CAS Honda's Gordon Crockard returned to action and climbed to the podium on Sunday, taking a magnificent second place to World Champion Mickael Pichon (Suzuki) at the Grand Prix Of Europe staged at Teutschenthal in Germany. The Ulsterman finished the 35-minute plus two-lap race with blood soaked gloves, but never gave up after grabbing the hole shot. Despite being pushed out during the opening lap he fought back to challenge Pichon for the lead continually throughout the race.
Crockard, riding the Honda 450F four-stroke machine, is currently lying in 6th position, 35 points behind leader Pichon. The Suzuki ace has won all three grand prix's this season, but this was the only circuit that he was beaten on last year. Crockard returned to the saddle after a start crash at the previous round in Holland where he dislocated his shoulder. He only got back on an MX bike two days before the German Grand Prix, round 3 of the 12-round world series.
Crockard said later, "I took the hole shot in front of Pichon and I was over the moon with that but after two table top jumps Brian Jorgensen came by me and was blocking my path, he was all over the place. In my head he is not a contender to win the championship so I knew I had to get around quick, he really got in my way and started to hold me up. I could see Pichon starting to pull away, I didn't want that to happen as I knew it would be even harder to catch him. It took me three laps, three laps too long to get by Jorgensen and then I had to push even harder to pull back Pichon's lead."