BMW HP2 Sport wins at Hockenheim

Team Motobike beats the field and the temperature

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 31, 2008
The track temperature hovered just above freezing, but that didnt stop the Team Motobike tandem of Markus Barth and Jürgen Fuchs from burning up the competition on the BMW HP2 Sport.

The duo beat a field of 22 teams to win the 1,000 km Hockenheim race in the 4-stroke unlimited capacity Class 4 division, on March 22.

Barth started things off for Team Motobike on the #151 motorcycle, quickly building a significant lead over the competition. Fuchs took over after 14 laps for the mandatory rider change and maintained the lead before the cold temperatures and adverse track conditions forced officials to end the race at 40 laps, well off of the usual 120 to 130.

While Barth and Fuchs were able to taste victory, teammates Rico Penzkofer and Stephane Mertens werent so fortunate. Penzokofer, riding the #162 HP2 Sport, was in third place when he got caught in a crash and was forced out, denying the Belgian veteran Mertens from hitting the track. Mertens, filling in for the injured Thomas Hinterreiter, was due to make his long-awaited return to racing after recovering from an injury.Jürgen Fuchs leans into a curve on the BMW HP2 Sport.

I think the organizers have done a great job in handling these marginal conditions with great care, says Barth. The frequent schedule alterations caused some agitation in the teams, but it was the same for everyone. The motorcycle ran beautifully, the team worked excellently and I really enjoyed myself out there in the race. It's a pity that Penz (Penzokofer) got caught yet again after falling in Daytona through no fault of his own."

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