It was definitely not a good meeting for French rider. Dimitri Berge was 12th in the first round of EKO-DIR FIM Speedway U21 World Championship 2017, which took place in Poznań. Rider from Marmande got the engine's failure twice, while standing under a tape.
Berge was a revelation of last year's Individual Speedway Junior World Championship. After his win in Pardubice, French was one of the candidates to reach a medal of juniors' rivalry, however ended the series ranked in 6th position overall.
This year, expectation towards a rider, who's having his last year among the juniors, are quite high. In Poznań, however, Berge had equipment's issues, which made him be unable to fight for points on the track.
- This was not "my" meeting. In my two first starts, I wasn't even able to race one lap. Started from a broken chain and in the second start, bike just didn't want to ride. I lost a lot of points and a chance to adjust to this track and because of lack of the practice session, it was even harder to fit. I was trying the best I could, but didn't feel comfortable on a bike. I hope that next time, it'll be better - Berge said.
Second round of the world's best juniors rivalry will take place in 6 weeks on a specific track in Güstrow.
- I do like this track, I've been there couple times. I hope I'll get many points and will be able to fight for the podium - French added.
One year back, in the first round of the series, which took place in English King's Lynn, Dimitri Berge was in quite similar situation. Then, in the 2nd round, he had a great performance and won the meeting in Pardubice.
- It's still far till the end. I want to get as many points as possible and end the tournament as high as I'll be able to - Berge ended.