An IMBA Report: Ohlenberg

We have all been glued to our laptops this weekend, watching the live updates to see how the British boys are doing at the German IMBA round in Ohlenberg. They did not disappoint too! There was a fantastic show from the British team, as well as all the European riders in attendance.

Finishing first, second, third and fourth in the Open overall classification were the LDR Kawasaki rider Gary Gibson, IDS KTM’s Josh Waterman and FUS Husqvarna teammates James Dodd and Shane Carless. MX Vice caught up with a couple of team riders to get their perspective.

We first spoke to Josh Waterman, who is on a mission to close that championship lead. “This weekend we rode the 2019 bike,” Waterman told MX Vice exclusively. “What a bike! Thanks to IDS Transport and JD Racing KTM for sorting it! I qualified fourth. I was second in first turn and I lost a bit of time going into the first half of the race and took ages to catch the leader back up, but in the closing stages I caught back up to him. I could not make a move stick though and finished second.

Race two I gated about fifth, then I came through to third to pass Doddy [James Dodd] due to him having a puncture,” Waterman continued. “With two laps to go I caught Gibson and made a move on him for the lead on last corner, but I spun around and went down. At the start of race three Carless went down in turn one and I clipped his wheel and went down as well. I got back up and charged back through to fourth, three seconds off the lead on a track that was super hard to pass on. I am happy with second overall and am twenty-five points off the lead now.”

Another British rider, James Dodd, offered up some insight. “In race one I had a bad jump out of the gate and still managed to come out the first turn in third – that is where I ended up. Race two I was second for most of the race, but Waterman passed me when I had a rear puncture with three laps to go and I ended up third. In race three I was running third but went down with another rider. I got back up to Gary, who was leading, but could not make a pass. Overall, I am happy with third overall and had an amazing weekend in Germany. Massive thanks to the team and my wife for supporting me.”

Moving onto the overall winner of the weekend, Gary Gibson, who had a pretty dramatic day. “I started off well going second in qualifying, which was important for the gate pick.” he said. “Unfortunately, I hit a fallen rider in the first turn in race one and coming through the pack on a tight circuit was tough. Few laps in I lost my rear brake and had a few unexpected overjumps but managed to get back to ninth.

In race two I got the holeshot, then in race three I got away in the lead again and managed to get a good gap before getting a flat tyre with half the race to go,” Gibson continued. “Do not ask me how, but I was still riding full pace with a flat and only on the last two laps I had Doddy right on me yelling to move. I literally hung off it to the death! I brought it home in first place and grabbed the overall.” 

It is safe to say the boys put on a great show for Team GB at the German round of the IMBA and with the fast-approaching season finale of the AMCA Championship just a couple of weeks away, it will be one to watch.

Words: Sophie Mcginn | Lead Image: AMCA Events

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