The Berlin Six Day 2012 and Jackie summed it up best when I asked if he’d slept well; ‘yeah, but just not long enough!

But Dirk had a take on it too; ‘why can’t we just go straight from Saturday to Monday?

There’s always a down beat Johnny Cash kind of vibe to Sunday afternoons sessions; ‘the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more for dessert.’

But once the shower blasts and the coffee blends, it’s not so bad.

Berlin Six Day 2012
Berlin 101.

We had a wine gum melt down and Kris had to go up above-ground to fetch a fresh bag from the camper — but we had to let them thaw, it’s well below freezing of an evening in Berlin.

Our wine gum shortage wasn’t helped by the likes of Leigh Howard helping himself — those GreenEdge guys!

Berlin Six Day 2012
A focused Leigh Howard. Oy, leave our sweeties alone!

We don’t sleep in the camper here, there’s no electrical hook up and it’s just too cold to sleep up there — minus seven on Monday morning, with the sun up.

It’s all a tad ‘Dr. Strangelove’ with concrete passages, huge doors, no windows and it’s really bad for the sinuses — I’ll not go into detail on that point.

Just as the chase started, old Guilaume Michiels threw a fit at his helpers; he’s 76 but built like some old Flemish bull.

Berlin Six Day 2012
Guillaume has hands like a bear and no one was giving him any back chat — Ed kept a discrete distance.

He was Merckx’s soigneur and accompanied Eddy to Mexico when he broke the hour record.

He’s not big on small talk and despite the fact that he’s being looking at me for six or seven years still eyes me with suspicion; ‘journaliste, eh?!

Berlin Six Day 2012
Silvan catches up on his emails in the press room.

At a time when most folks are reading the Sunday papers, the chase kicked off, 45 minutes — and it wasn’t the best.

Having said that, you never get death racing on a Sunday and it’s OK for me to lounge besides the banking whilst Jackie and Brad have to hold that whirling string.

The pace isn’t slow, but the track is big and wide and a 16 team field is lost, 20 would be better and perhaps a more balanced field — take a rider like Müller and put him with someone of good ability, don’t use him as the ‘taxi driver’.

He was strong in Bremen with Marc Hester.

Berlin Six Day 2012
Meyer towels down after a hard fought Derny win.

Which brings us on to Berlin being a ‘Dane free zone’ — the organisers didn’t let Alex Rasmussen ride due to his ‘whereabouts’ hassles.

They asked Michael Mørkøv if he’d like to ride, he replied; ‘only with Alex!

So no Alex or Michael and so by extension Marc Hester or Jesper Mørkøv — no comment from me, I have to get to the end of this race.

When you’re standing besides the banking and witness a Keisse/De Ketele change, it really is impressive; Iljo’s slings are one of the best on the track, catapulting Kenny into the fray like a rocket.

Berlin Six Day 2012
Marvulli’s exchanges with Dillier are pretty good too.

Derny time; the crowds love them, most riders don’t like them and people like me don’t even notice them anymore.

Franco rode the first 25 laps, then changed to Silvan — the younger man came in and launched into a rant in Swiss German about his ‘chauffeur’ and how he’d been screaming at him to speed up, but to no avail.

Franco hardly looked up from his 200th iPhone message of the day and shrugged his shoulders in a; ‘that’s the Dernys!’ kind of a way.

Berlin Six Day 2012
Business as usual – Franco with TV crews.

Party animal Martyn texted; ‘We got in at 07:30 this morning, ouch!

You have to respect that.

Berlin Six Day 2012
Jens Fiedler is in the house.

Robert Fostermann won the flying lap and was presented with is flowers by an elderly and slightly eccentric looking gentleman who’s apparently a millionaire and made his money in pornography — just to keep the nice ‘family Sunday’ theme going, you understand.

One of the staff told me, with some admiration; ‘when he is young, he is the playboy, you understand?

I nodded my approval, but again, no comment from me.

Berlin Six Day 2012
Another shot of Forstermann’s legs. Unreal, eh?
Berlin Six Day 2012
Marvulli leads Bengsch in another somewhat flat chase.

I hate to whinge but the 30 minute chase was another dead horse of a thing — maybe if you were in the stand it would be better to watch. It simply stopped rather than reaching any sort of climax.

Berlin Six Day 2012
Franco mingles.

At this point Messrs. Marvulli & Dillier departed the fold, their programme finished — meanwhile poor old Brad and Jackie (and Ed) had to wait for the last Derny some 80 minutes later.

Berlin Six Day 2012
World Womens’ Junior Road Race Champion Lucy Garner is here gaining experience.

There were sprinters’ and kids’ races then the stayers hammered out 80 laps of madness before it was time for the little motorbikes.

I pushed Jackie off but it seemed to take an age for the Dernys to get themselves sorted and the ‘1 lap’ board to go up.

Brad was fulsome in his praise of his driver; ‘he took me to the front, ripped the legs off me then eased me out the back!

Berlin Six Day 2012
Dirk pushes off for the Derny race.

And ‘damn!’ if the covers band weren’t playing another good tune as I descended into the bowels of the Berlin subsoil; Slade’s ‘Far, far away’.

Berlin Six Day 2012
Iljo’s driver probably does what he’s supposed to.

Still, we’ve got an early finish, no rushed grub in the kitchen, maybe two beers instead of one and no alarm to set.

Mustn’t grumble — and I might even get out in the daylight, tomorrow.

Berlin Six Day 2012
The band take a well-earned (requested?) break.

Berlin Six Day - Results from Day Four

30 Min. Mannschaftsfahren

1. Nr. 10 GRAF / MüLLER 6 Pkt. 20
2. Nr. 14 MATZKA / REINHARDT 5 Pkt. 12
3. Nr. 15 RATAJCZYK / AESCHBACH 5 Pkt. 10
4. Nr. 7 STAM / BLAHA 2 Pkt. 8
@ 1 Lap
5. Nr. 8 BARTH / MOHS 3 Pkt. 6
6. Nr. 5 BOMMEL / MERTENS 1 Pkt. 4
7. Nr. 1 HOWARD / MEYER
7. Nr. 2 LAMPATER / KLUGE
7. Nr. 3 MARVULLI / DILLIER
7. Nr. 4 KEISSE / DE KETELE
7. Nr. 6 SCHRöDER / THöMEL
7. Nr. 9 BENGSCH / KALZ
7. Nr. 12 MASOTTI / CICCONE
7. Nr. 13 HUFF / SIMES

45. Min. Zweier- Mannschaftsfahren

1. Nr. 3 MARVULLI / DILLIER 13 Pkt. 20
2. Nr. 1 HOWARD / MEYER 11 Pkt. 12
@ 1 Laps
3. Nr. 9 BENGSCH / KALZ 3 Pkt. 1
4. Nr. 4 KEISSE / DE KETELE 3 Pkt.
5. Nr. 2 LAMPATER / KLUGE 2 Pkt.
6. Nr. 5 BOMMEL / MERTENS
7. Nr. 14 MATZKA / REINHARDT 1 Pkt.
@ 2 Laps
8. Nr. 7 STAM / BLAHA
8. Nr. 8 BARTH / MOHS
8. Nr. 10 GRAF / MüLLER
8. Nr. 15 RATAJCZYK / AESCHBACH
@ 3 Laps
12. Nr. 6 SCHRöDER / THöMEL
12. Nr. 12 MASOTTI / CICCONE
12. Nr. 13 HUFF / SIMES
@ 5 Laps
15. Nr. 16 KAIKOW / KRASNOW

Tagesergebnis

1. Nr. 9 BENGSCH / KALZ 10 Pkt.
2. Nr. 1 HOWARD / MEYER 5 Pkt.
2. Nr. 3 MARVULLI / DILLIER 5 Pkt.
2. Nr. 14 MATZKA / REINHARDT 5 Pkt.
2. Nr. 16 KAIKOW / KRASNOW 5 Pkt.
6. Nr. 5 BOMMEL / MERTENS 3 Pkt.
6. Nr. 6 SCHRöDER / THöMEL 3 Pkt.
6. Nr. 7 STAM / BLAHA 3 Pkt.
6. Nr. 8 BARTH / MOHS 3 Pkt.
6. Nr. 12 MASOTTI / CICCONE 3 Pkt.
6. Nr. 15 RATAJCZYK / AESCHBACH 3 Pkt.
12. Nr. 2 LAMPATER / KLUGE 2 Pkt.
12. Nr. 4 KEISSE / DE KETELE 2 Pkt.
12. Nr. 10 GRAF / MüLLER 2 Pkt.
15. Nr. 13 HUFF / SIMES 1 Pkt.

Mannschaftsausscheidungfahren

1. Nr. 15 RATAJCZYK / AESCHBACH 20 Pkt.
2. Nr. 7 STAM / BLAHA 12 Pkt.
3. Nr. 8 BARTH / MOHS 10 Pkt.
4. Nr. 5 BOMMEL / MERTENS 8 Pkt.
5. Nr. 13 HUFF / SIMES 6 Pkt.
6. Nr. 12 MASOTTI / CICCONE 4 Pkt.
7. Nr. 9 BENGSCH / KALZ
8. Nr. 16 KAIKOW / KRASNOW
9. Nr. 10 GRAF / MüLLER
10. Nr. 4 KEISSE / DE KETELE
11. Nr. 1 HOWARD / MEYER
12. Nr. 2 LAMPATER / KLUGE
13. Nr. 3 MARVULLI / DILLIER
14. Nr. 14 MATZKA / REINHARDT
15. Nr. 6 SCHRöDER / THöMEL

Derny 1

1. Nr. 1 HOWARD / MEYER 10 Pkt.
2. Nr. 4 KEISSE / DE KETELE 8 Pkt.
3. Nr. 3 MARVULLI / DILLIER 6 Pkt.
4. Nr. 2 LAMPATER / KLUGE 4 Pkt.
5. Nr. 10 GRAF / MüLLER 2 Pkt.
6. Nr. 9 BENGSCH / KALZ
7. Nr. 8 BARTH / MOHS
8. Nr. 5 BOMMEL / MERTENS

Derny 2

1. Nr. 15 RATAJCZYK / AESCHBACH 10 Pkt.
2. Nr. 7 STAM / BLAHA 8 Pkt.
3. Nr. 12 MASOTTI / CICCONE 6 Pkt.
4. Nr. 6 SCHRöDER / THöMEL 4 Pkt.
5. Nr. 13 HUFF / SIMES 2 Pkt.
6. Nr. 16 KAIKOW / KRASNOW
7. Nr. 14 MATZKA / REINHARDT

Berlin SIx Day - Standings after Day Four

1. Nr. 3 MARVULLI / DILLIER 31 Pkt.
2. Nr. 1 HOWARD / MEYER 27 Pkt.
@ 1 Lap
3. Nr. 15 RATAJCZYK / AESCHBACH 43 Pkt.
4. Nr. 7 STAM / BLAHA 31 Pkt.
5. Nr. 10 GRAF / MüLLER 24 Pkt.
6. Nr. 9 BENGSCH / KALZ 20 Pkt.
7. Nr. 5 BOMMEL / MERTENS 19 Pkt.
8. Nr. 4 KEISSE / DE KETELE 18 Pkt.
9. Nr. 14 MATZKA / REINHARDT 17 Pkt.
10. Nr. 2 LAMPATER / KLUGE 12 Pkt.
@ 2 Laps
11. Nr. 8 BARTH / MOHS 19 Pkt.
@ 3 Laps
12. Nr. 12 MASOTTI / CICCONE 13 Pkt.
13. Nr. 13 HUFF / SIMES 9 Pkt.
14. Nr. 6 SCHRöDER / THöMEL 7 Pkt.
@ 5 Laps
15. Nr. 16 KAIKOW / KRASNOW 5 Pkt.
Berlin Six Day 2012
Lampater has a GoPro Hero camcorder on his bike.