Frohburg road races – race day report

The 2012 Frohburg road races started in dry and favourable conditions at a race circuit which is regarded by many as Germany’s most well known “pure” roads circuit. It was reigning international road racing champion Didier Grams who dominated racing proceedings throughout winning the Joey Dunlop open feature race and also winning the International road racing championship race as well on his BMW SR1000 superbike. But the main winner of the day regarding the international road racing championship was Branko Sdranov who claimed his first overall international road racing championship win. Branko from the Netherlands who has raced at the Macau Grand Prix in 2004 was the most consistent rider throughout the ever growing continental road race series known to many as the IRRC (International road racing championship).

One of the most anticipated entries for the Frohburg road races this year was that of Honda TT legends racing rider Simon Andrews. Simon who so far this season has achieved good results at the North West 200 finishing fourth in the feature North West 200 superbike race this year was back racing after his highly documented crash at the TT this year on the Honda TT legends racing superbike. Essentially the main part of racing at the Frohburg road races this year for Simon was to see if he was race fit the Macau Grand Prix in November, Simon finished in 27th place in the first open race of the day before mechanical problems caused to non starts in the next two superbike races. Simon at Frohburg was racing the Ice Valley racing BMW by Motorsave Ltd superstock bike the same bike as he will ride at the Macau Grand Prix this year.

Regular TT competitor and International road racing championship regular Paul Shoesmith had a mixed bag of results at the Frohburg road races. In the first open superbike race Paul finished in 13th place but then in the second superbike race of the day Paul crashed at high speed suffering a dislocated pelvis and a fractured vertebrate in his back I and I’m sure many others will wish Paul a very speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the roads again soon. Alan Connor from Ireland also competes in the Isle of Man TT races and also in the international road racing championship, yesterday at Frohburg Alan finished every race on his Connor racing Suzuki superstock bike, also from Ireland John Walsh took a 11th place finish on his Honda Fireblade in the opening superbike race whilst also improving his best overall lap times around the Frohburg road races circuit.

 The fastest German rider at the TT in recent years has been Rico Penzkofer. Rico who has taken many wins around the Frohburg road races circuit was again in good form yesterday on the Penz BMW superbike where Rico took a 4th place finish in the open superbike race. Isle of Man TT newcomer this year Stefan Holz returned to the International road racing championship series this weekend on the Holz racing team BMW superstock bike and completed many valuable racing laps as preparation for next years racing season. Overall the Frohburg road races this year where a success and it was positive to see the likes of Simon Andrews and Rico Penzkofer take part in road race meetings like this that help spread the word of road racing across Europe but also across the world.

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