The BMW Motorrad Motorsport representative won round two of the campaign at Walldorf in convincing fashion, as 5,000 spectators were thrilled by top-notch racing, good weather and a well prepared course which included plenty of Enduro elements.
Kirssi gated alright for the two-hour run, right behind his closest rival, Hungary´s Kornel Nemeth. He quickly used the
demanding tree section, with its gnarly up- and downhills, to move past Nemeth. Kirssi opened a gap over Nemeth, but saw his lead disappear when he dropped the bike after touching a tree.
Motocross expert Nemeth answered by racing back to the front, and that´s exactly how the pair came into the pits for the
inevitable fuel stop. The BMW boys showed how they have their duties covered, when Kirssi´s crew managed to send their rider first back in the chase.
The second part of the race then belonged to Kirssi out front. The defending champ extended his lead up to 40 seconds by the time when the chequered flag came out. Even more so, he came home almost four minutes ahead of WEC contender Bartosz Oblucki, who rounded out the podium. Renowned Supercross specialist Alexandre Rouis finished fourth.
The ever-popular Kirssi was greeted by a long line of fans after the podium ceremony, and certainly had a lot of
autograph-signing still to do.
Simo Kirssi: “Walldorf is one of my favourites. The start went well and I followed Kornel a little before moving by in the tree section. I enjoyed the tight layout, that´s where I gained the most ground. The lappers really helped by making room, that made the job easier. I made one small mistake and touched a tree with my shoulder, so down I went. I took it as a wake-up call and rode very concentrated afterwards, feeling like I had full control over the race. The BMW 450 is the perfect bike for such a track.”
German Cross Country Championship, Rd. 2 Walldorf
1. Simo Kirssi (FIN), BMW Motorrad Motorsport, BMW G 450 X, 14 laps
2. Kornel Nemeth (HUN), KTM, 14
3. Bartosz Oblucki (POL), Husqvarna, 14
4. Alexandre Rouis (FRA), Yamaha, 14
5. Bert Meyer (GER), Honda, 14
6. Dennis Schröter (GER), KTM, 14
7. Christian Weiß (GER), TM, 14
8. Andy Boller (GER), KTM 450, 14
9. Stefan Ludwig (GER), Husaberg, 14
10. Stefan Geyer (GER), KTM, 13