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Dementor KTM Track Days Serres

În weekendul 23-24 octombrie peste 20 de împătimiți ai asfaltului s-au convins, pe circuitul de la Serres, de performanțele gamei KTM. Pentru a fi testate de piloții români în condiții de circuit (nivel începător), Dementor a dus în Grecia atât modele din gama SuperBike cât și din gama Naked și Supermoto, vedeta sesiunii de teste fiind KTM RC8 Red Bull Replica.


KTM RC8, KTM 990 SuperDuke, KTM 990 SuperDuke R, KTM 690 Duke, KTM 690 Duke R, KTM 950 SMR, KTM 690 SMC, KTM 690 SMR, KTM 450 SMR și KTM 530 EXC cu kit pentru Supermoto sunt modelele care au completat lista motocicletelor aduse pe circuitul de la Serres pentru a fi testate. Dementor KTM Track Days a fost un bun prilej pentru ca românii, care concurează în ROSBK și clienți KTM care sunt fideli gamei de off-road să se familiarizeze cu gama on-road a constructorului austriac. Printre cei care au urcat în șaua lui KTM RC8 Red Bull Replica, un Superbike creat după filozofia ”Ready to Race”, s-au numărat Ionel Pascotă (câștigător al titlului Alpe Adria, multiplu campion balcanic de SuperBike și SuperSport, câștigător al ROSBK clasa SuperSport) și Ionuț Mistode ( câștigător al ROSBK clasa SuperBike și primul pilot român care va concura în Campionatul Mondial de Anduranță).

Ionuț Mistode: ”Am rămas surprins în mod plăcut de cât de manevrabil și stabil este KTM RC8 Red Bull Replica în viraje. Este o motocicletă care te ajută mult pe un astfel de circuit și faptul că am putut să mergem cu ea exact pe același traseu pe care concurăm în ROSBK a contat foarte mult, sper să am ocazia să o pilotez și pe alte circuite”.

Dan Tatoiu (Dementor KTM): ”Ne-am implicat într-un astfel de eveniment din dorința de a aduce cât mai aproape de potențialii noștri clienți motocicletele din gama on-road. KTM RC8 Red Bull Replica este o motocicletă care stă bine pe viraje și m-a surprins încă din primul tur cu manevrabilitatea sa, cea mai bună soluție pentru un test cu o astfel de motocicletă fiind câteva tururi de pistă.Vom continua să susținem evenimente din ROSBK și sezonul viitor, când pe piața din România va fi disponibil și noul naked KTM, 125 Duke”.


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      Luca Grünwald (GER) KTM RC 390 R Assen (NED) 2018 © Jarno van Osch/Shot Up Productions
      Saturday, 10.12 am
      The second day of racing dawns at the Assen track, but for the World Supersport 300 rider all is pretty easy going. If you make it through Superpole 1 – in which only to fastest two pass on through to Superpole 2 – and then partake in the second session along with ten fastest guys on track, you’re still out on track for a total of thirty minutes tops. And that’s only the two fastest riders, the other 37 only have a fifteen minute session to run on Saturday before they’re done for the day. “I would rather have had a third free practice; all we’re doing now is waiting. And we don’t really have time to try things out either, because there’s no way you are going try new thing in Superpole.” With about an hour before Grünwald suits up, he always goes for a run. “To keep my body up to temperature, that’s all that’s for. Get my heartrate up and warm up the muscles a bit. Focus comes automatically then, because when you just sit around your mind wanders off and you lose focus.”
      Luca Grünwald (GER) Assen (NED) 2018 © Jarno van Osch/Shot Up Productions
      Apart from getting a workout in, the Freudenberg KTM WorldSSP Team rider also uses the Saturday to analyze data and to look back footage from previous sessions, learning from that as he does. “We don’t carry a lot of sensors on the bike but I get plenty of information from the ones we do have. That way we can figure out where there’s progress to be made.” Grünwald manages to make it through Superpole 1 in the end, setting the second fastest time of the session. With 1´51.681 he’s allowed into qualifying with the ten fastest riders in the class, but he doesn’t improve on the time set in Superpole 1, leaving him in P9. That means he’s on the third row for the race; his second in World Supersport 300.
      Luca Grünwald (GER) Assen (NED) 2018 © Jarno van Osch/Shot Up Productions
      Sunday, 1.56 pm
      “Tension rises fast on Sunday, and it starts to build early, too. Our warm up session starts at 8.50 am,” Grünwald explains. “I try to focus as much as I can, channeling all I’ve got into getting off the line well. In this class those first few laps are outright war. Contacts a plenty and you’ll find another rider on every possible line through every single corner. After that things ease up a bit and you can start working on a plan,” explains Grünwald. At Assen round ‘making a plan’ didn’t quite worked out for anyone. Right after the start a large and very wild leading pack forms. Setting a strategy and following it has no use whatsoever. Because a lot of riders received grid penalties, Grünwald was allowed to take off from sixth place, allowing him to slot in with the leading pack. He manages to stay with the leading bunch right until the final lap, striking in the final chicane – the Geert Timmer-bocht. With a small sprint to the line, Grünwald manages to outdrive fellow competitors Glenn van Straalen and Scott Deroue to the line, taking his first World Championship race victory!
      Luca Grünwald (#43, GER) KTM RC 390 R Assen (NED) 2018 © Jarno van Osch/Shot Up Productions
      A long lap of honor and few sips of champagne on the podium are to follow, after which the German gets dressed in absolute calm. The well-earnt cup is proudly displayed in the Freudenberg KTM WorldSSP Team awning. “What an insane race that was. It was complete chaos again out there,” a smiling Grünwald says. “I knew I’d fit in well in the class, but I did not expect to be taking victory at only my second race in the championship. It does feel really good to be back on the rostrum again. If feels like forever since I last managed that, with my last victory in 2016.”
      Podium Supersport 300 Assen (NED) 2018 © Jarno van Osch/Shot Up Productions
      Sunday, 7.03 pm
      There isn’t a great deal of time to celebrate his victory, because the Fiat Ducato is already set to leave the track again. Luca Grünwald has quite a trip ahead of him back home to Waldkraiburg. “Tomorrow is my day off, so I’m going to make the most of that now. I have completely lost track of how many people congratulated me in the paddock. I haven’t even had time to watch the race back myself, apart from that final lap. Everyone in the team kept showing me that on their phones.” The weekend after Assen Grünwald isn’t racing so he’s made plans to enjoy the weekend with a few friends. “I’m going to be celebrating with them!”
      Winning the Assen round has moved Grünwald up to second place in the championship, boding well for a good season for the German KTM rider. “I believe I should be able to get on the rostrum on a regular basis this season, and if I can manage that I’ll automatically be in with a shot at the championship. I’m certainly not going to tell you, right here, right now, I’m taking home that trophy at the end of the season, because so much can happen. We all have a long way to go yet, but I want to assure myself I have fun racing. And believe me when I say I’m having fun right now.”
      Luca Grünwald (GER) Assen (NED) 2018 © Jarno van Osch/Shot Up Productions
      Luca Grünwald – still second in the championship – will be racing at Brno this weekend (from June 8 to June 10). With no German round on the calendar in World Supersport 300, the German KTM rider will go into the Czech round as his home race. Feel like following him? Check out his own Facebook page or that of the team.
      Photos: Jarno van Osch/Shot Up Productions