TEAM DG SPORT HEROCK TAKES 3RD AT OSCHERSLEBEN

18/08/2013



Team DG SPORT HEROCK took third place yesterday in the Superstock class onboard their Yamaha R1 at the third round of the Endurance World Championship at Oschersleben, avenging the disappointment of the DNF at Bol d’Or earlier this year.

The Belgian located team had a strong package straight out of the box with a good pace during free practice and qualifying at the German circuit. This resulted in an 8th starting position for the 8 hour long race. Didier Van Keymeulen took a brilliant start and consolidated his 8th position during the first laps of the race.

Thanks to its refueling strategy the team managed to keep its position in the leading group throughout the race, but the team was not fast enough to gain time on the opposition during pitstops. They will need to make some changes to improve that for the next race in Le Mans. Also excessive tyre wear prevented Van Keymeulen and his teammates Raymond Schouten and Lucas Mahias from pushing hard during every second stint of the tyres.

The riders stayed out of trouble, which was not easy as many crashes occurred during the race.

Said Didier Van Keymeulen: "I took an excellent start and gave it my all to follow the leaders in our category. Team orders were clear: get into a good rhythm and let the others make mistakes while pushing too hard. We knew they would be a little quicker than us on race pace. After our victory last week at the 6 Hours Moto of Spa, this new podium gives me some extra motivation to finalize my preparation to be in the best shape possible for Le Mans."

Said Raymond Schouten: "I’m so happy with this result as this is my third World Endurance podium with the team. We had a lot of fun during this week and so the final result can be even more appreciated. I’m disappointed though, as I will most likely miss the Le Mans 24 Hours, because I might have to defend my leading position in the Dutch Supersport Championship that same weekend. But of course I’ll be supporting my teammates at 100% during the race."

Said Lucas Mahias: "It was a hard week for me because I had some difficulties finding a good rhythm on our R1. I also had some problems with my right elbow after a big highside last week, but at the end this has not limited my performance during the race. I'm happy to get my first podium with the team and I sure hope it will not be the last. My teammates and I will give it our all to add the 24 Heures Moto to the team’s palmares."

Team Manager Olivier Aerts said: "Our boys absolutely made the most of the available package today. This podium is proof enough that we have stepped up to the next level and we will be ready to challenge for the podium again in 4 weeks time at the 24 Heures Moto in Le Mans. We know where we can still win some time, so our technicians at the Campus Francorchamps will be working hard during the next weeks to improve those aspects of our package.”

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