Gracious weather god at the IDM event on the TT Circuit Assen
The weekend of the sixth event of the IDM International German Motorcycle Championship at the TT Circuit in Assen in the Netherlands was a complete success for the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team, because regular rider Ilya Mikhalchik dominated this weekend and returned to the top of the championship. The Ukrainian was already in first position in all sessions in Friday’s practices and continued to do so on Saturday in both sessions on qualifying day. The first race was stopped on Sunday due to an accident and restarted in a shortened form, but the 25-year-old led the remaining nine laps and won confidently ahead of Florian Alt (GER) and Valentin Debise (FRA).
In the second race, Ilya was clearly in his own class and set the tone right through to the finish. This is the Ukrainian’s first double victory since the Assen round in 2019. With these two victories and an accident-related step out of his main competitor Dominic Schmitter, Mikhalchik is now back in the lead of the IDM 2021 with 30 points ahead of the Frenchman Valentin Debise.
The local hero Pepijn Bijsterbosch unfortunately did not have such a good weekend, because Friday the 13th lived up to its reputation for him. After only a few laps he had to return to the pits with his BMW M 1000 RR because there were technical problems that prevented him from using the remaining time of the first free practice. He finished the remaining sessions in the midfield. In the first race, the Dutchman finished 13th and secured valuable championship points, even if he tended to secure himself a podium place for his home race with a large number of home spectators and a fan base who came especially to support him both from the stands and from the paddock. The 13 remained loyal to him in race two and was also his position when he crossed the finish line.
The Austrian Jan Mohr, whose home race will be the next event on the IDM calendar at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, arrived at the Dutch racetrack in Drehnte motivated, but it was difficult for him to get the right feeling for his bike and to build up his originally good feeling with the BMW M 1000 RR and so he too could only fight his way into the good midfield. This is definitely not something the ambitious 23-year-old is satisfied with. In the first race he only managed to get 15th. Race two he finished in 12th position with a much better feeling that he wants to build on for his home race, the last weekend in August to attack the top five again.
Tim Eby, who was able to improve during the practice days on the weekend and was very satisfied with the feeling with his bike up to the second qualifying, was unfortunately unable to build on this feeling in the second qualifying on Saturday due to a lack of confidence. The warm-up on Sunday went really well and so the German started the first race with great motivation. Already in the sighting lap Eby had problems with the bike, which started to stutter. This then intensified in the warm-up lap and shortly after the start of the first race it got so strong that he had to finish the race and return to the pits. Race two went much better and he finished 17th.
The next round of the IDM is at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg in Austria from August 27th to 29th. You can find information and the results of the series at www.idm.de.