This weekend the champion of the shortened IDM season 2020 will be chosen.
The fourth and last event of the 2020 IDM season, shortened by the corona pandemic, will take place at the Hockenheimring in Germany from September 25 to 27. There are still two races to contest and then the German champion 2020 will be crowned. Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) will try to make it difficult for the current championship leader Jonas Folger (TEAM Bonovo Action by MGM Racing) in the two upcoming races. The 24-year-old likes the track in Baden-Württemberg and has already celebrated some good successes here. So his motivation is high to get precious metal for the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team again this year.
The two team mates, Vladimir Leonov (RUS) and Tim Eby (DEU), have also set their goals for the season finale high. Both were testing on the track before the start of the season. It did cost Eby part of his little finger due to an unfortunate crash during that test. The Black Forest native is looking forward to the track anyway and the weather conditions – which predict a lot of water for this weekend – do not matter to him. That doesn’t apply to Leonov, who basically doesn’t care what weather prevails, it just should stay constant. The Russian has clearly set himself the goal of being on the podium again this season after finishing third at the Sachsenring circuit earlier on.
The EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW Team riders are currently in second place (Ilya Mikhalchik), fifth (Vladimir Leonov) and 32nd (Tim Eby). Jonas Folger is 43 points ahead of Mikhalchik in first position. This weekend, for the first time this season, spectators will be admitted to the racetrack. They can cheer on the IDM field from the grand stands. However, access to the paddock will also be denied at the last IDM event in 2020. Tickets can be secured online via the racetrack website. And for all those who do not make it to the Hockenheimring in person, the much-celebrated live stream of the races will also be available next weekend. All other sessions can be followed via live timing on the series’ website www.idm.de.
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Ilya Mikhalchik # 1:
“I’m looking forward to the last race of the season at the Hockenheimring. I feel good after being home for a week and recovering. The last few months have been pretty packed. There was always something going on – races, tests and other events. Now I am relaxed and well prepared for the Hockenheimring. The track suits me. We already tested here in the preseason and the bike runs very well here. All the riders of the team were fast on this track and that’s very important to us. My goal is of course to fight at the top again. I will try to stay with Jonas and close the gap on him. The Yamaha works well on this track, but so does the BMW. I’ve been on the podium here many times in the past and that’s my goal again for this weekend. We will try to find a good set-up in order to be optimally prepared for the races.„
Tim Eby # 17:
“My goals and expectations for the coming weekend are similar to the usual. I hope that I can learn a lot again this weekend and that I personally will take another step. I will try again to be able to ride a little further up front. Apart from my accident here during the pre-season test, the bike is running very well on the track and we were also here to test again in between. The track can be quite tricky and there is also a corner where it is difficult to find the right braking point, but basically it suits me well. The weather forecast for the weekend looks like wet conditions, but I don’t really care. I like to ride in the wet, as well as in the dry. I’ll try to keep improving and to better my performance. Of course it would be awesome if I could take a point with me, that would be my goal. Some of the top riders are at the EWC’s 12-hour race in Estoril this weekend and there will be substitute riders who may not be as strong. But we will see.”
Vladimir Leonov # 65:
“I very much hope that the weather will remain stable. I don’t care whether it’s wet or dry, it would just be nice if the conditions didn’t change constantly. But you can’t influence that. The Hockenheimring is a special circuit and so has its pitfalls. In the first test in the preseason I felt quite comfortable here and it didn’t go that bad. I had a good feeling with the bike, but I still hope it will be a little bit better when we come back this weekend. I hope that we can finish the season with another podium, that would be very nice and that is entirely possible.”
Werner Daemen, Team Manager:
“We have now reached the last race of the season and of course the expectations for the Hockenheimring are high. The track should fit well, we’ve already run tests here and our riders performed very well there. I hope that Ilya can get closer to Jonas. Maybe he can even pass him once. Ilya delivered a very strong performance at the Lausitzring, so I think he can take on Jonas at the Hockenheimring. Vladimir was also very good at the second race at the Lausitzring and I think he is aiming for a podium finish here. It could be a good weekend for Tim too. He has already completed tests at the Hockenheimring and is steadily improving. I hope that he can again set a personal highlight this weekend at Hockenheim and that all three riders will finish this season well and are thus well prepared for the coming season.”