Next weekend, the third IDM event of the year will take place on the legendary Nürburgring in the beautiful Eifel in Germany. This time only the teams of the Superbike 1000 class are present, because the event is part of the supporting program for the really “big boys” – the Truck Grand Prix.

 

The two-time German champion Ilya Mikhalchik will be back again, although the endurance world championship is also entering the next round with the 12-hour race in Estoril in Portugal this weekend. Mikhalchik had to set out the previous event due to his participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France and will now do everything to make up for the lost points. With 34 points, the Ukrainian currently holds ninth place. He is 42 points short of the top. So two wins are the declared goal of the 24-year-old for the upcoming weekend.

 

Pepijn Bijsterbosch, Jan Mohr and Tim Eby are also highly motivated. All three took part in an event at the Nürburgring two weeks ago which was the Dutch motorcycle championship and they were able to prepare well for this weekend.

 

The short version of the Nürburgring is used at the International German Motorcycle Championship. It is technically demanding and contains difficult passages. Under normal circumstances, the Truck Grand Prix is the best-attended event on the IDM calendar with more than 100,000 spectators. Also this year spectators will be able to attend the event at the Nürburgring, but also this time only in limited numbers.

 

The action on the Nürburgring starts on Saturday, July 17th, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. The races will again be streamed live on the series’ social media channels and on Youtube. Don’t miss out on it!

Jan Mohr, #5:

“I’m really looking forward to the weekend at the Nürburgring. The track is great and I like it very much. The event is really very cool. I hope that at least a few viewers can be there taking the corona restrictions into consideration. We were there testing two weeks ago and that’s a huge advantage. We were able to work on the set-up of the bike and develop it further there. I think we will perform well and I am finally looking forward to open the throttle again.”

Tim Eby, #17:

“I’m really in good spirits this time, as we have already raced at the Nürburgring as part of the Dutch championship. The route is only a short connection of the track in the IDM and we rode the whole route in the Dutch championship, but it’s still two-thirds the same. This test has taught me a lot. I was very happy in the dry, but then in the rain I had the fastest lap time and if the race hadn’t been red-flagged, I would have made it onto the podium. So it was a fourth place at the end. Last weekend I competed in the German Endurance Championship in Most and we won there as a team. In addition to work and sport, I currently spend a lot of my time on motorcycles. So I’m in good spirits for the weekend.„

Ilya Mikhalchik, #37:

“I’m really looking forward to the event. I had to sit out in Most, which is my favorite track of all places we go on the IDM calendar. The Nürburgring is a German track and the German guys are really very fast on their home tracks. I’m missing a few points to the top, so I’m very motivated to catch up. That even makes me want to win races more. I’m not currently leading a championship, so I’m not under as much pressure as usual when I’m in first or second place. There are ten races left until the end of the season. I have already won on all the tracks that are still coming in the past. That makes me feel confident. I’m looking forward to riding my IDM bike again. We are now racing two weekends in a row and I feel well prepared and absolutely ready.”

Pepijn Bijsterbosch, #55:

“We had a really good test at the Nürburgring. I am very confident that this can be a good weekend. The schedule is pretty tight, it won’t be easy. But I think we can make good progress and get good starting positions for the races. I really like the track and that’s always an advantage when that is the case. I hope that will give us good results.”

Werner Daemen, Team Manager:

“We had a test with our riders at the Dutch championship on the Nürburgring. That means that we can achieve good results there. At the last visit to the Truck GP here in 2019, Ilya won the second race in front of many spectators. That was a great show. He knows the track well. We can achieve the victory again with Ilya. But our other riders, Pepijn and Jan, can also compete for top five results. Tim was really quick in the test here, his goal should be very clear to get into the points! There will be exciting races this weekend.”