Meredith Michael-Beerbaum wins the second qualifying for the MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER

Stuttgart – “MMB” and Checkmate secured the win in Friday’s Prize of the DIW Instandhaltung Ltd. & Co. KG, the second qualifying competition for the MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER later in the evening. Riding in front of a 6,100 crowd in the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum went clear in 57.46 seconds to finish ahead of the European Champion Kevin Staut on Zeta de Hus. The Frenchman, also faultless, was 34 hundredth of a second slower (0/57.80). In third place was another Frenchman - Patrice Delaveau aboard Ornella Mail (0/57.84). The 45-year-old won the coveted MERCEDES GERMAN MASTERS title last year and the Mercedes car that went with it.

The three above mentioned riders have all qualified for the highlight on Friday evening as have Marcus Ehning (GER), Albert Zoer (NED), Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), Lauren Hough (USA), Marc Houtzager (NED), Denis Lynch (IRE), Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP), Pius Schwizer (SUI) and Daniel Deusser (GER). Only the top 12 riders from the two preliminary classes are qualified to compete in the MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER.