Team Suzuki Press Office – August 6.

Australian Jed Metcher scored his best result so far in the German IDM Superbike Championship’s Supersport class with a pair of fourth places aboard his Team Suzuki Mayer GSX-R600 at the weekend’s ‘Schleizer Dreieck’ fifth round.

The 23-year-old, who had the podium firmly in sight in race one, said: “I made a mistake on the penultimate lap in the chicane leading to the finish and that´s why I lost third place; I just couldn´t bounce back on the final lap."

In the second outing, Metcher was following the lead-group for the whole race and was even closer to a podium finish. He said: “It’s frustrating to miss out on a podium result, but I’m close to the front and if only one or two-tenths-of-a-second quicker and I’d fighting for the win."

Sarah Heide, who is competing for Team Suzuki Laux ADAC Sachsen, finished the first race in 12th place, collecting four points for the championship.

Top finisher in the IDM Superbike class was once again Roland Resch aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000 riding for Team RRRR Suzuki Racing. The Austrian ended inside the top-10 on both occasions. Resch finished race one in eighth place following problems with his gear-shift lever. Race two took Resch to ninth place after a heavy rain shower. The 28 year old said: "All-in-all the races were a lot of fun. We made the best out of our package, but unfortunately more wasn´t possible."

American Joshua Day enjoyed his debut at the HPC-Power Suzuki Racing Team after being signed by team principal Denis Hertrampf as the successor to British rider Barry Burrell; who has returned to British Superbikes. Day scored ninth and 11th positions; a decent start for the 24-year-old newcomer considering he had to get to grips with a new bike and new tyres. He will return at the next round at Sachsenring and is a strong candidate for the rest of the season and possibly 2014.

Marc Buchner followed in the footsteps of his new team mate, finishing in 10th and 12th-places respectively.

Nina Prinz did not compete in Schleiz, but the 30-year-old has scheduled another guest appearance at the penultimate IDM race at Hockenheim on September 22nd.

This follows the announcement of the new "Qatar International Road Racing Championship" dates - a series Prinz has been competing in since 2012.

Said Suzuki Racing Manager Thomas Hannecke: "The first race of the series will be on September 22nd, so we are now planning to have Nina as a guest starter at the next IDM round on September 8th at the Sachsenring."

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