Team Suzuki Press Office – June 2.

Suzuki’s Christian Stange celebrated his maiden victory in the German IDM Supersport category at the weekend’s third round at Lausitzring as fellow GSX-R600 rider Tatu Lauslehto made the podium to hold-on to his championship lead.

The event was held in conjunction with the DTM Touring Car series for the second time and bikes got the opportunity to showcase in front of a huge and enthusiastic crowd in Eastern Germany, close to the borders of Poland and the Czech Republic.

HPC Power Suzuki’s Stange delivered a determined outing in race one, taking command on lap eight and never looking back. The German kept his cool in the final stages when lapped-riders made things tricky. He said: “Everything went perfectly. It’s a fantastic feeling to climb on the top-step of the podium!”

The second race was a different story though: Stange rode with the lead-group at first but fell victim to a high-sider and had to come into the pits with a damaged bike.

Lauslehto didn´t make the very best choice in qualifying. The Finn concentrated on the set-up of his suspension during the first qualification practice, aiming to turn his fast-laps in the second session, but his plan was ruined by rain. The Scandinavian Team Suzuki Stoneline Mayer rider started the race from sixth position on the grid, remained positive and it showed when he placed fifth in moto one. The second race saw further improvement as he raced to a podium to maintain his championship lead.

Sarah Heide (Team Suzuki Laux ADAC Sachsen) scored a 12th place finish in race one, then the 27 year old bettered her performance in race two with fifth as Kjel Karthin (Team Karthin MSB Suzuki) repeated his dominant performance from the previous round, again winning both races in the SuperNaked class.

The next IDM round will be held at the Nürburgring on June 13-14th.

Race 1: 1. Christian Stange (D, HPC Power Suzuki Racing), 2. Konstatin Pisarev (UA, Yamaha) 3. Jan Bühn (D, Yamaha), 4. Christian von Gunten (CH, Kawasaki) 5. Tatu Lauslehto (FIN, Team Suzuki Stoneline Mayer).

Race 2: 1. Christian von Gunten (CH, Kawasaki), 2. Jasha Huber (CH, Kawasaki), 3. Tatu Lauslehto (FIN, Team Suzuki Stoneline Mayer), 4. Jan Bühn (D, Yamaha), 5. Sarah Heide (D, Team Suzuki Laux ADAC Sachsen).

Championship Standings: 1. Tatu Lauslehto (FIN, Team Suzuki Stoneline Mayer), 115 points, 2. Jan Bühn (D, Yamaha), 99, 3. Christian Stange (D, HPC Power Suzuki Racing), 97, 4. Christian von Gunten (CH, Kawasaki), 96, 5. Jasha Huber (CH, Kawasaki), 81.

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