The long wait for racetrack action finally came to an end. While many racetracks are still doomed to hibernation due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the team manager of the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW and BMW Motorrad World Endurance Teams, Werner Daemen, and his team from the Motorsportschool Zolder were finally able to put asphalt under the tyres of the way too long unused BMW S 1000 RR.

Last Friday, motorcycles were used on the brand new asphalt of the race track in Zolder, Belgium for the first time since the worldwide lockdown. In compliance with the hygiene concept, the employees of the Motorsportschool Zolder and team members of Werner Daemen’s two racing teams rode their laps on the almost four-kilometer long circuit near Hasselt.

There was great joy on the faces of the participants, since they had to deal without racing and motorcycles for so long. With the easing of the curfew, it was finally possible to test the beautiful racing bikes again on the newly dressed racetrack.

However, the riders from the two teams were not yet able to participate because they could not come to Belgium due to the continuing travel restrictions. As soon as the borders in Europe are opened again, an official test with all three riders of the IDM – International German Motorcycle Championship team, Tim Eby (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Vladimir Leonov (RUS) will follow.

A test with the official riders of the EWC team is planned for mid-July at the Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans / France, where the next event of the season world championship will take place a month later on August 29th and 30th, with the 24-hour race of Le Mans. The team around the three riders Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Markus Reiterberger (GER) and Kenny Foray (FRA) currently occupy second place in the World Championship and are optimistic that they will be able to build on it in three months time.

Werner Daemen:
“The first rollout on the newly paved racetrack in Zolder felt incredibly good. It was great that we could test motorcycles. The team bikes are also ready for the 2020 season and are waiting to be used in the respective championships. In the IDM we will have to defend ourselves against riders such as Jonas Folger, Florian Alt, Bastien Mackels, but also Julian Puffe this year. But as already mentioned we are ready and the bikes are perfectly prepared. Now we hope that the situation in the world calms down quickly, that we all stay healthy and that we can continue our work very soon. “








Pictures: Luc Vervoort |