Simo Kirssi is on a roll. The Finn has taken yet another win in the European Cross Country Championship (XCC), as he dominated round three of the Austrian Cross Country Championship (ACC) at Türnitz. The BMW Husqvarna Motorsport rider came from behind aboard his BMW G450X to control the two-hour moto.
Kirssi started with number twenty-one, following a late decision to participate. This meant having a not-so-favorable position on the grid. The Scandinavian nevertheless passed a bunch of riders immediately after the Le Mans-style start procedure. Kirssi came in fifth around the first corner, where he stayed until mid-race to study the track and his competition.
Once the 30-year-old European champ felt fully accustomed to the technical, woody and rather muddy Türnitz course, he started to twist the throttle a bit further and increase his speed. Once out in front, there was no stopping Kirssi and by the time the race was over, Simo had increased his lead to two minutes over second-placed challenger Markus Tischhart.
Simo Kirssi: “That was a fabulous race today – a real nice Enduro terrain with lots of difficulties included, pretty much like at all the ACC rounds. I needed to find a way to the front, but then I was able to ride my own race and control the field. Some of the root sections were extremely slippery, which was completely opposite to the German Cross Country round in Germany a fortnight ago, when the ground was rock-hard. This proves that my BMW works perfectly on all types of track.
“I’d like to add a special thanks to my brother Juho and everyone on the team – they’re all doing a fantastic job. This has been my fourth consecutive cross country victory and we’re back in Germany for a round at the beginning of July, so hopefully this winning streak will continue.”
ACC Rd. 3, Türnitz results
1. Simo Kirssi (FIN), BMW Husqvarna Motorsport, 21 laps
2. Markus Tischhart (AUT), KTM, 21
3. Daniel Stocker (AUT), KTM, 21
4. Rudi Pöschl (AUT), BMW, 21
5. Markus Auer (AUT), KTM, 20