Gracious weather god at the IDM event on the TT Circuit Assen

 

 

The weekend of the sixth event of the IDM International German Motorcycle Championship at the TT Circuit in Assen in the Netherlands was a complete success for the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team, because regular rider Ilya Mikhalchik dominated this weekend and returned to the top of the championship. The Ukrainian was already in first position in all sessions in Friday’s practices and continued to do so on Saturday in both sessions on qualifying day. The first race was stopped on Sunday due to an accident and restarted in a shortened form, but the 25-year-old led the remaining nine laps and won confidently ahead of Florian Alt (GER) and Valentin Debise (FRA).

In the second race, Ilya was clearly in his own class and set the tone right through to the finish. This is the Ukrainian’s first double victory since the Assen round in 2019. With these two victories and an accident-related step out of his main competitor Dominic Schmitter, Mikhalchik is now back in the lead of the IDM 2021 with 30 points ahead of the Frenchman Valentin Debise.

 

The local hero Pepijn Bijsterbosch unfortunately did not have such a good weekend, because Friday the 13th lived up to its reputation for him. After only a few laps he had to return to the pits with his BMW M 1000 RR because there were technical problems that prevented him from using the remaining time of the first free practice. He finished the remaining sessions in the midfield. In the first race, the Dutchman finished 13th and secured valuable championship points, even if he tended to secure himself a podium place for his home race with a large number of home spectators and a fan base who came especially to support him both from the stands and from the paddock. The 13 remained loyal to him in race two and was also his position when he crossed the finish line.

 

The Austrian Jan Mohr, whose home race will be the next event on the IDM calendar at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, arrived at the Dutch racetrack in Drehnte motivated, but it was difficult for him to get the right feeling for his bike and to build up his originally good feeling with the BMW M 1000 RR and so he too could only fight his way into the good midfield. This is definitely not something the ambitious 23-year-old is satisfied with. In the first race he only managed to get 15th. Race two he finished in 12th position with a much better feeling that he wants to build on for his home race, the last weekend in August to attack the top five again.

 

Tim Eby, who was able to improve during the practice days on the weekend and was very satisfied with the feeling with his bike up to the second qualifying, was unfortunately unable to build on this feeling in the second qualifying on Saturday due to a lack of confidence. The warm-up on Sunday went really well and so the German started the first race with great motivation. Already in the sighting lap Eby had problems with the bike, which started to stutter. This then intensified in the warm-up lap and shortly after the start of the first race it got so strong that he had to finish the race and return to the pits. Race two went much better and he finished 17th.

 

The next round of the IDM is at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg in Austria from August 27th to 29th. You can find information and the results of the series at www.idm.de.

 

Ilya Mikhalchik, #37:

“I finally achieved the first double victory since 2019. The last one before that was also in Assen. These are special emotions that come up again and that gives me the extra motivation to keep this direction in which we are currently working in order to improve myself and my speed. My team did a great job this weekend, we were always at the top. I would like to thank everyone who supports me and is always around me and who have followed me to this point. I’m really looking forward to Spielberg now. I haven’t ridden there yet and I don’t know the track. But I think that we can achieve good results there too and I am happy and hope that I can fight at the top again there.”

Pepijn Bijsterbosch, #55:

“Actually, Friday started really shitty when I was only able to use half the day due to technical problems. Then on Saturday we were able to take a good step. My feeling just got better and better. Then this morning in the warm up we took another step. I had a really good feeling with the bike. I got off to a really good start in the first race, but unfortunately I was pushed out a bit and lost a few places. Still, I had the feeling that I could catch up. Then the race was red-flagged due to an accident and after that my feeling with the bike was no longer good at all. Unfortunately, I don’t know why that was the case. We have to analyze that first and find out before the next race.”

Jan Mohr, #5:

“The weekend was really very difficult. I came here very motivated and really wanted to ride. But already in the first practice session we got a real slap. I was really slow and I had no feeling. That went better in the second training session. But then on Saturday we fought against a wall. We always had the same times, we didn’t improve, we couldn’t make big steps. I had a bad feeling for the front and couldn’t turn and couldn’t take the cornering speed with me. The first race wasn’t that good either, because the rear tyre started to wear off. Then I stated into the second race really well and that actually saved it a bit. The problems only came in the last five laps. Unfortunately, I then lost a few positions. Still, it was a conciliatory conclusion. I am now 110% motivated for my home race in two weeks.”

Tim Eby, #17:

“Basically, I’m relatively happy with the weekend. I’m very satisfied with my qualifying time of 1’41.6. I’ve never been a friend of Assen’s and I didn’t think I could ride that fast here because I just don’t have the experience on the track. We haven’t tested here yet because it’s just way too far away for me. It’s a shame that the bike didn’t run in the first race today. I got off to a good start in the second race. In the beginning it was my turn to work on the group I wanted to be in. In the end I went a little faster. As I said, I’m actually quite satisfied. The bike ran well, except for the problem this morning, the team did a good job. We gave everything in the second race. I am now looking forward to the Red Bull Ring, because I was just testing there and rode there relatively quickly. I think I have a better chance of a good result there than here.”

Werner Daemen, Team Manager:

“That was a very good weekend. Both in Assen and in Spa Francorchamps, where we won with the Dunlop test team as well as here. I am very happy about Ilya’s double victory. The whole team did a great job. Ilya won very confidently. He dictated both the qualifications and the races. In the second race he was undoubtedly the best. This year he has improved again. Markus (Reiterberger) will be back in Spielberg, so these should be exciting races again.”