European Superstock Championship First Qualifying

Glenn le santo
by Glenn le santo
They may live in the shadow of the big boys in the World Championships, but the lads, many of them very young, on the Superstocks are entertaining and giving their all. Their performances on the almost stock machines, are also much more telling about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the current crop of hyper-sports bikes than the 'lookalike' World Superbikes. And the sound of all those big fours screaming around the Lausitzring is music to the ears! Want to know how they got on today? Read on...

British riders dominate Superstock qualifying

British riders occupy the first two places on the provisional front row of the grid for Sunday’s round of the European Superstock championship. Marty Nutt leads the grid on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 with Mark Heckles next on the Honda Fireblade. They are joined on the front row by Gunter Knobloch, from Austria, who rides a Yamaha R1 and German rider Benny Jerzenbeck on another Suzuki. The pair were over two seconds adrift of the front two riders. James Ellison, the reigning champion, winner of the last race and current title leader was seventh fastest. Ellison split with his team after Donington and is now racing for Hi-Peak Young Guns racing. Walter Tortoroglio, who lies second in the championship, was fifth fastest on his Suzuki. It rained hard for most of the session.

European Superstocks championshipLausitzring, GermanyFirst Qualifying timesRider, manufacturer, nationality, time1. Marty Nutt, Suzuki, GBR, 1’53.2952. Mark Heckles, Honda, GBR, 1’53.4973. Gunter Knobloch, Yamaha, AUT, 1’55.9094. Benny Jerzenbeck, Suzuki, GER, 1’56.0115. Walter Tortoroglio, Suzuki, ITA, 1’56.470
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