There has never been such a balanced field in the DOWATEK HardEnduroSeries
Germany. The opening race in Neuhaus-Schierschnitz provided big surprises in
several different surprises.
Facts, Champion Hardenduro Challenge Neuhaus-Schierschnitz
Weather: 7 degress, Rain
Prolog Award Winner: Max Faude (KTM)
Winner: Lenny Geretzky (GasGas)
The season opener, which was also the 25th round of the DOWATEK
HardEnduroSeries Germany, was fully booked with 162 riders. Riders from various
European countries were eager to see what MC Isolator had to offer at its Biene
Enduro site. The weather provided the necessary spice to the already difficult track.
After showers on the arrival day on Friday, rain followed on Saturday for almost the
entire race day, which even intensified towards the finale. This made conditions more
difficult for the organisation and the riders. Nevertheless, almost everything worked
smoothly and due to the 6 individual heats during the day, there was only a delay of
15 minutes in the schedule.
HESG Kids with only one run
This season it is planned that the HESG Kids 50 & 65 cc classes will have 2 races
each. Due to the extreme conditions, however, this plan had to be cancelled at the
start. Extreme ruts made a second run impossible, so the result of the day was already
known after the first run. Loris Solbrig was the new winner in the 65cc category,
ahead of guest starter Emil Doras from the host club MC Isolator. In the 50cc
category, victory also went to Theodor Kis from the Erzgebirge.
Max Faude dominates the Prolog Award
Max Faude showed himself clearly in front in the Prolog Award. In the first
showdown of the day, he beat Marc Wulf by 8 seconds. Behind him, Fynn
Hannemann also showed his current form in the HESG. The current dominator in the
German Enduro Cup lost only 0.7 seconds to Wulf.
In the following 70-minute group races, 20 riders per group reached the final. As the
track in Neuhaus-Schierschnitz is quite short, there were three group races. Due to
the extremely muddy conditions, this was also the right decision to avoid traffic jams.
The winners of the groups were Milan Schmüser (group 1), Marc Wulf (group 2) and
Louis Richter (group 3).
The women's victory went to Eva Täuber, and this classification was held in the
second group race. Raven Lippold dominated the 85cc class and still managed 3 laps
on the deep track.
Finale Grande in extreme conditions
Last year's champion Kevin Gallas has not yet been mentioned in the text.
Nevertheless, he will once again go down in HESG history. He is competing this
season with a newly built Youngtimer Honda and caused big eyes among the fans and
opponents. With this "old" motorbike, he once again mixed with the field and was
even able to achieve 9th place on the difficult final track. After the race he was happy
because for the first time his own team was at the start. He also praised the overall
great atmosphere among all the riders in the series.
Due to Gallas' change of bike, there were now completely new results at the top. After
lap 1, Marc Wulf, Lenny Geretzky and Felix Bähker were tied. In lap 3 Marc Wulf
made some mistakes and Geretzky took advantage of them and took the lead. With a
controlled driving style, he built up a comfortable lead and took the opening victory
to the cheers of his parents. This means that the Suhl native has now arrived in the
HESG Hall of Fame. In addition to the championship win, it was also enough for the
junior victory. Wulf secured second place and at the same time victory in the Pro
class. Felix Bähker and Fynn Hannemann, two other juniors, followed in third and
fourth place. Milan Schmüser came fifth, a performance that is also highly
commendable. After all, he had undergone shoulder surgery 10 days earlier.
As a conclusion of the opening race one can say that at least 6 riders have chances to
win a race this season. And that the juniors are on the rise. It will definitely be an
exciting season, which will continue in Crimmitschau on 22/23 April. You can still
register for this race here: www.hardenduro-germany.de/registration-heaven-or-hell-
Up-to-date information on the DOWATEK HardEnduroSeries Germany can always
be found at www.hardenduro-germany.de and in the social media.