Berlin Night (5) Monday

by Eugene Vandal
Canadian 6-Day Enthusiast
Berlin, DE
30 February 2012

Berliner Tag - Berlin Six 2012

Monday nights (Berlin Night) race programme kicked off with a Sprints warm-up won by Robert Forstemann who also took the top spot on the first day of the six. Maximilian Levi was first on Friday and Saturday evening’s sprints.

The riders next went into a team Derny race, which utilizes both men on the team, hand slinging each other into the fray at the back of their dernies. Iljo Keisse and Kenny De Ketele took this on the line by a wheel.

After the Derny event, Maximilian Levi took the 6 points for the win in the next sprint event of the evening.

The first Madison of the evening was a hot and heavy charge of the top five teams individually flying off the front of the 15 team train to put a lap between them and their closest opponents. Individually or in groups of two or three, they battled continually to better themselves in this 45 minute event. Three of the top ten and one of the top five desperately hung on to the flying chain of riders to only be down a lap at the finish of the chase, while the rest lost 2 to 4 more laps from the leaders.

The Official Standings at 22:18:

1.	Lampater - Kluge				198 points
2.	Keisse - de Ketele			189
3.	Howard – Meyer				183
3.	Marvulli –Dillier				183
at 1 lap
5.	Bengsch - Kalz				173
at 8 laps:
6.	Barth - Mohs					71			
at 9 laps:
7.	Graf - Müller					45
at 10 laps
8.	Bommel – Mertens			91
at 11 laps:
9.	Matzka - Reinhardt			92
at 13 laps:
10.	Ratajczyk – Aeschbach		95
at 14 laps:
11.	Blaha – Stam				49
at 17 laps:
12.	Masotti - Ciccone				43
at 18 laps
13.	Schroder - Thömel			34
14.	Huff – Simes					31	
at 26 laps:
15.	Kaikow – Krasnow			17

At approximately midnight, the next madison started as a 30 minute version. One of the first teams to go for a break was the Russian team of Kaikow - Krasnow, who actually managed to gain a lap. A few of the other lesser teams started to make a go of it, which in turn sparked the bigger guns to put the hammer down and try for some laps themselves. It was quite the battle again between the top 5 overall teams. The two teams of Keisse - De Ketele and Lampater - Kluge eventually hammered out one extra lap over their nearest contenders, Marvulli - Diller and Howard - Meyer while Bensch - Kalz lost another lap to the top four. I'm wondering what the outcome would have been had there been another 15 minutes to this event.

The Official Standings at 00:15 - 31/01/12:

1.	Keisse - de Ketele			208 points
2.	Lampater - Kluge				204
at 1 lap
3.	Marvulli –Dillier				195
4.	Howard – Meyer				191
at 2 laps
5.	Bengsch - Kalz				183
at 10 laps:
6.	Barth - Mohs					71			
at 11 laps:
7.	Graf - Müller					45
at 12 laps
8.	Bommel – Mertens			95
at 13 laps:
9.	Matzka - Reinhardt			92
at 15 laps:
10.	Ratajczyk – Aeschbach		95
at 16 laps:
11.	Blaha – Stam				49
at 19 laps:
12.	Masotti - Ciccone				43
at 20 laps
13.	Schroder - Thömel			34
14.	Huff – Simes					31	
at 28 laps:
15.	Kaikow – Krasnow			17