BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Lausitzring, Germany, 04/05/2016, Superbike IDM / International German Championship BMW Motorrad Motorsport
That is how to open a new chapter in one’s racing career: BMW newcomer Mathieu Gines made his debut in the Superbike class of the Superbike IDM / International German Motorcycle Championship at the Lausitzring last weekend. Racing for the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW team, Gines promptly secured one victory and a second place on the BMW S 1000 RR. This proved enough to put him in a tie at the top of the championship after the opening round.
Last year’s Superstock champion, the 27-year-old Frenchman stepped up into the highest category this year and is contesting his first season on the BMW S 1000 RR. He set the pace as early as the practice sessions at the Lausitzring. He then secured pole position in the Superpole with an advantage of three tenths of a second. Race one saw Gines in contention right down to the final corner, before eventually crossing the finish line just behind the experienced Max Neukirchner. He then rode his way onto the top step of the podium in race two. Furthermore, Gines also clocked the fastest lap in both races.
The fact that this new rider immediately shone came as no surprise to Van Zon-Remeha-BMW team principal, Werner Daemen. “When signing a new rider, it is always important to me that he has the potential to win races. I saw last season that Mathieu is blessed with an abundance of talent,” says Daemen. “It is obviously difficult to win, but I expected him to be among the front-runners if everything fell into place with the bike.”
So what makes Gines so good? “He is really calm and can set his bike up superbly,” Daemen explains. “He takes his time, is never nervous – or, at least, never shows it – and gives the team very good feedback. I think he handles everything very well.”
Gines had large footsteps to follow in, but did so in style with his success at the opening round. Werner Daemen and his team have won three titles in the past four years: in 2012 with Erwan Nigon, and in 2013 and 2015 with Markus Reiterberger. The team has proven how strong it is. Together with Gines’ talent, this is another key factor in the success: the Frenchman is riding for one of the best teams in the field with Van Zon-Remeha-BMW.
“The rider is obviously very important in motor racing. However, the combination of rider, team and bike has to be right,” says Daemen. “If that is right, and there is a good atmosphere in the team, you can be pretty sure of being successful together.”
The Nürburgring hosts round two of the 2016 IDM season this weekend. The team is out to continue its successful start to the year – not only with Gines, but also with Marco Nekvasil, who finished on the Superstock podium in both races at the Lausitzring.
“We will obviously be trying to win with Marco too,” says the team principal. “He also did a great job at the season-opener. He hardly rode last year, and then promptly finished on the podium twice. At 19, he is still a very young rider. I am very happy with him.”