SENKVICE (Slovakia), 1 July 2012 – Competition day in Senkvice started again under the blue sky and temperature was rising up fast. Organisers were watering the track since Saturday evening, so for this reason were track well prepared. Full starting pole of riders rushed on the track, which promised nice fights on a track. Matthias Walkner, red plate owner, wanted to enlarge his lead. But there was also Czech Martin Michek and Slovenian Klemen Gercar and these two riders ruined his plans. Martin Michek noticed very succesfull weekend, when he reached his first double in career.
First race in sunny Senkvice seemed very interesting just from the beginning. After start Slovenian Matevz Irt, second in qualifying, took the holeshot, but he did not hold his leading position for a long time. Austrian rider Michael Staufer and Czech Martin Michek hang on Matevz and they both made his ride more complicated. Due to this Irt made a mistake and Martin Michek with Staufer went to the front. In addition Martin Michek took Staufer over too. Martine saw checkered flag as first.
Rider Klemen Gercar from UFO Racing Team worked hard on second place. Klemen didn´t started satisfyingly,but his brave, technicall and fast ride pushed him to the front. Klemen used his speed for making places and he jumped on second place. Slovenian in Czech team assigned next podium and important points to overall championship standings.
Michael Staufer, who lead first race for some time was slower than motivated Michek and Staufer let him go. After several laps Klemen Gercar was second, who passed Staufer. But until the end Michael was defending his position and he came to finish line with his KTM on third place.
Another Slovenian Matevz Irt, who took holeshot, payed for his mistake. Few laps after start he felt down in standings. Then he started riding harder and he obtained in the end fourth place. Gap between him and Michael Staufer was only two seconds.
Finnish Honda rider, who tried to make a podium since beginning of the season, wasn´t enough lucky again. We are writing about Antti Pyrhonen. Track in Senkvice is not one of his favourite surfaces. On this hard pack circuit was Antti slower than first four riders and he had to be satisfied with his fifth place.
Austrian Gunter Schmidinger was before this race on second place in overall championship standings. Only a few points on third place was UFO Racing Team rider Klemen Gercar. Gunter Schmidinger had some bad luck on Senkvice´s track. In first race he obtained only sixth place. Another Czech rider Petr Bartos was breathed on his back for all the race. Petr had excellent start in top three, but he made a mistake and went only to seventh position.
Red plate owner Matthias Walkner is used to make a bad starts, especially here in Senkvice. All of this mirrored on final result, when he came to finish on eighth place. On the last two places in top ten were riders from Poland – Lukasz Lonka and teammate of Klemen Gercar - Czech Petr Michalec.
The weather was prepared for the second race more harder conditions. Sun heated the air to tropical temperatures and riders entered race with expectations. Martin Michek wanted to repeat his first place. He did not start bad, when he was riding on third. Right motivated Martin was riding behind Matevz Irt and Matthias Walkner. Irt made a mistake in race again and then started fight between Walkner and Michek. Double lured Martin Michek for better performance and nobody could stop him. Nice ride and overtaken of Matthias Walkner brought to Martin Michek first double in his career.
Martin Michek: “It was very nice to win here in Slovakia. The track and conditions were harder, but I won two times, made my first double and with this all I am totally satisfied. Now I again started to train hard and I hope, that on a podium I´ll be until the end of season.”
It was noticed, that Matthias Walkner was riding a few laps on first place. Matthias looked on first place fearless and self-confident, but Martin was against his plan. Matthias was not able to defend leading position and in finish he was second.
Slovenian, Klemen Gercar, UFO Racing Team rider, had nice first race. In second was his goal identical. In this case start for him meaned problem, when he was riding on tenth position. It seemed bad, but he did not give up until the end. Nice performance in second race meaned for him third place and second overall.
Finnish rider Antti Pyrhonen was ready to improve his reputation in second heat. He started fine and he moved through some riders. Before the end he was riding on fourth place. Two riders were trying to catch him, but he watched his fourth.
Another Czech rider, Petr Bartos started in second ride good again. Petr teased on fourth placed Antti for many laps, but he was unsuccessful. Antti rode in better position and finally Petr was closing top five riders.
For Czech teams wend weekend in Slovakia really good. Second rider of Czech UFO Racing Team Petr Michalec noticed comfortable sixth position at least. Peter even took over one of the best Austrian riders – Gunter Schmidinger, so it meaned for Austrian seventh place.
Dmitryi Parshin is in this time absolutely recovered from his injury. Everybody could see it also on his races. Today in second race he got eighth place. In addition Michael Staufer had great first race, but second race turned. Michael came to finish with his KTM on nineth position and in race two tenth place occupied young Frenchman Levy Batista.
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MX3 Race 1 results – 1. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 35:37.551; ; 2. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), +0:13.305; 3. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), +0:15.390; 4. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), +0:17.709; 5. Antti Pyrhönen (FIN, Honda), +0:27.564; 6. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), +0:31.584; 7. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), +0:47.303; 8. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), +0:51.369; 9. Lukasz Lonka (POL, Honda), +0:55.240; 10. Petr Michalec (CZE, Honda), +1:01.826
MX3 Race 2 results – 1. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 34:28.160; ; 2. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), +0:03.179; 3. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), +0:14.164; 4. Antti Pyrhönen (FIN, Honda), +0:19.447; 5. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), +0:24.404; 6. Petr Michalec (CZE, Honda), +0:27.852; 7. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), +0:33.329; 8. Dimitry Parshin (RUS, Honda), +0:40.307; 9. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), +0:51.951; 10. Levy Batista (FRA, KTM), +0:54.327
MX3 overall results – 1. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 50 points; 2. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), 42 p.; 3. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 35 p.; 4. Antti Pyrhönen (FIN, Honda), 34 p.; 5. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), 32 p.; 6. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), 30 p.; 7. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 29 p.; 8. Petr Michalec (CZE, Honda), 26 p.; 9. Roman Morozov (UKR, Yamaha), 18 p.; 10. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), 18 p.
MX3 championship standings - 1. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 261 points; 2. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), 234 p.; 3. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 227 p.; 4. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 219 p.; 5. Antti Pyrhönen (FIN, Honda), 213 p.; 6. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), 173 p.; 7. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), 167 p.; 8. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), 135 p.; 9. Lukasz Lonka (POL, Honda), 128 p.; 10. Ludvig Söderberg (FIN, Honda), 100 p.
MX3 Round of Slovakia – QUICK FACTS
Circuit lenght: 1 800 metres
Type of ground: hard pack
Weather conditions: sunny