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BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW: 2023 season reaches the finish line

September 25, 2023

For the last time of 2023, fans and riders of the International German Motorcycle Championship IDM went on the road last weekend. At the start in the Superbike class was the BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team led by Werner Daemen and Andy Gerlich. The team and its five riders were at full strength for the finale at the Hockenheimring: Ilya Mikhalchik from Ukraine, Philipp Steinmayr from Austria, Max Schmidt from Germany, Bálint Kovács from Hungary and Kamil Krzemien from Poland. Ilya Mikhalchik had finished on the podium of the World Endurance Championship with his colleagues at the 24 Hours of Le Castellet the weekend before last and had to get used to his BMW in IDM trim again first at Hockenheim. “There is already a difference between the EWC BMW and the IDM version,” explains the three-time IDM champion and third in the current Endurance World Championship. “Apart from the name, the…

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IDM Assen: Back in the title race with a brilliant performance

August 21, 2023

Summery conditions prevailed at the International German Motorcycle Championship IDM last weekend. The BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team, led by Werner Daemen and Andy Gerlich, together with their riders Ilya Mikhalchik (Ukraine), Philipp Steinmayr (Austria), Max Schmidt (Germany), Bálint Kovács (Hungary), Kamil Krzemien (Poland) and wildcard rider Pepijn Bijsterbosch (Netherlands) made the journey to the TT Circuit of Assen in the Netherlands. The penultimate of the seven IDM weekends in 2023 took place there. Ilya Mikhalchik was absent at the last IDM race at the Red Bull Ring, as the Ukrainian was racing on behalf of BMW Motorrad at the World Endurance Championship in Suzuka, Japan, where he finished sixth together with his teammates, making them the most successful team from Europe. In Assen, Mikhalchik was back on familiar IDM terrain and showed what was what in both the free practice sessions on Friday and in qualifying. With a whopping lead of…

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IDM Red Bull Ring: Adventurous tour of Austria

August 7, 2023

Last weekend things went a little differently for the BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team than on the other race weekends in the International German Motorcycle Championship IDM. This is because team boss Werner Daemen and Superbike rider Ilya Mikhalchik were absent from the event at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Instead of the IDM, they went to Suzuka in Japan on behalf of BMW Motorsport Motorrad to fight for points in the World Endurance Championship. At the start in the IDM Superbike were Austrian Philipp Steinmayr, Pole Kamil Krzemien, Hungarian Bálint Kovács, German Max Schmidt and, with a wildcard, Austrian Jan Mohr. Philipp Steinmayr had been able to prepare for his home race in Styria better than for any other race this season. After the IDM race at the Schleizer Dreieck, he packed up his BMW and was able to do some test kilometres a week before the IDM race at…

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IDM Schleiz: Pole position, Slip-up and Trophy

July 24, 2023

Last weekend saw the BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team of Werner Daemen and Andreas Gerlich reach the halfway point of the International German Motorcycle Championship IDM 2023. The journey had taken the Belgian-German team with its BMW riders Ilya Mikhalchik from Ukraine, Kamil Krzemien from Poland, Bálint Kovács from Hungary, Philipp Steinmayr from Austria and Max Schmidt from Germany to Thuringia to the Schleizer Dreieck. The races there are held on partly public roads and therefore posed special challenges for man and machine.   Ilya Mikhalchik again experienced the IDM in all its facets. After the first race, he went straight back to the pits with his visor down. Because the first race had had a few stumbling blocks in store for him at the Schleizer Dreieck. As pole sitter, with a top time close to the track record and an impressive performance in all the practice sessions, the BMW rider started…

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BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW: Not for the faint-hearted

June 26, 2023

The German-Belgian BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team of Andy Gerlich and Werner Daemen has had an exhausting two weeks, filled to the brim with gripping motorsport at the highest level. After the successful detour at the World Endurance Championship in Spa-Francorchamps, the team found itself in the Czech Republic last weekend, where the third of seven rounds of the 2023 International German Motorcycle Championship took place at the Autodrom in Most. Also competing in the IDM Superbike: Ilya Mikhalchik (Ukraine), Kamil Krzemien (Poland), Bálint Kovács (Hungary), Philipp Steinmayr (Austria) and Max Schmidt (Germany). Ilya Mikhalchik had travelled to the Czech Republic with boosted self-confidence and fresh courage after his third place at Spa in the Endurance World Championship. After his zero result at the last IDM meeting in Oschersleben, the Ukrainian will have to put his BMW to the test if he wants to have a say in the IDM title. He…

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Round 2: IDM Oschersleben – Tough track and fast guys

June 5, 2023

Perfect conditions were offered to the riders and fans of the International German Motorcycle Championship IDM last weekend when the second round of the 2023 season started at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. On top of that, there was sunshine and a cloudless sky as well as exciting races and numerous spectators at the track. In the middle of it all was the top team BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW, led by Andy Gerlich and Werner Daemen, with its drivers Ilya Mikhalchik (Ukraine), Kamil Krzemien (Poland), Bálint Kovács (Hungary), Philipp Steinmayr (Austria) and Max Schmidt (Germany).   Ilya Mikhalchik knew even before the two races at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben that he would have to work hard to keep Florian Alt, his toughest rival in the fight for the title, at bay. In practice, he took second place on the grid with his personal best time of 1:24.969 min, and the BMW rider finished the…

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IDM Sachsenring: Turbulent Opener

May 14, 2023

The long wait finally came to an end last weekend. At the Sachsenring, where in four weeks Marquez and Co. will be meeting again at the German Grand Prix, the riders of the International German Motorcycle Championship started their 2023 season. The German-Belgian team BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW of Andy Gerlich and Werner Daemen also started in the IDM Superbike. All five riders of the BMW M1000RR were well prepared for the new points chase. With Ilya Mikhalchik from the Ukraine, Kamil Krzemien from Poland, Bálint Kovács from Hungary, Philipp Steinmayr from Austria and Max Schmidt from Germany, the championship team was represented in full team strength at the Sachsenring. Ilya Mikhalchik had swapped his tried and tested starting number 37 for 17. “I have become a different Ilya,” said the Ukrainian, who is currently living in Poland with his girlfriend, describing his personal transformation. “The 17 is my birthday. The other things…

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Full House at BCC-alpha-Van-Zon-BMW

January 24, 2023

Fans and riders will have to wait until the beginning of May for the first race of the International German Championship IDM 2023, but behind the scenes the course is already being set for a successful season in Germany’s highest motorbike sport predicate. Werner Daemen and Andreas Gerlich, responsible for technology, have agreed to continue working together and hopefully be just as successful as last year. With five riders, the rider line-up promises not only a lot of work, but also a lot of excitement and a lot of success. Back at the IDM start is Ukrainian Ilya Mikhalchik. An old acquaintance in the team and also on the IDM podium. The 26-year-old already has three IDM Superbike championship titles to his name. The objective is clear: to win title number 4. “For me it’s really nice, especially to see all the fans from Germany again,” he explains after a year…

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