October 19, 2013 – Vellahn, Germany – KTM’s tagline „ready to race“ turns out to be true. I picked up the KTM 250 EXC on Wednesday, was ready to race on Saturday at the International EnduroCross in Vellahn (Germany) and came in second in my first race on Orange!
It was the first EnduroCross in Germany that could cope with the highest US-American standards. The track was created by Holger Dettmann who has been racing a lot of Extreme Enduro events in the past and I have to admit that he and his team have done an outstanding job.
There were four qualifying heats with 8 riders each and the Pro riders had been spread across the heats. The track had technical as well as SuperCross elements, double jumps and also two forest sections in it. I won my qualifying heat, so did the other Pro riders, Knight, Bolton and Nemeth.
With the three riders who qualified in the „last chance“ the finals were started with 11 riders. I got a good start right behind David Knight who got the hole shot but had a little problem in the stone field and almost got caught by Kornel Nemeth. So it was a pretty close race with Kornel in the first lap but I was able to put a gap on Nemeth and also Bolton.
It was a great race, very well organized and I felt really good on my new bike. Everything worked out fine right from the start. I picked up a standard KTM 250 EXC on Wednesday, only did a little tweaking on the chassis and was able to come in second only beaten by David Knight just a couple of days later with just half an hour of training on the new bike. That really speaks for itself.
Photos kindly provided by Denis Günther (www.enduro.de)
International EnduroCross Vellahn – Top 5 Results
1. David Knight (GB, Sherco)
2. Andreas Lettenbichler (GER, KTM)
3. Kornel Nemeth (H, KTM),
4. Bolton (GB, KTM)
5. Jan Peters (GER, Beta)