TEAM STR KTM WRAP UP THE SEASON IN TEUTSCHENTHAL
published at 2012/09/24
The Teutschenthal circuit, located near Halle in Eastern Germany, was the venue for the final round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
The dirt-based track is notoriously tough with a couple of long up hills and some tight and twisty sections. With neither rider having ridden the track before Jamie Law and Bryan and Mackenzie were in for a hard weekend's racing. Both riders dug deep finishing in the points in both moto’s with Bryan Mackenzie 16th overall and Jamie Law 20th.
Qualifying: Jamie Law and Bryan Mackenzie found conditions tough with Mackenzie qualifying in 18th and Law 21st.
Race 1: With a pile up on the first corner, which both Team STR KTM riders were fortunate to evade, Law and Mackenzie completed the first lap in 15th and 16th. Passing opportunities were slim to say the least and it was a case of trying to ride their own lines and hang on to what they had. Both riders lost a few places to some of the victims of the first corner crash who were fighting to salvage what they could from the race. They hung in there and were rewarded with points scoring finishes; Mackenzie in 18th and Law 20th.
Race 2: In race two Law had another good start and was in 15th spot again after lap one, with his teammate not far behind in 17th. Mackenzie was getting to grips with the track and soon passed his teammate. As the race unfolded Mackenzie found himself battling for 15th place with fellow Scotsman, Shaun Simpson aboard his factory Yamaha. Law was riding well but made a few mistakes which cost him valuable seconds. He never gave up pushing and managed to progress to 18th which he held onto until the end of the race, his score card giving him 20th overall on the day. Mackenzie spent lap after lap within a second or two of Simpson but he just couldn't get close enough to attempt a pass. With three laps to go he found himself defending his position from the charging Estonian Tanel Leok. Although he managed to hold him off for two laps, Leok managed to find his way through with just over a lap to go. Mackenzie had still put in a sterling performance and was rewarded with 16th at the flag for 16th overall for the GP.
Bryan Mackenzie said: "It's been a good day. I’ve improved my overall results each weekend and I was happy to do it again today and I think that is because I have got more comfortable on the bike each week and I liked the track today. I was pumped with my second race because I fought in a mix of good riders for the duration and that was pretty satisfying.
“I'm really grateful for the opportunity from STR KTM and I hope I've done the job they expected of me. Thank you for everything, it's been an awesome ride."
Jamie Law said: "I felt like I was riding okay in the first race but made too many mistakes. I battled all race to get a point so was happy with that. Second race I made an okay start but had a coming together with Bryan and lost a few places. I lost my rhythm for a bit but then started to settle down again, until the leaders started to come through to lap me which ruined my rhythm again. I was comfortable in 18th so just settled for that until the end."
Team Manager, Steve Turner, said: "It was another great performance from the lads again today, especially Bryan in the second race. He was on the back of Simpson for most of the race and must have given him a bit of a fright. Jamie found it hard to keep his rhythm and made a few mistakes, which with the track being so fast, any small errors and someone is past you in a flash. The thing we've found with Jamie though is that he never gives up trying and in the end he was rewarded with two more points scoring rides. Both Jamie and Bryan have been awesome to work with and are a real credit to their profession. I can't thank them enough for their superb attitude and sheer determination to learn from the experience and make it a positive one. It's been a pleasure working with them."
Final FIM Motocross World Championship Standings:
Matiss Karro - 17th with 112 points
Bryan Mackenzie - 34th with 22 points
Jamie Law - 35th with 21 points
Nez Parker - 51st with 5 points