IDM to start the 2021 season in Oschersleben
Next weekend it finally starts again. The International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) will start the new season in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in Germany. After the cancellation of the first two events on the IDM calendar without replacement, the teams and riders are finally looking forward to achieve their first kilometers in the championship on the legendary course, which is usually known as the venue for the so-called German Speedweek. This year the IDM will contest the event on the 3.6 km long race track but without the World Endurance Championship.
For the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team it is the first official event with all four riders of this season. Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Tim Eby (GER), Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NED) and Jan Mohr (AUT) were able to team up in two tests in Spain during the winter. Since then, apart from a small test with Bijsterbosch on the Circuit Zolder, the engines have been silent. The anticipation is great that the expanded team around Team Manager Werner Daemen is finally coming together for the first event.
The expectations for the season are high and the hope rests on the two-time German champion Ilya Mikhalchik, who has been preparing intensively for the start with the new BMW M 1000 RR bike from the Bavarian engine factory in the past few weeks. But Pepijn Bijsterbosch and newcomer Jan Mohr are also clear contenders for podium places. Tim Eby will improve on board of the BMW S 1000 RR, fortunately without injuries this year and as fit as never before. The EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team looks towards the new season with high expectations and with confidence.
Here is the complete calendar for the IDM season 2021. The organizers reserve the right to make changes due to the ongoing corona pandemic:
21/05 – 23/05 Motorsportarena Oschersleben, Germany
11/06 – 13/06 Autodromo Most, Czech Republic
16/07 – 18/07 Truck GP Nürburgring, Germany
23/07 – 25/07 Schleizer Dreieck, Germany
13/08 – 15/08 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands
27/08 – 29/08 Red Bull Ring, Austria
24/09 – 26/09 Hockenheimring, Germany
Jan Mohr, # 5:
For the last ten weeks, but especially the last three weeks, I have done very intensive training and trained hard for around 25 hours a week. I also prepared myself mentally for the first round, for example with visualization training. I memorized the track in detail and went through important processes in order to be optimally prepared. I can’t judge the other riders that well yet, but I’m sure that the level will be very high. My clear goal is of course to do my best and then we’ll just see where I am. I clearly want to be part of the fight for the top positions and will try to assert myself there. But that has to go step by step. I think we are very well positioned. For me, Ilya is clearly the title favorite! If you want the title, you have to get past it. But Pepijn will also fight for the podium. In general, my teammates are very fit and in a good shape, especially Tim. He trains very hard. I’m looking forward to my new team and the season and can’t wait for it to finally start.
Tim Eby, # 17:
I can now hardly assess how much the other riders in the championship have tested over the winter. Unfortunately, I don’t have that much training experience myself and that will be noticeable. It’s a shame, but unfortunately there was no other way. Nevertheless, I feel well prepared and I’m really looking forward to the start of the season. I’ll just try to enjoy the time, ride fast and have fun. That’s my priority. We will see what is possible from there. The weather is not that important. It’s supposed to rain next weekend. But last year in Oschersleben I took part in an Endurance race in the rain for six hours and I think that I’m well prepared for that too. I will try to improve and learn and then we’ll see what happens.
Ilya Mikhalchik, # 37:
I’m looking forward to the first races of the season. Fortunately, we’re not starting as late as last year and it also seems like we can pull through the season almost completely. It’s good! I’m happy about that. Last year it was a very short season and we didn’t have that many options. In the last few weeks I have prepared myself very intensively for the season with a wide variety of training bikes and training options and I am ready. Many riders of the IDM grid have tested a lot over the winter, including on some of the tracks that we will be competing on this year. We also had two really good tests with the team in Spain. We continued to work on the BMW M 1000 RR to bring the bike to the top and I really enjoyed the work. Now I’m looking forward to the start of the season in Oschersleben and I wish us all good races.
Pepijn Bijsterbosch, # 55:
My expectations for the new season are very high. My goal is to fight for podium places. The competition is sure to be tough. There are a lot of strong riders, including my team-mates. I expect tough fights in Oschersleben and for the rest of the season. I feel well prepared for the season and only had a little test at the Circuit Zolder last week. Everything went great. I am ready and am looking forward to finally being able to start working.
Werner Daemen, Team Manager:
I expect a good season. With the new M-Bike from BMW, we have a very good motorcycle. All four riders have the potential to achieve good results. Ilya clearly has to fight for the championship, there is no getting around it. Pepijn is also always part of the management group and always delivers highlights and I expect that from him this year too, that he brings us a few highlights during the season. Jan is a very talented rider, but he is still very young. It will take him a while to find his place on such a big team. But you shouldn’t underestimate him. He is clearly able to be with the front runners and achieve good results. I expect Tim to keep improving. Last season you could see his performance go up and I am confident that he will continue this trend in 2021. Technically, we’ve put together a really good team and I hope we’ll fight for the championship again this year.