GCC: Round two Walldorf summary

French riders on top in German Cross Country Championship German Cross Country Championship Round 2: Walldorf, Germany Date: 1 May 2005 Weather: very warm and dry Treuchtlingen (3 May 2005) - Arnaud Demeester took control of the second round...

French riders on top in German Cross Country Championship

German Cross Country Championship
Round 2: Walldorf, Germany
Date: 1 May 2005
Weather: very warm and dry

Treuchtlingen (3 May 2005) - Arnaud Demeester took control of the second round of the German Cross Country Championship (GCC), held this past weekend at Walldorf. The 250 fourstroke-mounted Demeester, riding for Team Privat Blue Yamaha, repeated his victory from three weeks ago, as he completed the gruelling 15-lap race in 2:04.17 hours. The Frenchman came home 24 seconds ahead of fellow countryman Jerome Hemery (Suzuki RM250). Meanwhile Sweden's Thomas Bengtsson, who is Hemery's teammate at Team Inotec Ortema, finished third.

On the demanding Walldorf track, where lap times hovered slightly above the eight-minute mark, it was up to Steffen Albrecht (Yamaha) in fourth position to lead the German assault. KTM's Ralf Scheidhauer came fifth and last year's series runner-up, Frederic Vialle (Yamaha), was sixth. Not a bad weekend for the French riders.

Finland's defending series champ Simo Kirssi, who keeps introducing the radical BMW HP2 prototype bike to the off road community, has yet has to make the most of his massive horsepower advantage. Kirssi could only muster an unusual 20th-place finish aboard the 1200cc, 100-horsepower machinery. The Scandinavian had the Top 10 in reach with two laps to go, before a technical problem occured.

The pro race on Sunday afternoon ended the usual busy weekend for series organisers Baboons, who once again had to take care of 600+ starters and seven different classes - from beginners to seniors, from women to experts.

While the early summer heat obviously took its toll on the riders, everything was trouble-free in terms of track preparation and infrastructure. After all, there must be a reason why the GCC quickly became Germany's biggest off road series in only four years.

And that's probably why the world's fastest girl on a dirt bike, Steffi Laier, has joined the ranks for the 2005 season. Laier, who had been virtually unbeatable in the super-competitive U.S. Women's Motocross championship in the past, ended 11th in the expert divison. She's currently lying 8th in the points chase. Of course, only surrounded by men. Once accustomed to the longer GCC races, she'll be a threat to move up the ladder.

Demeester now heads the championship table sitting on maximum points (60), with Bengtsson (47) and Hemery (43) having established themselves as closest rivals. The series winner will be rewarded with a brand new Nissan X-trail 4x4 SUV in October.

<pre> Results 1. Arnaud Demeester FRA Yamaha 2. Jerome Hemery FRA Suzuki 3. Thomas Bengtsson SWE Suzuki 4. Steffen Albrecht GER Yamaha 5. Ralf Scheidhauer GER KTM 6. Fred Vialle FRA Yamaha 7. Arne Domeyer GER KTM 8. Thomas Guenther GER Husaberg 9. Christoph Seifert GER KTM 10. Ari Kuokles FIN KTM

Round 3 of the seven-round series takes place on 28-29 May at Mernes, about 70 km east of Frankfurt/Main.

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Series Cross-Country Rally
Drivers Arnaud Demeester