Penultimate round of the 2020 IDM season at the Lausitzring

The EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team and the team’s three riders, Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Tim Eby (GER) and Vladimir Leonov (RUS), only had two days to relax after the eventful second round of the International German Championship at the Sachsenring circuit last Monday and Tuesday. The third and penultimate stop of the championship for the 2020 season will take place this weekend at the Lausitzring in Germany.

The Lausitzring is a track that suits the team well. Ilya Mikhalchik in particular has achieved great results here in the past, with one win in each of the last two years. He likes the track, it’s one of his favorites on the IDM calendar. Vladimir Leonov had already ridden on the 4.5 km long circuit at the beginning of his career and will get used to the track again during the practice sessions on Friday. But also Tim Eby is highly motivated for the weekend at the Lausitzring, as he was the only one of the three riders who was able to do tests here during the preseason and prepare well for the third round of the IDM. If his injury doesn’t thwart his plans, expectations for the coming weekend are high.

Due to the ongoing corona situation, this event will also take place again without spectators. A well thought-out hygiene concept of Motorpresse Stuttgart, as the series manager and organizer of the championship, makes it possible to have an IDM season 2020. The teams and riders of the International German Championship are very grateful for this. In order to enable the spectators to also get a piece of the pie, a very comprehensive, free of charge reporting has been set up and so all races can be viewed again on this Sunday via the live stream, which is available on the IDM website, the series’ Facebook channel and on YouTube. We expect exciting races and fair action at the Lausitzring again.

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Ilya Mikhalchik # 1:

“I am looking forward to the weekend. I know the track, it is one of my favorites on the IDM calendar. I have already achieved very good results here in the past. The course suits my riding style. We have to see how the bike works this weekend and find a good set-up for it. I’m ready to fight for pole position and for the podium again in the races. As always, my motto is “Ride and Enjoy” – it means to ride and have fun doing it. And I will also do that again at the Lausitzring.„

Tim Eby # 17:

“I’m looking forward to the Lausitzring. I was able to test here in the preseason so I hope that I can set good times straight away and that we will set up the bike well. After the two days at the Sachsenring circuit, I can already feel my hand injury quite clearly. I hope I don’t get any problems with it. In any case, I am highly motivated and look forward to learning a lot again at the Lausitzring and to compete in exciting fights again during the races, as was the case recently at the Sachsenring circuit.„

Vladimir Leonov # 65:

“I hope that the weather will play along at the Lausitzring. I was very happy with the excellent cooperation in the team at the Sachsenring and I hope that we will do such a good job again this weekend. All of the mechanics and Ilya and I worked together to find a good set up for the bike and I really enjoyed that. I can’t remember the track that well. It’s been a long time since I rode here. That was at the beginning of my career. I hope I will get along well. There are still a few little things that I would like to work on in practice, but then I’ll be well prepared for the races on Sunday.„

Werner Daemen, Team Manager:

“We know the track well and I expect fewer initial problems here. Everything was new to us at the Sachsenring circuit and we had to try a lot until it worked. I see Jonas (Folger) as the favorite again here and hope that we can keep up with him again this time. You can see that Jonas feels very comfortable on his bike. But Ilya, Vladimir and Tim were very motivated at the Sachsenring in the last race and all three races were strong. I think they are not that far away. The Lausitzring suits our BMW S 1000 RR very well. The set-up at the Sachsenring was difficult because we’ve never been there before, but here we know what to expect. I have a good feeling about this weekend and am looking forward to the action.”