Motocross

Blake Gillard reports in from Germany

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Blake Gillard is a young Kiwi making his way in the motocross world, in particular Germany at the moment. Gillard spent some time on the Australian National Circuit last year (2006) but was hindered by injury. For 2007 he took a different tact and headed to Europe. Every now and then he sends out an email to let everyone know how he is doing. Here is his latest instalment in his words. "On Friday I found out that 'someone' in the area had joined me at a local club and now I can ride their club days," told Fullnoise. The next club day being on the next day - sweet ! I was pretty happy as I'm getting bored doing motos by myself - there is just something better about having 15 or 20 other guys on a track. Also a gate start that seems to make it easier and give the riding more purpose, maybe its only a club day but I still try and see where I can lap up to and then try harder in the next race. "I raced my Greiner KTM practice bike in the MX2 and MX1 class, it was quite easy but good training for me as I won all the races and the feature. Later that day I got a call saying there was a spot free for me to ride at a round of what translates to the Northern German Championship. From what I know there are 10 rounds and I was racing at Round 8 the next day - Sunday. As this meeting had a special international licence to allow a small handful of international riders race. The way everything is licensed here is only German riders can race German Championships. I can't race these because I wasn't born here ! That's why the two Championships I am racing are internationals and there are normally between 15 and 25 countries outside of Germany at each of those meetings. "Back to the North Championship .... at the round on Sunday there was no MX2 Class, only MX1 so we had no choice but to enter on my Greiner KTM 250 SXS race bike. The meeting wasn't too far from my home in Schwerin, only 120 klms away at a town called Malchow which is on the river Elde. We left early Sunday morning and when we arrived I wanted to see who I was up against. There were a few riders from the International German Open and quite a few from further afield that I hadn't heard of. The track was nice, lots of jumps and tight corners which I thought could help me racing against the bigger MX1 bikes. "In qualifying I posted the fastest lap, just, I think there were a couple hundredths of a second in it, the next rider had beaten me the weekend before at the Inter German Open so I thought I was in for a tough day. "Moto 1 - I got a good start, around 10th and pushed hard on the first 3 laps to get up to 3rd, I sat there for a few more laps and then passed the leaders through a jump section, towards the end of the race. I was passed back but I managed to regain the lead half way through the last lap and hold it to the flag. "Moto 2 - I got an awesome start, 6th into the corner then scrubbed a steep single jump straight into 3rd and then 2nd by the next corner. I then passed the leader shortly after and pulled out to a 7 second lead. 3 laps from the end I got smashed in the eye by a golf ball sized rock by a lapper. It stung like hell and I just rolled round the last few laps enough to take the win by half a second. That gave me the Round and I got a very cool trophy and a Polaroid camera - sweet ! "I'm stoked with that result. For me its all good build up for the last two rounds of the Red Bull ADAC Youngster Cup. I'm 3 points off the lead and sitting in 3rd and would love to end the season on a high," Blake ended.

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