by Eugene Vandal
Canadian 6-Day Enthusiast
30 February 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.
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.
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