It is “Race week” again and the International German Motorcycle Championship starts its second round next weekend. This time, for the first time this season, spectators will be able to cheer for the IDM starting field at the racetrack in Most in the Czech Republic. The riders of the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team are looking forward to it.

 

Championship leader Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) will not be present at the next round, as he is part of Werner Daemen’s EWC team, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, and will take part in the Le Mans 24-hour race of the World Endurance Championship. The remaining three riders Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NED), Tim Eby (GER) and Jan Mohr (AUT) will fight for more championship points for the Belgian team.

 

The racetrack in Most has been extensively renovated in the last few weeks for more than 15 million Czech crowns, as it is also the venue for the Superbike World Championship for the first time in August this year. Not only is an improved route waiting for the IDM riders, a new tarmac has also been put up and the run-off areas have been enlarged and renewed. The track now has a new FIM safety certificate, which also benefits the International German Championship. After the event at the Autodrom Most, the IDM will have a short summer break and will return on July 17th as part of the Truck GP at the Nürburgring in Germany.

 

The live stream of Radio Viktoria on the official channels of the championship (YouTube and Facebook) will report about the action from Most this weekend for all those who stay home again. Don’t miss to watch it!

Jan Mohr, #5:

I’m really looking forward to the weekend in Most. I like the track, it suits me pretty well. I’ve been there twice, once with the German Endurance Championship (DLC) and once we were there for testing. The track is really fun. I think we will do well. The plan is for us to pick up where we left off in qualifying at Oschersleben, because things went very well with the bike there. Unfortunately, the conditions in the race weren’t really comparable. I’m looking forward to meet the team and to being able to give full throttle again.

Tim Eby, #17:

Most is a very nice track and I’m really looking forward to the coming weekend. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to practice that much here in 2019, but I’m pretty relaxed. As always, I’ll do my best and keep trying to improve while having fun on the bike. In Oschersleben I was able to make some progress and in the second race I slipped just past the championship points. I hope that the positive trend will continue.

Pepijn Bijsterbosch, #55:

I have very good memories of Most. Two years ago I was on the podium there. My goal is to repeat that this year. We took a good step forward in Oschersleben with the BMW M 1000 RR. We have to build on that in Most and achieve a podium again with hard work. That is my very clear goal for the upcoming weekend.

Werner Daemen, Team Manager:

We have always done well in Most so far. Unfortunately, Ilya cannot take part this time because he will start in the endurance race. I would have liked to have avoided that, but the appointments are on the same weekend and unfortunately this is not possible under the current regulations. Still, I am confident that we will do well in Most. The bikes are well prepared and Pepijn was on the podium here two years ago. I think that he can be at the forefront again this year. In Oschersleben, Jan was also very good in the dry with 1’26 times. Tim was also able to keep up quite well under the difficult conditions in Oschersleben. We know that our motorcycles have what it takes for top placements. I hope that the guys get through without crashing and that they will get good results. I will follow everything from Le Mans and keep my fingers crossed for all of them.