Team alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW confirms Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Julian Puffe (GER) for the 2019 IDM Superbike season. Team Principal Werner Daemen relies on the proven rider duo and on the new BMW S 1000 RR for the upcoming season.
Reigning IDM Superbike Champion Ilya Mikhalchik won nine out of 14 races in his rookie IDM season, securing six of seven pole positions. The goal remains the same for the new IDM season – only the title counts.
Julian Puffe, overall third in the IDM Superbike 2018, once again gets the chance to clinch his first victory in the highest German motorcycle championship with his alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW Team. The German celebrated the first pole position of his career at his home race in Schleiz and aims for higher goals in 2019.
Ilya Mikhalchik | IDM Superbike Champion 2018:
“I am very proud to be racing for my alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW team for another year. It was my first choice to stay with the team and I am sure to have a completive bike in the 2019 IDM Superbike season with the new S 1000 RR. Together we claimed the IDM crown and this remains the goal for the season to come. The sportive level in IDM is very high so I am expecting another tough challenge.”
“To be part of Werner Daemens team in 2019 makes me very happy. I am curious how the new bike will be like and to support the development is just awesome. I am working hard to convert the teams trust into good results. To make the maximum out of my performance it helps a lot that my 2018 crew stays by my side for the coming season. They did a great job and helped me to get stronger race by race. I recon we can build up on our 2018 experience right away.”
Werner Daemen | Team Principal:
“The preparations for the upcoming season are going very well and I am very happy that we have already reached an agreement with Ilya and Julian. Both riders have convinced me in the 2018 season and with the new S 1000 RR we have a significant task ahead of us. With our experience and the cooperation with BMW Motorrad, we hope to quickly build on this year’s performance. We have put together a good package and work highly motivated for the upcoming season.”