After an exciting weekend at the Lausitzring, where the International German Championship IDM took part in the supporting program of the World Superbike in the middle of August, Team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW by the Belgian team-boss Werner Daemen had only a very short racing break and there was not much time to relax. Last weekend in the Motorsportarena Oschersleben, the IDM Superbike program continued. On board Markus Reiterberger (D), who not only had an impressive performance at the Lausitzring as a wildcard pilot in the Superbike World Championship, including a top ten result, but also won another double victory and secured the IDM Superbike Title. Jan Bühn (D) and Danny de Boer (NL), both still with the best chances for the IDM Vize championship, and Arnaud Friedrich (D), the youngest participants in the field at the age of 17.

Markus Reiterberger had more than 140 laps on the Lausitzring during his WorldSBK-IDM double start. And after a two year break – IDM starts again at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. Reiterberger didn´t even look at the weather forecast. “I’ve been getting rid of it for a long time,” he says. “That just makes you crazy. But I can relax in the rain. We already had a rain race in which it went well and in Assen I also had a super rain training. »

But the whole Saturday remained dry and Reiterberger spoiled himself and his team with the pole position, the victory in the first race and the fastest race lap. The BMW ride achieved a start-finish victory, celebrating his tenth victory in a row. “We were already testing in Oschersleben beforehand,” he described after the victory. “I was already fast from the start. My bike was even faster, just fascinating. For that I am really grateful. We had to change after the free trainings almost nothing and I am proud to make a 1.24-time in the Qualifyings. Now I am really back on the same level as before my crash last year. »

On Sunday afternoon Reiterberger then moved on to the second run and also grabbed the victory, again with a little over ten seconds ahead. “It does not get boring there,” assured the series winner. “We took another step forward and I also had better traction than in the first race. I´m happy about my constant race pace and I set myself a goal of 1.25-times. Accomplished. ”

FW-Fotografie & Design // Foto Felix Wiessmann

FW-Fotografie & Design // Foto Felix Wiessmann

Danny de Boer had not been able to compete at the Lausitzring. Six laps the Dutchman had struggled there in free practice. But it did not work, he had to give up on health problems. A doctor’s tour in the end brought light into the dark. “After tests in the hospital, I found out that I am suffering from glandular fever,” explains de Boer, “and that I have infected with Borrelia. The borrelia, which are transmitted mostly by ticks, may have been years old. I’m training a lot in the forest, so thereßs a chance I got it there. I’m extremely tired and extremely exhausted. “However, the Dutchman bravely achieved the third place in Qualifying after his team-mate Reiterberger and Bühn. A few hours later already the first race. De Boer got a good start and the field quickly sorted out. Behind Bühn he took his laps and was spared from attacks by his back rider. He achieved an impressive P3 finish but was to weak after the race to get tot he podium. His personal battery was empty and the Dutchman came down from the motorbike with the help of his mechanics.

In the second race, Danny de Boer continued to climb up. With a very good start the Dutchman was able to push to second place, rode right out at the beginning a two seconds ahead and was thus able to stay out of energy-consuming fights. Afterwards, the energy was enough for the podium, which de Boer enjoyed while sitting.

“I do not know how I did it,” he mused. “But the team did a great job and I could give them back with the podium places. Especially the last six, seven laps were very hard, but I got it. The fight for second place in the championship gave me one more extra motivation. The vice title is my goal, and there is still everything in it. ”

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01.-03.09.2017 ADAC Sauerlandpreis IDM – Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft

Jan Bühn, together with his team-mates, had already tested in the Oschersleben Motorsportarena in the spring and was also involved in the World Endurance championship 2017 race. “The track is a bit tight,” he said, “but we had a good set-up before the IDM race. I have not looked so much at the possible vice title. As always, I wanted to consistently deliver my performance and go for the podium.”

On early Saturday Bühn set part 1 of his plan into action. With the second quickest time, he took position 2. In the race, Bühn also showed himself to be aggressive, turned 1.26 laptimes at the top, and left the German champion Reiterberg not quite as far away as in previous races. Place 2 on the podium the earned wage. “It was exhausting,” he admitted. “On my pit board, I’ve always read plus 0.3 or 0.4 seconds. Of course, I tried to get away from Danny de Boer. I then rode my rhythm and could finally make a bigger gap. But the highest respect for his achievement. ”

For Jan Bühn it was a fourth place in the second race. After a good start, Bühn was in the front group, but could no longer attack the podium in the end. “Danny had a great start,” he describes his race. “He was two seconds in advance and managed to hold the pace. When Florian Alt passed me, I found myself behind him for a while. But in Oschersleben it was not so easy and the risk was too big. But overall it was one of my best IDM weekends and I have shortened the time lag to Markus Reiterberger properly. The decision about the vice champion title then falls in Hockenheim. ”

FW-Fotografie & Design // Foto Felix Wiessmann

FW-Fotografie & Design // Foto Felix Wiessmann

Before the trip to Oschersleben, Arnaud Friedrich was reliefed from the bad luck he suffered in the last races. “I’m mentally okay,” he said before the first session. “There’s the reset button and it’s on. I like the track quite well and luckily we already tested here in advance. I want to push for good results at the end of the season.»

Starting from grid 12, the race started. Over the 18 laps, the 17-year old managed to keep the position and offered a similar lap time as in the qualifying. So he finished in 13th place. It was better for the teenager in race 2, which he finished in a tenth place. “The schedule with the first race on Saturday was already a change,” he explains. “I thinks it´s better to have both races on sunday. In the first race, I got stuck in the traffic jam and lost a lot of time. The second race went well. I overtook Lucy Glöckner at the end of the start-finish straight to achiev P10. And I had only a two second gap to Dominik Vinceon, but to close it, I would have needed a few more laps. I need to be better in pushing more, especially in the first few rounds.”

Team manager Werner Daemen was very happy especially on Saturday, when Reiterberger, Bühn and de Boer took the first triple podium in the IDM history to the team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW with places 1, 2 and 3. “Our team is working great,” is the secret of success. “From the mechanic to the hospitality team, everyone pulls together. What can I say? I am proud of our team. »

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One appointment is still in the calendar of the IDM season 2017: From 29th of September to the 1st of October, the big final of the IDM will be on the Hockenheimring.

Result Qualifying/Grid IDM SBK

1 1.24,890 Markus Reiterberger (D/BMW)
2 1.25,816 Jan Bühn (D/BMW)
3 1.26,125 Danny de Boer (NL/BMW)
12 1.27,491 Arnaud Friedrich (D/BMW)

Result Race 1

1 Markus Reiterberger (D/BMW)
2 Jan Bühn (D/BMW)
3 Danny de Boer (NL/BMW)
13 Arnaud Friedrich (D/BMW)

Result Race 2

1 Markus Reiterberger (D/BMW)
2 Danny de Boer (NL/BMW)
3 Florian Alt (D/Yamaha)
4 Jan Bühn (D/BMW)
10 Arnaud Friedrich (D/BMW)

Championship standings after 12 of 14 races

1 295 Punkte Markus Reiterberger (D/BMW)
2 154 Punkte Florian Alt (D/Yamaha)
3 154 Punkte Jan Bühn (D/BMW)
4 144 Punkte Danny de Boer (NL/BMW)
15 37 Punkte Arnaud Friedrich (D/BMW)