A new and temporary motocross layout inside the Eurospeedway at Lausitzring for the Grand Prix of Germany was a compact, sandy and bumpy prospect for Monster Energy Yamaha at round thirteen of seventeen in the FIM World Championship. Joel Roelants took his factory YZ450FM to a personal best so far in 2013 with motos finishes of 6th and 9th for 7th overall in sizzling temperatures and humidity.
Demanding racing conditions were in place for the first in consecutive meetings in Germany and Czech Republic and a 16,000 crowd braved burning seats in the Lausitzring stadium section.
Roelants attacked the first moto with relish after finally reaching a point of fitness where the Belgian MX1 rookie was able to show some of his trademark tenacity and determination. Sixth place was fine reward for his efforts and perhaps should have been repeated in the second moto. ‘34’ felt the fatiguing effects of the terrain and the heat in the second race but continued pushing. A small crash saw him drop from seventh to tenth and he rallied back to ninth by the chequered flag. Roelants is now 13th in the championship standings and has a good platform to shine in the remaining events this season.
With Steven Frossard recovering from recent foot surgery promising French rider Milko Potisek was drafted into the team at a late hour as a replacement for the German fixture. The 23 year old registered a decent twelfth position in Saturday’s qualification heat race and then on Sunday ran in similar places. He gained a pleasing 10th in the first moto and then made a fantastic start into second spot around the opening corner of the second affair. Potisek showed a little of his GP inexperience by being swallowed by the pack in the first laps but then settled down and forged a path to 11th and 9th overall.
With just four meetings of the series remaining Monster Energy Yamaha hurry onto the fourteenth round next week as a renovated Loket circuit will once again host the Grand Prix of Czech Republic.
Joel Roelants: “I finished sixth in the first race and it was only my physical condition that stopped me from doing better. I have had so many small injuries and sicknesses this year that I have only been able to train normally for two weeks and that’s the thing that is holding me back now. The bike is working well and I think if my fitness was better in the second moto then I could have finished top five but after three laps I already felt a bit tired. I had to go really deep and ran my own rhythm. I passed some guys and reached seventh but it took a lot of energy and I had a crash. I restarted and passed Simpson but I’m sure I would have been seventh, maybe sixth without the crash. That part was disappointing but my feeling was good today and this is something to build on. In the first Heat it was the first time this year when I wasn’t riding with some sort of handicap. I’m happy about that and I want to finish the year in a strong way.”
Milko Potisek: “I’m happy with tenth and eleventh today and I wanted more from the second moto because I started so well but I made a lot of mistakes in the first three of four laps. After that my rhythm was pretty good and to reach eleventh was OK. It was amazing, and a dream for me to ride that bike and I hope I can do it again.”