This day is gonna tell the boys from men! After a few weeks of sunny weather, on this very Saturday morning, 25th of May, the skies covered with clouds, pouring sheets of a cold rain. Despite of this, the brave gymkhana racers showed up at the competition event organized by "motoFUNdation" and there wasn't any single rider missing of those who had registered. Special applause to the debutants who, riding their serial, unarmed bikes braved to challenge the traps of slippery surface between colorful cones.
organized by Honda also appeared. The experience in Honda series of events was the criteria of qualification to the "proffesional" class. Debutants and riders who had only participated in local events had their own classification with even more valuable prizes.
|The Beetle and DrMarino|
The day of broken footpeg
Practice on rain washed asphalt was unfortunate for Beniamin Mucha, 2012 vice-champion of Poland. Gymkhaner from the city of Wrocław, who rode 380 km to Szczecin on his CBR, crashed during practice and broke right side footpeg. "LocK" Darek Łuksza from Berlin also crashed and bent handlebar, and Oscar Kubicki was up to ride Suzuki 750, but the wiring died. Therefore Lila, the main coordinator of the event, lended him her CBR F4i, but also in this bike the footpeg broke. And one of debutants, "Wild" Krzysztof Dzikowski from Szczecin, in first course of timed runs crashed and - as you have probably guessed already - broke a footpeg...
|Adaśko fixing LocK's handlebar. |
Other broken bikes behind in a queue
Started on wet, ended on dry
The rain stopped in the afternoon, so the first in history of Poland wet Gymkhana was full of dramatism, just as 4th round of MotoGP the week earlier, when the track was becoming dry during the race and the results were so unpredictable.
Four dark horses
|Adaśko lost on snail|
|Beniamin the winner|
The power of friendship
Ones who achieved podiums were rewarded with Modeka jackets mentioned above and also with balaclavas and lumbar protection belts from Modeka, vouchers from Motorismo shops network, total value of 300 EUR, and greases, jackets and gadgets of Motul, sponsored by Mata, authorised distributor. The only gymkhana girl "The Toast" was rewarded with Modeka gloves. The commentator, "Jelly" Daniel Kisiel, sports journalist from Tricity, noticed that special Fair Play award should be given to Adaśko and organizers, because without their mechanical and vehicle support three of four standing on tops of podiums of various classes, and also one on 3rd place, all of them guests without support teams and local infrastructure, wouldn't be able to complete the races.
|Lila, chief coordinator|
MotoFUNdation thanks to sponsors: Motorismo, Modeka, V-Tech, Exacto, AutoStyl, pizzeria Marco Polo which feeded motorcyclists, media patrons: MotoRmania.com.pl, Motoradio.com.pl, GymkhanaPolska.pl, Kurier Szczecinski, and honour patron regional governor of West Pomerania (privately - a motorcyclist...)
Source and more pictures (below): MotoRmania
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