Originally the first event of 2021, the season opener at the Lausitzring in Germany, would take place on the upcoming weekend and the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team with its four riders, Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Tim Eby (GER), Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NED) and Jan Mohr (AUT) would have been in action as a team of four for the first time for the current season of the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM). But both the first event of the year at the Lausitzring and the support event of the ‚Sachsenring Classics‘ at the legendary Sachsenring circuit, where the SBK1000 class of the championship was meant to take place as part of the event the weekend after, had to be canceled due to the current situation of the pandemic in Germany. There are no alternative dates for these two events.
After the “8 Hours of Oschersleben” as an event of the endurance world championship had been postponed indefinitely, there was great fear that the Superbike round of the IDM season would also be canceled. The championship organizers whatsoever are currently still sticking to the original event date. So it looks like the IDM season opener will be postponed to the end of May (May 20-23, 2021) and to motorsport arena Oschersleben.
In the workshop of the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team in Belgium, they continue to work hard on the motorcycles, everything is meticulously prepared for the new season. New pit walls, team clothing, the trucks and motorcycles, everything is ready for the new kick-off and everyone involved, but above all Team Manager Werner Daemen and the four nimble guys who are all waiting for their work. Tests have already been carried out in Valencia and Aragón in Spain, further tests are to follow, if possible, before the start of the season. The principle of the team is – whoever rests, rusts – a break from the preparations is currently out of the question in order to be best prepared for the upcoming and hopefully successful season again.
Werner Daemen, Team Manager: “It’s difficult for us to just shift down a gear and wait to see how things go from here. We have prepared everything, adjusted the motorcycles as best we can with missing track time, the pit walls have been redesigned, we have ordered new team clothes, new parts for the motorcycles, etc. You can’t just press the pause button in motorsport and wait until it goes on. You always have to stay up to date. This also applies to our four riders. Even in the uncertain time, you have to keep fit and be as prepared as possible for an early start to the season. I am confident that the IDM organizers will do everything possible within the framework of safety regulations so that we can meet again at a racetrack soon and do what we enjoy most – riding fast motorcycles over great racetracks. The impatience and anticipation grows and we are now simply trying to bridge the waiting time so that we can prepare even better for the new season. The most important thing now is that we all stay healthy! “