alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW completes successful seven days of testing in Spain. Illia Mykhalchyk (UKR), Julian Puffe (GER) and Christof Höfer (GER) confirm the expectations of team principal Werner Daemen.

The IDM season 2018 is upon its way and with the two test events in Alcarràs and Almeria the direction for the IDM squad has been set.

Tire manufacturer Pirelli, who is the sole supplier of the series in this IDM season, has invited to the racetrack in Alcarràs (ESP) to test the new tire compounds. The team led by Werner Daemen used the four days of testing to get a good setup for each of the three new riders on their BMW S 1000 RR. New signing Illia Mykhalchyk led the timesheet at the end of the official Pirelli test against strong international competition.

Together with Motorsportschool Zolder, the close partner of the alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW Team, it went for four days on the Circuito Andalucia in Almeria (ESP). The event at the recently opened racetrack next to the Circuito de Almeria served also for the team’s Superstock section as a test ground. In addition to the fine-tuning of the setup, the racers were also on hand for the customers of Motorsport School Zolder.

The IDM season starts on April 23rd with the official opening training in Oschersleben before starting the first IDM event from April 27th to 29th.


Werner Daemen (BEL; Team principal alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW)

„I am very satisfied with the performance of our new formed IDM riders. Illia had the fastest lap time in Alcarras and had a good pace at the Circuit Andalusia. Julian is more of a restrained guy, but showed me he has the talent to be in the front positions. Chris has also improved in the course of the tests and I am sure that we will compete in Oschersleben for all three riders with a good package. We have a new and young team that has prepared well during the tests. Our goal is the IDM Top 3 – it’s going to be a tough season, but we do not have to hide.“


Illia Mykhalchyk (UKR; IDM alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW)

„I am very happy with the two tests. Although the Andalusia racetrack does not suit my riding style, we also had the necessary speed there. The team has done very well and the S 1000 RR is the best bike I have ever ridden. I felt very comfortable from the first lap. Over the last few days, I could guess the potential of the team and the bike – I’m really looking forward to the first race.“


Julian Puffe (GER; IDM alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW)

„The IDM is a new chapter for me. During the test days I tried to do as many laps as possible and was able to improve day by day. I was also very happy with my lap times. So the IDM kick-off in Oschersleben can come.“


Christof Höfer (GER; IDM alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW)

„After the seven days of testing there was something of all emotions. I have learned a lot and hope to be even better prepared for the IDM season kickoff. In the highly competitive IDM field, I’m aiming for the top 15, which will not be an easy task.“


Calendar IDM Superbike 1000

23.-25. April: Training Oschersleben

27.-29. April: Oschersleben

07.-10. June: Speedweek Oschersleben (Superbike 1000)

06.-08. July: Zolder/BEL

27.-29. July: Schleiz

24.-26. August: Lausitzring

07.-09. September: Assen/NED

28.-30. September: Hockenheim


Julian Puffe (Credit Iurii Mykhalchyk)


Illia Mykhalchyk (Credit Iurii Mykhalchyk)


Christof Höfer (Credits