UPDATE: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December. Closed. Unfortunately torrential rain has now made the tracks too wet.

GP of Germany – Preview

FIM MX World Champs 2014

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The small municipality of Teutschenthal, home to around 15,000 people, was put on the map last year after hosting what was arguably the most spectacular Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in the history of our sport. The track known to the locals as ‘Talkessel’ offers a gnarly hard packed surface with loads of elevation and a wide variety of jumps and obstacles for riders to get creative on, which in the past has seen an abundance of different Grand Prix winners, a whopping thirty-eight to be exact.

This weekend the spectator friendly circuit of Teutschenthal will set the stage for MXGP of Germany, round eleven of the FIM Motocross World Championship which will mark a timely return for Germany’s number one contender this year HRC Team’s Max Nagl.

Also taking to the traditional yet modernized circuit this weekend, rounds five of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship, where the reigning champ Team MX Fonta Racing Yamaha’s Chiara Fontanesi leads Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Australian Meghan Rutledge by a minuscule four points, and the European Championships EMX125 where Red Bull KTM Racing’s Davy Pootjes has a healthy fifty-seven point advantage over last rounds winner Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Brian Hsu.

Round three of the Honda European Championship EMX150 will also take place with young Fin Jere Haavisto carrying the red plate.

MXGP

Coming fresh off of his inspirational victory at his home Grand Prix last weekend, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli has the chance to break a record this weekend at MXGP of Germany. If the Italian star manages to bag another win, he will make history as Teutschenthal’s most successful rider. At the moment the twenty-eight-year-old has won three FIM Motocross World Championship rounds at this circuit and currently shares the spot at the top of the charts with three other legends, Stefan Everts, Joel Smets and Mikael Pichon, who also have won three Grand Prix’ here.

How dangerous will the Belgians be this weekend? After winning the 2013 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations at this very circuit, the Belgians Jeremy Van Horebeek, Clement Desalle and Ken De Dycker will rock up this weekend with some of their sweetest memories. Although the team won the coveted Chamberlain Trophy, that particular weekend didn’t end so well for Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle, as he was forced to celebrate with a broken shoulder which later required surgery. As for his Rockstar Energy Suzuki World teammate Kevin Strijbos, who was Team Belgium’s reserve rider, this weekend is the weekend to prove had he of been on the main team, they still would have been just as successful.

As for Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek, the good feeling the track brings could carry him to his highly anticipated first ever MXGP win, while Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ken de Dycker could also use the confidence of his last moto at MXoN as well as his 2010 FIM Motocross World Championship victory at the iconic circuit to his advantage as he continues his come back from a severe injury he received over six months ago.

No stranger to success around the choppy German circuit, last weekend’s fifth place receiverDP19 Racing Yamaha’s David Philippaerts also won a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship way back in 2007.

Meanwhile the German fans can get excited for the return of their hero Team HRC’s Max Nagl, who will be back on the grid after breaking both hands which were operated on back in early may. To celebrate, Nagl, thanks to his sponsor FOX Europe, is giving away a full set of his limited edition FOX race gear in a competition running on MXGP’s facebook page which can be accessed by clicking here.

German KTM Sarholz rider Dennis Ullrich has been on the verge of cracking the top ten at the last two rounds of MXGP with two eleventh place overalls. With the support of the locals, his family and friends, his home Grand Prix this weekend could deliver his best result yet.

MXGP World Championship Classification Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 443 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 405 p.; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 402 p.; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 314 p.; 5. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 217 p.; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 211 p.; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, KAW), 205 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 184 p.; 9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 166 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 163 p.

 

2012 MXGP Podium

1. Antonio Cairoli

2. Ken Roczen

3. Clement Desalle

2012 MXGP POLEMAN: Antonio Cairoli

 

MX2

It’s crunch time for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings as he looks to join the winners’ circle at Teutschenthal for the first time in his career.

After landing on the third step of the box here back in 2012, CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Arnaud Tonus will be hoping to inch closer to ‘The Bullet’ Herlings, and hopefully stand a little higher this weekend.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier has been gradually improving from race to race which has already paid dividends as he took over third overall in the championship standings last weekend in Maggiora. Although things are moving in the right direction, there’s no room for error for the Frenchmen with two of his fellow countrymen, Romain Febvre and Dylan Ferrandis hot on his heels.

Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre is eager for a top three finish at the end of the season. It is the last year in MX2 for the Frenchman, and with this year being his last chance for a top three in the MX2 world championship, you can bet your boots he’ll be fighting to the finish.

Meanwhile the third Frenchman to slot into the top five, CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Dylan Ferrandis has got the goods for a podium finish, with the only question mark resting on the young style-master’s consistency.

As for the youngest competitor in MX2, Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser is Honda’s hottest signing for 2015. The seventeen-year-old Slovenian has already proven his talent with his first podium finish at Matterley Basin last month and has already labeled himself as one to watch in the very near future.

MX2 World Championship Classification Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 444 points; 2. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 389 p.; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 331 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 327 p.; 5. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 314 p.; 6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 269 p.; 7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 240 p.; 8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 223 p.; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 213 p.; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 192 p.

 
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