Hello motorsport fans!
The year 2018 still has a few months, but the racing season is over. Due to insufficient time, I only started at some events. In the following lines, there is once again a short preparation of my season.
The season started on the easter weekend at the Hockenheimring. Here I raced together with Henrik Müller and Uwe Geist at the legendary 1000km of Hockenheim, which was also the first race of the DLC series. In the qualifying, there was a tragic accident in which a rider crashed and succumbed shortly afterwards to her injuries. My deepest sympathy goes to the family, friends and the team.
In the course of the time training, I rode a few laps to put off the winter grate and the one year without riding. I managed this reasonably reasonable, but I noticed a noise in the bike and could change the gears worse and worse. Then in the pit it turned out: A part in the transmission has passed, the race seemed to be over before the start for me. Fortunately, the team Triumph Rheinhessen around Marcel Schmidt had the right part. However, it turned out after the we fixed it that it was an accessory. While this fitted during installation, it did not reflect the function of the components. The qualification was now part of Henrik and Uwe, in which the 41st starting position of 68 teams jumped out for us. In the race we split up for the stints. Fortunately, I was allowed to ride the Kawasaki ZX6R of my teammate Uwe. With a few unscheduled pit stops, we lost a lot of time and thus any chance of the podium in the 600 class. In the end we finished 8th out of 15 (total 34 out of 68). You can watch the photos of the event » HERE «.
I competed the 6h race at the Sachsenring in the best weather together with Uwe Geist and Thomas Knandel. In the early morning we had the qualification for the race which was held later that day. Thomas and Uwe got to know the track and I set the time for the grid. We entered the race from start position 28 (out of 45) for the race. Unfortunately, there was a minor incident in which Uwe was ridden off his bike by an other rider. Luckily he was able to start and on his bike only small things were needed to repair. In retrospect, it turned out that Uwe had broken his finger. However, he rode the race brilliantly! My full respect to him at this point!
Thomas did the start and was able to make up a few positions. After the first pit stop i did my turn and was able to pick up to 17th. Uwe held the position in his stint and then handed over to Thomas as planned. But then it happened: He suddenly lost oil and Crash output of the omega corner on his oil. He broke his arm and his thoracic vertebra. Meanwhile, everything is healed and he is fine. After we got the transponder back, Uwe and me rode together to finish the race. From 36th position, we reached finally the 28th place. Except for the two incidents, however, I was quite satisfied with the race, as we were able to show great potential. You can watch the photos of the event » HERE «.
Triumph Challenge – Schleizer Dreieck
At the Schleizer Dreieck I started in the Triumph Challenge. In this racing series there are only Triumph motorcycles (675ccm) allowed, the starter field usually includes more than 40 starters. Both qualifications went smoothly, but I was a little more cautious due to an oil spill that was being laid around the track. From 4th grid position, the finish was clear for both races: Podium! After a bad start, I had to fight back from 12th place and finished in 6th Position in the first race. The lap times would have been enough for the 3rd place. It meant working on a better start. I succeeded in the 2nd race and came back on start-finish in 4th after the first lap. But first I had to defend myself against a rival and the point had opened up a gap to the leaders. This I laboriously closed gradually. The 3rd place was within reach. In the penultimate lap I wanted to start an attack, but i missed a gear on the brakes and had to go far. It had become the 8th place at the end. A Pity! The racing series is well organized, everyone respects and helps each other. On the track nothing is given to you! That screams for more in 2019! You can watch the photos of the event » HERE «.
56th Frohburger Dreieckrennen
The weather should hold some surprises for Frohburg. On Friday there was heavy rain shower after heavy gusts of wind, which should clean the track. That meant being careful on Saturday morning. I, like everyone else, rolled in and found a rhythm quickly. In the second qualifying session I set a few times, which should only be enough for the 18th place in the starting grid. In addition, we had the wrong gearing, which resulted in too low top speed. In race 1, after a bad start, it came back from lap one to start-finish on 20th position. Until the end of the race, I was able to overtake rival to rival back and finally rode through the finish in 15th place. On Sunday I wanted to do better than in race 1. Due to the weather change from sunshine to constant rain coupled with low temperatures, I skipped the start for the second race and thus remained without result. However, a good half of the starting grid was the same as me and did not start. You can watch the photos of the event » HERE «.
Conclusion of the Season
Due to the few races that I rode this season, the results were below my expectations. However, the bike was in a technically good condition and will be well prepared for the season 2019 to be able to carry a race series I know. More for the new season follows in the next post. Finally, I would like to thank all supporters, sponsors and patrons who are always at my side and allow me to do this amazing sport!
your Markus Geuthner # 95
P.S .: Tragically, a friend and sponsor of mine passed away this year. I would like to thank Hansi Michel again for everything he did for me! He was a very nice, attentive and reliable person who left us too soon. I wish my deepest sympathy and condolences to his relatives and friends. Bye, Hansi.