This weekend, from May 8th to 10th, would have been the start of the season for the IDM – International German Championship – and the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team would also have been available for the first time in a new constellation.
However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SBK1000 run as part of the Sachsenring Classics at the Sachsenring circuit, the entire IDM weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg/Austria and the German Speedweek, in Oschersleben, where the IDM and Endurance World Championship would have met, were canceled. It was only last week that the two legendary IDM events, the Truck Grand Prix on the Nürburgring and the IDM round on the Schleizer Dreieck, had to be canceled too. Nevertheless, the organizers of the IDM are working at full speed to find alternative dates and race tracks on which championship races are to be held on at least three weekends. Together with the authorities, the circuit operators and organizers, the conditions under which the events can take place are further examined. The organizers of the championship would of course be very happy if spectators also travel to the race tracks, but could also live with races without spectators, if that happen to be necessary. If no spectators are allowed on site, the plan is to broadcast a live stream of the races.
The corona measures in Germany are currently being eased in some areas and it can therefore be assumed that there will be news about the planned IDM appointments soon.
But what are the main players in the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team doing at the moment? The reigning German champion Ilya Mikhalchik had trained hard for his first assignment on the BMW S 1000 RR this year. He and his family are in his hometown Kiev, Ukraine. The situation there is similar to the rest of the world. Ilya adheres to the contact restrictions, but continues to train. He is currently just a little bit less stressed about it than before. “I am at home most of the time and do not train every day anymore, I have reduced my training a bit. I am trying to spend the new free time with my family. Normally I wouldn’t be here at this moment and would be traveling a lot. I am very happy that everyone in my family is healthy and I hope it stays that way, ”says the 23-year-old.
Tim Eby, who was engaged with EGS Moto Racing last year, also used winter to prepare for his second season in the series. And if you follow him on the platforms of social networks, you can see that the 26-year-old from Blumberg, Germany is working very hard on his fitness. Last year he scored a total of nine points on his first assignment in the SBK 1000 class. Of course, the youngster from Baden-Württemberg had set higher goals for 2020 and is working hard to be able to achieve them this year. “My expectations are not unrealistic. I’ve had tests with the new bike and it was really fun, but I don’t think I can tear out trees. I want to set realistic goals and I just hope that I will get better and be ahead of the game than last year. I find it very motivating to be in a team with Ilya and Vladimir and hope that I will learn a lot from the two professionals. We’ll see how and when to continue. I just hope that we can ride the motorcycle again this year. ”
33-year-old Russian Vladimir Leonov is new to the field. But he is also not an unknown face in racing. He even was able to sniff some “MotoGP air” in 2009 and 2010, when he participated in the 250cc and Moto2 class. In the last few years he has been an integral part of the Supersport and Superbike World Championships and, as the oldest rider in the team, has a certain amount of experience. But also Vladimir has to be patient until he can ride on a racing machine again. “Even here in Russia everything stopped. It is really a very strange situation at the moment. I am bored at home and had to quarantine after my return from the last tests. I had enough time and started training again to prepare for the season. For this I use a workshop very close to where I live. I can train extensively there. I hope that the season will start soon and that we can finally get back on our bikes, ”concludes Leonov.
We hope that there will be positive news soon. Until then, we all have to be patient. Stay healthy!