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Team STR KTM’s Karro in Seventh Heaven after Fantastic Ride in German GP

Germany, 27-28th July 2013. The team made the trip across to East Germany for the 13th round of the World Championship. The newly constructed track is positioned in the in-field of the road race circuit and after shipping in 1200 lorry loads of soil, the crew had constructed a pretty impressive, but demanding track. With temperatures in the high 30’s and high humidity, the riders faced the hardest conditions of the season with fitness and durability proving to be high on the agenda for any rider aiming to post a good result.

Qualifying Race
Both riders were squeezed on the first turn, leaving Karro in 18th and Barragan in 19th. Barragan moved through to 17th on the first lap and pushed throughout the race, passing Simpson on the last lap to finish in 14th. Karro struggled with arm-pump in the middle of the race but recovered to finish in 16th.

Race 1
Both Barragan and Karro got a really good jump and looked odds on for a great start but Goncalves drifted wide and they each had to brake to avoid hitting him, leaving them to exit the first corner in 14th and 15th. They battled with each other for five laps whilst chasing Simpson until Karro missed a rut and went down. Barragan pushed for the whole race and was rewarded with an 11th place finish. After re-joining the fray in 19th, Karro toughed it out to eventually finish 16th.

Race 2
Karro made a great start and rounded the first turn in 12th, but Barragan missed the jump and was down in 18th and an early crash relegated him to 23rd. After making his way back into the points he crashed again, dropping him back outside the points again and he decided to pull in and call it a day. Karro, in complete contrast was like a man on a mission, after initially moving  through to 10th he lost a place to Van Horebeek but maintained his pace and after passing Roelants and Simpson , he set about chasing down Van Horebeek and home favourite Nagl. On lap fifteen he got his reward as he blew past Van Horebeek and as the two factory Honda riders succumbed to the extreme conditions, he deposed the two of them in quick succession.

He was now in seventh but Roelants had found a second wind and was closing in fast. With three laps to go, the Yamaha rider made his move, only to drop it on the next corner, giving Karro some much needed breathing space which he gladly accepted. As he passed the pit box for the last time he punched the air, knowing that he had ridden to a fantastic 7th place, for his first top ten overall of the season.

Matiss Karro said: “I thought this was going to be my type of track but it took me too long to sort myself out. I got better as the weekend went on and was super happy with my second race. The conditions were unbelievably hard and the heat destroyed me but in the end I got a great result.”

Jonathan Barragan said: “It was a hard weekend with really hot weather but I had a good first race with good passes to finish 11th. In the second race, everything went sour; I had bad start and was near the back and then I crashed again. I was so far down I thought it was not my lucky day, so I pulled in. Thanks to the team and to my mechanic.”

Team Manager, Steve Turner concluded: “Fantastic result for Matiss.  In the second race he rode with amazing guts and determination and took some major scalps. It was great to witness after the tough season he has had. Jonathan had a good first race but messed his start in the second and was never on the pace and then crashed twice to drop him out of contention.”

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