The Sachsenring is calling!
In a few days Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Tim Eby (GER) and Vladimir Leonov (RUS) and the whole EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team will again be going for important championship points in the IDM – International German Championship, which stops for the second round of the shortened 2020 season, at the legendary Sachsenring, on September 7th and 8th.
The Sachsenring is new territory for Mikhalchik and Eby. The two only know the route from various video and console games. But they are highly motivated and look forward to the 3.671 km long course in Saxony. Vladimir Leonov, on the other hand, has already done his laps here in the 250cc and Moto2 world championships. However, that was also ten years ago.
The decisive factors for the three EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW riders will be the test sessions, which will take place on Monday from 9:15 a.m., starting with the free practice sessions in the morning and the qualifyings in the afternoon.
The current championship leader Jonas Folger, who has already finished second behind Marc Marquez at the Sachsenring in MotoGP, clearly has the advantage here. For Ilya Mikhalchik, however, this is just more of an incentive to do his best. He currently holds second place in the championship, ten points behind Folger.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event will also take place behind closed doors and without spectators. There will also be detailed coverage of the second IDM event with a live stream of the races and live timing on www.idm.de.
The break after the Sachsenring will only be a very short one, because the third event of the IDM season will take place at the Lausitzring on the following weekend, from September 11th to 13th.
Ilya Mikhalchik #1:
“I’ve never been to the Sachsenring and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve watched a lot of MotoGP races and the track and the whole area look very good. I need the practice sessions to get to know the track and find out how we have to set up the bike so that it works best there. If we can do that well, I can prepare for good races. Of course I will try to keep fighting for the championship again. We’ll see if I can do that.”
Tim Eby #17:
“I’m really happy that I can ride so well with my injured hand again. Of course, I can still feel it when I’ve been riding all day. Then my strength decreases the following day. I will do everything I can to make it as far as I can in the qualifyings and in the races. My expectations are not very high because I cannot assess how well my hand is doing. But I’m really looking forward to the next round and working with the team and having fun riding again. My expectations of the races that follow (Lausitzring and Hockenheimring) are higher. I know my way around there and there I have already been able to test.”
Vladimir Leonov #65:
“I know the track and have already been there. It’s a very nice track and when the conditions are all right, it’s really fun to ride there. I miss my bike and want to do as many laps as possible to work on the set up. I have a couple of ideas that I would like to implement that I think could help make me feel better on the bike. So I’m particularly looking forward to finally being able to ride it again. I hope that the weather will be nice and that we can fight for the podium.”
Werner Daemen, Team Manager:
“Vladimir has already been in Moto2 races at the Sachsenring and knows the track. Both Ilya and Vladimir are highly motivated to achieve good results after performing at the Le Mans 24-hour race last week.
There is also very good news from Tim, because he was very fast again in the last test at the Hockenheimring, almost as fast as in the test in which he was injured. That shows me that he mentally coped well with his crash. I am glad that he is now fully back and I hope for good results. “