FPR riders face 'Speedway challenge Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Garry McCoy and Steve Martin face differing challenges for the tenth round of the World Superbike championship in Germany this weekend. It will be Garry's first visit to the ...
FPR riders face 'Speedway challenge
Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Garry McCoy and Steve Martin face differing challenges for the tenth round of the World Superbike championship in Germany this weekend.
It will be Garry's first visit to the 4.265km tight and twisty Eurospeedway Lausitz circuit, located between Berlin and Dresden. The impressive venue is built in a former coal mining area and features a striking grandstand soaring 35 meters above the start-finish straight.
Eurospeedway has been used as a World Superbike venue on two occasions in 2001 and 2002 and Steve, riding on Pirelli tyres, claimed provisional pole in 2001 despite competing against riders on the more proven Michelin and Dunlop rubber.
Steve was also able to test at the circuit on the PETRONAS FP1 in July, when Garry was unable to ride through injury, although bad weather prevented significant set-up progress. But, with heavy rain also forecast for the weekend, team manager Jack Valentine is hopeful of building on recent consistent displays.
Jack said: "I would like to think that we can build on our achievements at Assen and bring both bikes home in the points in both races. Steve has a really good set-up and there is no reason why it will not work here. Garry also now has a direction on his chassis set-up and seems really focused for the weekend. There are one or two stop-start corners which might hinder us and the critical thing is having the correct gear ratios so that we are using all the power available. The weather forecast is bad all weekend, which could be in our favour as it is then not just down to power. However, from our test, we know that the track is extremely slippery in the wet due to all the rubber left on the track by the cars that race here."
Steve said: "I am really looking forward to the weekend as it's a circuit that I normally go well at. It's not an overly technical track, with lots of hard acceleration and braking. It should suit us better than Assen as the straights are shorter and there is a lot of flicking from side to side, which suits our agile bike. I just hope that the weather stays dry because, if it's wet, the man that stays on is going to be the one who wins the race."
Garry is looking to build on impressive rides last weekend at Assen, when he scythed through the field from 22nd on the grid to claim two finishes in the points.
Garry said: "Assen turned out pretty good last weekend and it's good to have a back-to-back race in those circumstances race as everything is still fresh in your mind. It's my first time at the circuit but the team tested there earlier in the year so we will have a base set-up from Steve and hopefully we won't have to play around with that too much. But it is difficult to say exactly how we will go until all the bikes are out there together."