Mixed fortunes for FPR in Germany Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Steve Martin and Garry McCoy experienced mixed results at Eurospeedway Lausitz, Germany. Both Australians produced battling rides, Steve to finish ninth in the second race and Garry...
Mixed fortunes for FPR in Germany
Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Steve Martin and Garry McCoy experienced mixed results at Eurospeedway Lausitz, Germany. Both Australians produced battling rides, Steve to finish ninth in the second race and Garry to come 11th in day's opener. But the pair's efforts were not rewarded in their other races as Steve was forced to retire from race one with a rear tyre pressure problem, while Garry suffered an engine failure on the penultimate lap of the afternoon.
Lorenzo Lanzi, standing in for Regis Laconi on the factory Ducati, clinched being handed a ride-through penalty for running wide at the first corner. That race, stopped two laps early because of light rain, was eventually won by Chris Vermeulen who, having finished second to Lanzi in race two, close to 60 points.
Garry, starting from 17th on the grid, battled through the field to 11th before the first race was ended two laps early due to light rain. After pulling into the pitbox after six laps, Steve rejoined the race two laps later on a new tyre and was able to set the eighth fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:41.024 before finishing in 18th. Steve was closing in on Max Neukirchner and Norick Abe in the final stages of race two after picking off Frankie Chili. Garry enjoyed a great start to the end of the lap before his retirement.
Steve said: "I am happy with the second race and we are definitely on the good start and the bike was handling really well. I could catch those in front of me easily through the tight sections. I had seventh place in my sights and for half the race I could see the leaders. I think we have made further strides forward with the handling of the bike this weekend and I made a lap slower than I had been doing in qualifying so I pulled into the box, fitted a new rear tyre and got back to the times that I had been doing all weekend."
Garry said: "My jump off the start of the first race wasn't too bad but and coming out of corners. It wasn't too much fun towards the end of the race and was just a matter of [...]