Berlin Night at the 99th Berliner Sechstagerennen
by Steve Penny
Dutch Still in Control
Monday night is known as Berlin Night, but last night evidence was more like Holland Night, as the Dutch boys Stam and Schep stamped their authority on the Berlin Six.
The German favourites Bartko/Kluge appeared to be back on track and won the nights big 45 minute chase after a great final sprint between Bartko and Morkov. They also took the 1,000 metre Time Trial in under 56 seconds. With the point gains had another bonus lap and they’d re-taken the lead. The Danes Rasmussen/Morkov where 2nd in both those races and had also taken their bonus lap so the two way fight for the top honours appeared to be back on. The underrated Dutchmen had other ideas though and during the 2nd shorter 30 minute Madison they slipped away with Mohs/Muller and Bengsch/Kalz, who took a crowd pleasing win, to once again take a clear lap lead going into the final night.
The big losers where Lampater/Grasmann who after being a lap ahead with Stam/Schep after Sundays session lost a lap in each on Mondays chases and they are now out of the running. Marvulli/Aeschbach although close to a bonus lap now have way too much to do to win this Six and will most likely have to settle for a place off the podium.
Standings at close on Monday:
Danny Stam - Peter Schep (Ned) 161 points @ 1 lap: Robert Bartko - Roger Kluge (Ger) 246 Alex Rasmussen - Michael Morkov (Den) 223 @ 2 laps Alex Aeschbach - Franco Marvulli (Switz) 182 Leif Lampater - Christian Grasmann (Ger) 148 Andreas Müller (Aut) - Erik Mohs (Ger) 112 @4 laps: Robert Bengsch – Marcel Kalz (Ger) 130 @ 7 laps Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - K De Ketele (Bel) 77