98th Edition of the Berliner Sechstagerennen - Day 1
by Steve Penny
The first night of the 98th Berlin Six Day race saw 12,500 patrons celebrate the 100th anniversary of this historic event.
On the track opening exchanges threw up a few surprises which is fairly standard at a Six Day race. It is not normally until the 3rd night that the leaders really start to make there move. Nevertheless it will be good news for the organisation with last minute German / Belgian pairing Roger Kluge and Kenny De Ketele at the top of the standings. On the same lap in 2nd place are Lademann / Aeschbach and the German / Swiss combination have indeed started were they left off last year when they finished a surprising 3rd overall.
Courtesy of Berliner Sechstagerennen website
The opening 45 minute Madison saw a surprise when German Madison champions took the first big prize of the Six Day from the young Kluge / De Ketele team with Lademann / Aeschbach in 3rd. The main favourites were all one lap behind this trio, with some teams losing three, four and five laps. The 2nd shorter 30 minute Madison went to the Danish boys Morkov and Rasmussen. There were no lap gains on the other major players, so the 1st night ended with an interesting look to the leader board and all those racing, heading into the weekend.
Standings after Day 1:
1 Kluge / De Ketele 37 Points 2 Lademann / Aeschbach 29 At 1 lap: 3 Zabel / Bartko 54 4 Risi / Marvulli 53 5 Bengsch / Kalz 43 6 Rasmussen / Mörköv 33 7 Stam / Schep 24 8 Roberts / Lampater 5 At 2 laps: 9 Ciccone / Mohs 5 At 3 laps: 10 Hester / Madsen 23 11 Müller / Siedler 12 12 Bommel / Schaar 8 13 König / Barth 0 At 4 laps: 14 Musiol / Frey 15 15 Grasmann / Thömel 9 16 Kadlec / Zabka 1 17 Ratajczyk / Lazar 0 At 5 laps: 18 Graf / Matzka 4
As well as such a close start to the race there was more good news for the organisation with Bruno Risi and Franco Marvulli seeming to have resolved their differences. Risi was quoted by a Swiss news agency as saying:
As reported, Erik Zabel starts in Berlin for the first time in his last ever race and said:
According to German news his son Rick will join him on the track on Tuesday, who is himself competing in the junior event over the weekend.
Twice Olympic gold medalist and Six Day strongman Robert Bartko appears to be relishing the task of racing with Zabel in his last race saying:
Let the battle commence!!!