Welcome to the new season 2019. In Hengelo, Christian started super with a 2nd and 4th position in the IRRC races 1 and 2 of the season. With Matthieu LaGrive, Yves Pierre Bian, Laurent Hoffmann and Thomas Walther, Schmiddel joins the circle of top riders. The season will be thrilling.
After the great result from Hengelo, we went highly motivated to Horice - to the track that Schmiddel really likes and where he has already been on the podium twice. On Wednesday shortly before Schmiddel went to Horice, he had first technical issues. When he arrived in Horice, it was replaced and Schmiddel. Directly in the first qualifying, other technical parts went on strike and, thus, the 300 curves of Horice were all over bar the shouting for Schmiddel before the race had actually started. That's how motorsport can be. Fortunately, the race in Horice in May is not part of the IRRC championship and no significant points have been lost. Now, it's time for the Laserscanning Europe Racing Team to get the engines up and running again and then be back at the start in Imatra, Finland, at the end of June.
In Hengelo, Jürgen Welsing started on our old spare motorbike and could get the places 16 and 17 in the IRRC. Jürgen, who had previously ridden in the Superbike and is currently in the Supermoto race, started the first time on a 600cc. In the Benecup, he was on position 12 and 16. In the meantime, he also reached a good 7th position, but the reverse circuit, which is typical in racing, made it hard for Jürgen. After an incorrect switching, he lost his very good position again.