Germany held its kick-off round of the 35th Annual International ADAC Supercross season on 10/11. November. The Arena was filled with close to 15,000 fans waiting to see who was going to be crowned the King and Prince of SX Stuttgart.
Tough rhythm sections and a grueling start made for some tight racing throughout the night. Riders from around the World commented on how grippy the dirt was here, setting the scene for some fast racing. O’Neal was present with a strong line-up in Stuttgart.
The KMP Honda Racing Team Boss Alex Karg recruited the top French rider Fabien Izoird for Stuttgart who was able to jump on the SX1 podium on Saturday night by placing 2nd after dominating the Heat Race. On Friday he qualified in 3rd and rode into the Top5 in the Main. After Stuttgart Fabien sits in 3rd overall in the SX Cup standings.
His younger team mate Lorenzo Camporese needed to get use of his new ride and started Friday with a 10th in his Heat Race and unfortunately missed the Main by one spot with a 3rd in Last Chance. On Saturday he was able to qualify for the Main and placed 10th.
The O’Neal supported Johannes Bikes Suzuki Team recruited the well known rider Florent Richier from France and Boris Maillard, who was already riding the Outdoors for the Team. Boris qualified 5th on Friday and placed 8th in the Main. Florent put some pressure on U.S. boy Tyler Bowers in the Heat Race and ended up in 2nd. In the Main he rode well to a 4th place.
On Saturday Boris had some bad luck in the Heat and finished 10th. There was a lot pressure on Boris in the Last Chance where he was in 2nd position when the race was stopped due a huge crash. But the race management decided to count the result of the previous two laps where Boris was in 4th. Unfortunately he didn’t make the Main. Florent placed 4th in his Heat Race and rode into the Top10 in the Main. After the Stuttgart Florent sits in 5th overall.
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The DIGA Procross Team has a massive line-up heading into the 2017/2018 SX season. Team Boss Justin Amian recruited Dylan Walsh, Adrien Malaval and Iker Larranaga for the SX2 class.
On Friday Iker started his Heat Race with a 2nd place and made the podium by placing 2nd in the Main. On Saturday again he placed 2nd in the Heat Race and managed to ride into the Top5 in the Main.
Adrien rode consistent on Friday with a 5th in his Heat Race and 6th in the Main. On Saturday he was able to qualify 5th and stormed through the pack to 4th after a shaky start.