BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Lausitzring, Germany, 06/05/2015, Superbike IDM / International German Championship
Markus Reiterberger dominated the season opener of the International German Championship (IDM) at the Lausitzring. The Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider not only celebrated a double victory, but also set a new lap record.
In the third free practice session on Friday Reiterberger set a 1’37.219 time to achieve what he had just missed out on last year: setting the lap record on a motorcycle at the Lausitzring. The record had been held up until the IDM weekend by World Superbike legend Troy Bayliss (1’37.623 set in 2006).
Reiterberger just missed the pole position in Superpole on Saturday by a tenth of a second to the former World Superbike race winner Max Neukirchner, but he was able to secure the track record.
Reiterberger and counterpart Neukirchner were both under Bayliss’ 2006 best time in Superpole – with only those two riders going below the 1’38 mark. In the two races on Sunday Reiterberger set down a marker.
In the first race he finished 6.899s ahead of his nearest rival and set the race fastest lap of 1’37.696. In the second race he won by 2.866s, again notching the fastest race lap.
“It was very demanding but in the end fortunately it was pretty easy," said Reiterberger as he summed up the weekend. "In the first race I was lucky that Max [Neukirchner] was a bit far behind on the first corner. In the second race it was a bit difficult to pull out a lead, but then I managed it successfully. We have started well and it looks good for the season.”
Regarding his new IDM specification BMW S 1000 RR machine Reiterberger showed equally enthusiastic: “Again it is a better bike than before, they always build great bikes and they have succeeded once more. We worked on the settings as a team, with the chassis and the electronics and it went really well.”
Wilbers-BMW Racing Team rider Matej Smrz of the Czech Republic took fifth and sixth places in a respectable season opener and gained a strong points haul for the overall standings. Smrz is new in the Wilbers-BMW Racing team and still learning the Double-R machine.
In the Superstock 1000 class Dominik Vincon emerged as the best BMW rider in the first race. He came home in sixth place in the category and just beat Reiterberger’s Dutch teammate Pepijn Bijsterbosch. Lucy Glöckner took eighth place. In the second race the Czech rider Michal Filla was fifth and the highest ranked BMW S 1000 RR rider, reaching the finish line 0.375s in front of colleague Glöckner, with Vincon finishing seventh.