Five out of five.
After France, Austria, Portugal and Spain, Christian Merli salt on the top step of the podium in the 5th meeting of the European mountain Championship. He competed in the time trial "Ecce Homo" in Sternberk, North of Brno in the Czech Republic. A fast path to 7.800 kilometers. The official Osella with his DO 30 signed also the new track record at 2 ' 39 "93.
Christian, fifth and fourth season record
"Delighted. I wouldn't have dreamed of making this record. Is the result of teamwork. Happy, after a long day. In further testing we worked on the set up, while today's race 1 was very hot and the track was dirty upon arrival. In race 2 I pushed hard and we improved. Great race, well organized. What can we say? I'm happy. "
In the first trial, the ascent Team Blue City Motorsport stops the Chrono 2 ' 44 ' 62. Fade is second to 3 "28 followed by Diego Dan with the FA 30. The second round sees Battlements lower his record 2018 and stop the Chrono to 2 ' 40 "81. The Tuscan rider of the standard is behind him with Dan third.
Clear skies and warm weather, when it begins the first ascent, then long interrupted because of oil on the path after the engine failure of the Norma M20 of Jiří Špalek. The last fifteen contestants are sent back to the pits and shooting with the second ascent of the historic, waiting for the track is clean. Return to ride the big and the best time, the track still treacherous, is for Christian Merli with his Osella AGO 30 2 ' 42 with Avon LRM Zytek "29. Follow Simone Faggioli to the norm in 4 ' 49 and third Diego Dan, the other is 30 gummed Pirelli, 6 "91.
Victory with a new track record for Blackbirds that stops the Chrono to the incredible time of 2 ' 39 "93. The second step of the podium for Simone Faggioli to 5 "38, while bronze is for Diego Dan.
The podium for the sum of the times
1° Blackbirds (Osella FA30 Zytek LRM) 5 ' 22 "22, 2° Faggioli (Norma M20 FC) to 9" 11, 3° Dan (Osella FA 30) to 16 "15.
The calendar of the CEM
14/4 Col Saint Pierre (France), 28/4 Rechbergrennen (Austria), Portugal, 19/5 12/5 Ramp Internacional da Falperra – Subida al Fito (Spain), 2/6 Glasbachrennen (Czech Republic), Ecce Homo 16/6 2018 (Germany), 7/7 21/7 Dobsinsky (Italy), Trento-Bondone Kopec (Slovakia), 28/7 Limanowa (Poland), 18/8 Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne (Switzerland), 1/9 Bistrica (Slovenia), 15/9 Buzetski Dani (Croatia).
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