SUPERSIDE: St.Petersburg: Sprint race report

Tim & Tristan Reeves took their 8th victory of the 2005 Superside FIM World Championship season in the Saturday Sprint Race at Sachsenring. In the wet qualifying, Finland's Tero Manninen & Pekka Kuismane secure their first World Championship...

Tim & Tristan Reeves took their 8th victory of the 2005 Superside FIM World Championship season in the Saturday Sprint Race at Sachsenring.

In the wet qualifying, Finland's Tero Manninen & Pekka Kuismane secure their first World Championship Pole Position, but Race day was dry, and it was the Reeves brothers who got ahead at the start and never looked back. Manninen & Kuismanen bravely tried to hang onto the Team Roberts Racings machine of Reeves, but were unable to match the English pairing pace on slick tyres.

As these two teams pulled away at the front, Pekka Päivärinta & Peter Wall were holding 3rd position, with Sweden's Billy Gällros and his British passenger Johnny Briggs who had made a superb start from the fourth row of the grid to slot into 4th position by the First Turn.

Britain's Andy Laidlow & Patrick Farrance's unhappy weekend got worse. After qualifying 16th, Laidlow was trying to make up ground after the start, but spun into the first corner. Sebastien Delonnoy & Nicholas Biduat took avoiding action, and also spun, immediatley ruling out any chance both teams had of making it to the podium.

With Reeves and Manninen continuing to put distance on the rest of the field, the fight developed between Päivärinta and Gällros for third position, whilst behind the Czech pair of Thomas Foukal & Jiri Pertilcek were suprising everybody by holding 5th position ahead of Martien & Tonnie van Gils and Stuart Muldoon & Paul Knapton. The more experienced teams eventually found a way past the Fuki Racing Team LCR-Yamaha R1 - but the Czech's dreams of a top six result evaporated on lap 6 when their chain snapped.

As van Gils and Muldoon slugged out the remaining laps, Gällros was applying the pressure to Päivärinta, and eventually squeezed to BG Sweden/Sourcecom LCR-Suzuki past the Finn, and held on in the finals laps to claim another popular podium finish in 2005.

Manninen & Kuismanen were very happy with 2nd position, the 20 points they collected moved them up to second overall in the standings ahead of the absent Steinhausen.

"It was a good race. But Reeves is just too fast in the dry. Tomorrow I hope for a wet race!" exclaimed the Finn.

"I'm amazed at how fast we were" said Tristan Reeves after the race "as that's the only time we've ridden here in the dry. It's a good track so we are looking forward to tomorrow' longer race".

-Ian Guy, Superside

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