Cody Webb proves his great shape after the fastest practice time as he also takes the Superpole easily. Billy Bolt to second and Jonny Walker with the third fastest time. Taddy Blazusiak had a mistake and an almost fall, the seventh place was not a good gate pick for race one.
In race one reigning champion Colton Haaker led in the beginning, Webb after a fourth-place start made quick work and as Haaker went down he took the lead and simply disappeared. Behind him, a lot of action was going on with crashes and bar-banging. Jonny Walker managed the runner-up position at the time the checkered flag fell and Haaker reminded to third. Blazusiak’s troubles continued, a fourth place was damage-control under these circumstances. Billy Bolt block-passed Manuel Lettenbichler out of fifth place two corners before the finish. Little Letti rode a great race for most of the time, being in the top three until a fall made his life tough.
In the JEWC race before the Prestige class, another German showed up. Kevin Gallas rode to a never doubted victory in Junior’s first race of the evening.
Even the reverse gate pick order in race two could not stop the German from another race win. But this one was hard fought. Britain’s own William Hoare kept Gallas honest till the finish line. South African Kyle Flanagan rounded out the podium.
Opposite to the second JEWC race, the reverse gate pick order proved to be race deciding for the Prestige class. Blazusiak took the holeshot from the inside of the second (!) row as all the field went wide and ended up in a big pile-up. But Taddy did not look 100% confident and a crash in lap 1 proved that. When he picked up his bike he got company from Billy Bolt who made no prisoners. This battle continued while Webb and Haaker streamed through the field. When Bolt dropped back, Blazusiak was out in front alone but still making some mistakes. In the end, it was enough for the victory in race two, Haaker managed to get second and Webb’s ride through the field ended on the tail of Spaniard Alfredo Gomez. Billy Bolt rounded out the Top 5. A few minutes after the race had ended, the race jury spoke out a 20-second penalty for Taddy Blazusiak for jumping on the tubes after the start on the first lap which was announced as not allowed in the riders meeting prior to the race.
The German crowd was clearly delighted when their own Kevin Gallas achieved the same as his fellow countryman Manuel Lettenbichler in 2015 and left Riesa undefeated. A smart race in the final JEWC moto of day secured him the third victory. Ignazio Fernandez and Diego Herreira took the other two podium spots in moto three.
In the final moto of the day in the Prestige class Cody Webb took the holeshot but after the second corner, the German crowd got loud again when Manuel Lettenbichler took over the lead. It took Webb some time to get by the crowd’s favorite but when he did get by it was go-time because the 111 of Blazusiak was already on their tail. But Taddy could not manage to get close enough to try to make a pass and it seemed like Cody didn’t take the full risk anymore and controlled the final moto. Bolt, Walker, and Gomez followed. Lettenbichler was dropped back to sixth because of the same penalty Blazusiak got in moto 2 (Lettenbichler passed Webb with jumping over the tubes on the first lap).Haaker only came home in seventh after clutch lever problems from a tangle in the first corner. The overall results of the German GP saw Cody Webb with the victory (and taking over the lead in the championship), Haaker in second and Billy Bolt in third. During the prizegiving ceremony, it became confusing when suddenly Blazusiak jumped up to the podium and trying to explain that Bolt’s step of the podium was actually his. Full explanation: After a protest by the Factory KTM team, the FIM changed Blazusiak’s penalty of moto two from 20 to 10 seconds which gave him third place overall of the day. No need to tell that Bolt was not amused.
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Words: Peter Reitbauer
Photos: Irina Gorodniakova
GP Standing : 1. Cody WEBB 58pts ; 2. Colton HAAKER 45pts ; 3. Taddy BLAZUSIAK 43pts ; 4. Billy BOLT 39pts ; 5. Jonny WALKER 37pts ; 6. Alfredo GOMEZ 36pts; 7. Manuel LETTENBICHLER 27pts; 8. Cristobal GUERRERO 19pts; 9. Blake GUTZEIT 19pts; 10. Benjamin HERRERA 14pts…
Provisional Standing: 1. Cody WEBB 106pts; 2. Taddy BLAZUSIAK 93pts ; 3. Billy BOLT 83pts ; 4. Colton HAAKER 80pts ; 5. Alfredo GOMEZ 74pts ; 6. Manuel LETTENBICHLER 70pts ; 7. Jonny WALKER 52pts ; 8. Danny MCCANNEY 46pts ; 9. Cristobal GUERRERO 32pts ; 10. Alex SALVINI 30pts…
GP Standing : 1. Kevin GALLAS 60pts ; 2. Ignacio FERNANDEZ 41pts ; 3. Kyle FLANAGAN 41pts ; 4. Diego HERRERA 37pts ; 5. William HOARE 31pts ; 6. Oskar KACZMARCZYK 30pts ; 7.Emil JUSZCZAK 26pts ; 8. Leon HENTSCHEL 26pts ; 9. Teodor KABAKCHIEV 23pts ; 10. Norbert Levente JOZSA 18pts…
Provisional Standing : 1. Kevin GALLAS 98pts ; 2. Kyle FLANAGAN 84pts ; 3. Ignacio FERNANDEZ 70pts ; 4. Diego HERRERA 69pts ; 5. Emil JUSZCZAK 67pts ; 6. William HOARE 63pts ; 7. Oskar KACZMARCZYK 62pts ; 8. Leon HENTSCHEL 59pts ; 9. Teodor KABAKCHIEV 43pts ; 10. Matteo CAVALLO 42pts…