a new helmet:

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Pannonia T2
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Pannonia T2


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