Rudersberg opens its arms to new Champions Bax and Stupelis in season Finale
There will be absolutely no pressure on Etienne Bax and Kaspars Stupelis when they arrive in Germany for the final round of the 2019 World Sidecar Motocross Championship. Last weekend at the Dardon Gueugnon circuit in France, they kept their collective cools, and recorded victory in race one, earning enough points to become Champions.
Even a retirement in race two could not undo the good work done, so they could begin the celebrations.
This popular German track, last used for a GP in 2017, was the scene of double victory for Bax that year, so there is every chance he and Kaspars will go out on a high, to round out the season.
Outgoing champions Marvin Vanluchene and Ben Van Den Bogaart are safely assured of runner-up spot in the title standings, but behind them there is still an awful lot to fight for.
Third position is the subject of dispute between Koen Hermans/Nicolas Musset and Arne Dierckens/Robbie Bax. The young Belgian Dierckens used Andres Haller in France, and could well repeat that, given that Robbie Bax is probably still feeling his injuries.
A late decision will see one or the other do the honours alongside Dierckens.
Hermans needs two solid rides to secure third place, so hopefully he will deliver just that.
Stuart Brown and Josh Chamberlain are guaranteed fifth, but are mathematically poised to secure fourth if Dierckens does not ride well. Just nineteen points separate those two crews, so that is where the interest and focus will be.
But for Stuart Brown's sluggish start to the season, he and Josh could well be in a familiar third place. Consistency and strong rides later in the season have seen them recover to where they sit.
Next up we see a vast improvement in the fortunes of Zeno Compalati and Bastien Chopin. This Italian/French couple are just eighteen points behind sixth place Kert Varik and Lauris Daiders. The latter Estonian/Latvian duo have had more than their share of mechanical woes this year, so will be looking for a strong finish in Germany.
So the stage is set for all the crews to bow out on a brilliant, if eventful season, whilst the rumour-mill on potential parings for 2020 goes on.
The WSC team will be on the ground in Germany with our final LIVE coverage of 2019 courtesy of our ultra-modern outside broadcast facility, with full commentary over both days, and all the LIVE action from Rudersberg as it unfolds, with reports, newsfeeds, and the highlights show later in the week.
Stay with us here on fimsidecarcross.com for updates as they happen.
From Barry Nutley