Strong performances by EWC riders in the German Championship (IDM)
The final race of the Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft (IDM), which is the domestic German racing series open for all nationalities, came to a close last weekend. And it was a domination of EWC riders at the world famous Hockenheimring.
In the Superbike class, the wins were shared by Ilya Mikhalchik from Ukraine, and German wild card rider Marvin Fritz. Both races were decided on the last lap only.
Mikhalchik, who took third place with the #37 BMW Motorrad World Endurance team together with Julian Puffe and Kenny Foray a week before at the Bol d’Or, already had the second IDM title in a row in his pocket from the previous race at Assen. He was challenged hard for that first race victory by Belgian Bastien Mackels, who is a Endurance regular also.
The second race went to YART Yamaha rider Marvin Fritz, after he overtook Mikhalchik in a hard but fair manoeuvre at the last corner of the last lap. “It was my first sprint race in the past two years,” Fritz analysed.
Mikhalchik took the Championship, with Puffe – last year’s Bol d’Or winner of the Superstock category on the GERT56-BMW, in the runner-up position. Pepijn Bijsterbosch from the Netherlands, who had won the Bol Superstock the year before Puffe, took third overall in the IDM, with the reigning SRC Kawasaki World Champion Erwan Nigon finishing the championship in fourth on his Weber Motors Kawasaki Ninja, despite missing the Schleiz round due to the clash with the 8 hours of Suzuka.
Wandering around in the IDM paddock at Hockenheim, most of the decisions had been made prior to the weekend so the main talking point of the riders and teams not only were the 24 hours of Bol d’Or and the red flag situation there, but also the excitement raising for the 8 hours of Sepang in mid-December.