Werner Daemen completes his riders line-up for the 2017 SUPERBIKE*IDM season with 16- year old Arnaud Friedrich from Germany. The talented rider already competed last year in the superstock category with a special permission due to his young age and steps up to the number one BMW Motorrad Motorsport customer racing team in SUPERBIKE*IDM.
16-year old Arnaud Friedrich will compete his second season in SUPERBIKE*IDM together with Werner Daemens team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW. Friedrich, who won the 2013 ADAC Junior Cup and achieved overall P5 in the 2015 Yamaha-R6-Dunlop Cup, had a good debut season last year together with Rico Penzkofer (Team Penz13) in the Superstock category. Even if he was to young to take part he was awarded with a special permission by the german Motorsport federation and had a solid debut season with P14 overall and a personal best P6 in Schleiz.
Thanks to the long term cooperation between Damen and Penzkofer, Arnaud Friedrich will race the 2017 season with Van Zon-Remeha-BMW on a factory supported BMW S 1000 RR.
Beside the already commited riders Trautmann, De Boer and Bühn, Team Manager Daemen supports once again a talented young rider.
Werner Daemen | Team Manager Van Zon-Remeha-BMW
“I noticed Arnaud because of my friend Rico Penzkofer. I also have the opinion, that Arnaud is very talented and achieved already remarkable steps. We want to support him with a professional team structure so he can develop without any pressure. With only 16 years of age he has great potential. As a young rider you need a lot of track time and an experienced crew so he can focus on improving his riding. We will do all we can to provide him with the best environment we can offer.”
Rico Penzkofer | Team Manager Penz13.com
“Back in the days I was racing with André Friedrich – Arnauds father. He was a good guy and that ́s when I met Arnaud as a kid. Due to his body height he had to step up to 1000cc last year and we supported him in IDM Superstock as much as we could. But with our Road Racing activites in 2017 we ́re not able to care for him as much as we wanted to. And he had to step up to a higher level. So we made contact with the best option in IDM – with Werner Daemen. Arnaud ist he youngest rider in IDM with a huge potential. So he needs the best possible environment. I am absolutely convinced by Arnauds abilities and potential – he already achieved great results for his age. So we ́re curious what he ́s doing next.”
Arnaud Friedrich | Van Zon-Remeha-BMW
“I am very happy to be part of the best team in SUPERBIKE*IDM. I guess I can learn a lot from my experienced team mates but also from Werner Daemen –who was a successful racer himself. I heard about the great atmosphere in the team and the professional work they do. My goals for the season ist o do the best I can and set highlights against my expected strong
competitors. Right now I train for a profession as mechatronics technican and thanks to my Boss I can attend every training session and all races without a problem. Thats a perfect condition fort he upcoming season. I also want to express my appreciation for Werner Daemen and Rico Penzkofer for their trust and support. I hope to give back a lot during the SUPERBIKE*IDM season.”