BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Hockenheim, Germany, 30/09/2015, Superbike IDM / International German Championship
Champion Markus Reiterberger thrilled his fans again at the season finale of the SUPERBIKE*IDM at the Hockenheimring: the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider secured pole position, won one race and set a new lap record on his BMW S 1000 RR. His focus now turns to his next outing in the World Championship this weekend.
Reiterberger had already achieved his main objective at the penultimate race weekend of the season in Assen, The Netherlands, back in August. The brace of wins at the “TT Circuit” was enough to see him crowned 2015 champion of the International German Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM) with races still to come. As such, the finale in Hockenheim was an opportunity to relax and show what he was capable of, with a performance worthy of a champion to round of a magnificent season.
Reiterberger once again refused to allow the seven additional kilograms of weight on his BMW S 1000 RR slow him down in Hockenheim. He secured pole position with a clear advantage of almost 0.4 seconds in Saturday’s Superpole.
He was unbeatable again in Sunday’s opening race. For long periods of the race, Reiterberger was embroiled in a captivating three-way battle with Xavi Forés and Max Neukirchner. The lead changed hands between the three riders several times. Four laps before the end of the race, BMW rider Reiterberger made the decisive break, clocking the fastest lap of the race – a lap record of 1:26.463 minutes. Cheered on by his fans, Reiterberger crossed the line 0.715 seconds ahead of his rivals.
Ahead of the second race, Reiterberger’s fan club serenaded their man on the starting grid, accompanied by typical Bavarian accordion music. The BMW rider then set off in search of his next double success. And he initially held the upper hand in the duel with Forés. However, he was passed by the Spaniard after eight laps. Reiterberger applied pressure right through to the finish, but Forés held on to take the win. “Reiti” followed him home in second place, 0.440 seconds later. In the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, Reiterberger is fourth overall. The standings are not yet final, as extra points, for such things as winning a championship and pole positions, are still to be allocated to all the participants at the end of the Race Trophy season.
A sensational IDM season for Reiterberger drew to a close in Hockenheim. Of the season’s 16 races, he won 12, finishing runner-up in the remaining four. The champion ended the year with 380 points, 76 more than his closest rival Forés. His success also saw “Reiti” contribute the lion’s share of the 512 points that guided BMW to the Constructors’ title.
“That was definitely the best season of my career so far,” said Reiterberger. “They were tough races, right from the word go, but it was always hugely enjoyable. The team did a superb job and my BMW S 1000 RR was a real dream to ride.”
“Reiti” and his Van Zon-Remeha-BMW team fittingly celebrated the end of the season with a big party. The band “Postamt Trio”, from the champion’s native Bavaria, provided the appropriate rock sound. However, Reiterberger will be back on the BMW S 1000 RR this coming weekend. He will contest his second race of the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK) as a wildcard entry in Magny-Cours, France. “I wanted to finish in the top ten in Misano. I did not manage there, but I think it is a realistic goal for Magny-Cours,” he said, looking ahead. “Above all, however, I want to improve on my result from Misano. If we do, I think we will have taken a step forward. The most important thing is to be well equipped for next year.”
The Wilbers-BMW-Racing-Team fielded an additional rider at the finale in Hockenheim: Gareth Jones, who had ridden for the team in the IDM in 2011 and 2012. The Australian had helped the team at a test at Hockenheim at the end of August, during which Wilbers assessed new HP Race Support products. The decision was taken to continue this test work under race conditions, and to send Jones into action on the test bike at the final event of the season.
Jones was the second best-placed BMW rider behind Reiterberger in Hockenheim. He ended both races in seventh place (fourth in the Superbike class IDM SBK on both occasions). The regular Wilbers rider Matej Smrz came home eighth and ninth (fifth and sixth in the Superbike class). Reiterberger’s Van Zon-Remeha-BMW team-mate Bastien Mackels rolled into the pit lane and retired from race one. The Belgian then finished eighth in race two (fifth in the Superbike class).
Three BMW riders finished in the top ten of the Superstock class (IDM STK). Lucy Glöckner was among the top ten Superstock riders in both races on her final race weekend with the Wilbers-BMW-Racing-Team. She came home ninth and tenth in the class (14th and 18th overall). Pepijn Bijsterbosch (Van Zon-Remeha-BMW) finished 11th and sixth in the Superstock class (17th and 12th overall). Michal Filla (BMW Sikora Motorsport) was 12th and eighth in the class (18th and 15th overall).
Sunday’s action came to a premature end for Dominik Vincon (BMW Stilgenbauer). He crashed in the opening race, when he clipped the rear wheel of another rider. Vincon broke his collarbone as a result. The entire BMW Motorrad Motorsport community wishes him a speedy recovery!