So the German track is up next. Can Pedrosa keep the momentum from Laguna Seca or will Stoner be back and dominate as he did last year. nicky has been doing fine at Sachsnering but can he get the Ducati fast enough through the first part of teh track to be competitive? Will Lorenzo be back and beat Rossi or will the Doctor make it #101?
At Sacshenring we have two Swedish riders as wild cards in the 250cc class in the shape of Robin Hålen and Joakim Stensmo. They are one and two in the Swedish national 250cc championship but are really in at the deep end. I really hope they can qualify for the race as that would be a great achievement. Toby Markham will race for Jaap Kingmaa racing on their Aprilia and a german guy called Marcel will also race. Joakim will have #66 and Robin #67.
Here are some pictures of the rebuild of Joakim Stensmos TSR Honda owned and maintained by Henrik Nordgren who is a real enthusiast and I am very happy for him getting his bikes on the grid. Robin Håhlen will ride his RSV250 Aprilia.
Nordgren has managed to get hold of lot of special engine parts for the race, kit cranks, cylinders etc and they hope to be down about 15 km/h on the top bikes. the engine is fitted with the same engine parts as Pedrosa had when he won his last 250cc title, minus the ignition if I am correct.
The wild card teams are allowed in to the apddock about this time today so we really hope they have a great week end, enjoy themselves and learn a lot from the fastest guys in the world.
Picture of the kit engine with the special HRC con rods - a whooping 8000 € each..
Fairings waiting for some gloss and shine.
Joakim Stensmos face when he is told what the bearings in the engine cost.
Magnesium gaswire housin (don´t knwo what it is called in english..)
Sprocket holder. Special parts, of course.
Not as many flashy stickers as the factory guys but hopefully the other three wild cards will see this side of Joakim.
Henrik Nordgren warming the spare bike.
the fuel that keeps Nordgren running the whole night.... A little competiton if you can tell what is special with the fairing to the right?
I´ll post more pictures when I get them.