Team Suzuki Shorttrack rider Pete Boast, took his 2009 RM-Z450 based racer to a great third place finish at the first round of the Mefo International Championship, held in Neuenknick in Germany at the weekend.
Boast, who took delivery of his new fuel-injected RM-Z only two weeks earlier, went into the first round of series in optimistic form, after pre-season tests on the new bike showed promising performance and pace. With entries from all over Europe, Boast started the weekend strongly, achieving two fourth place finishes and a third in the heat races, qualifying comfortably for the final.
With the track rutted from the earlier races, Boast elected to ride the smoother outside line in the final, but quickly had to revise his plan as the tape dropped. Forced into the trickier inside option, the RM-Z rider was quickly up to third place, battling with fellow Brit Steve Hall and Italian Marco Belli. Despite catching Hall and leader Belli, Boast would eventually run out of time to mount an attack for the lead and settled for a well-earned third place.
Boast commented, “It’s a little frustrating to be so close to a win, but on the whole I’m very pleased with my performance this weekend. The new RM-Z450 has been a revelation. From the crate it made more power than my race-tuned 2008 bike and in reality we haven’t had much chance to develop it yet. By the time the British Championship gets underway I think we’ll have a missile of a bike. I feel more confident this season than ever before.”
Boast will be back out in action in the UK at round one of Pozzani Silkolene Shorttrack UK Championship at the Norfolk Arena in Kings Lynn on 3rd May. Visit www.shorttrackuk.com for more details.
The next round of the Mefo International Championship takes place at Marianski Lanze (CZ) on the 20th June.
1st Marco Belli, 2nd Steve Hall, 3rd Pete Boast, 4th Jan-Willem Jansen, 5th Tim Greig, 6th Halbe Scheper, 7th Henderik Mulder.
Team Suzuki Shorttrack partners include: Suzuki GB, Silkolene, Maxxis, Helmets4U, Shorttrack UK.