BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Hockenheim, 21/09/2014, Superbike IDM / International German Championship
It was a thrilling season finale at Hockenheim for fans of the International German Superbike Championship IDM: German Markus Reiterberger, fielded by the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW squad, continued his run of victories in the previous races with his BMW S 1000 RR. On Saturday, he secured pole position, in race one he celebrated his third victory of the season by a margin of almost three seconds. The second race had to be aborted after 14 laps due to torrential rain. Reiterberger was third and also secured third place in the championship standings.
Markus Reiterberger: “The team and I were absolutely delighted about winning the first race. In the second race it started bucketing down after 5 laps. I was able to paddle my way onto the podium in 3rd place. The race was aborted early after Max Neukirchner’s crash. If it had been a normal race, I would have been championship runner-up. Shame, but I’m very satisfied with 3rd overall. It was a fantastic season and we able to improve at every race track. The Ducati factory team’s arrival in the IDM has really raised the bar. For example, the lap times in Assen were an incredible 1 second less than the fastest time set in the Superbike World Championship! We could improve my BMW. The bike is a dream!”
Reiterberger’s Belgian team mate Bastien Mackels also produced a strong performance at the season finale and finished the races in fourth and fifth positions. As a result, Mackels clinched fourth in the championship standings. Leon Camier, wild card rider for Wilbers BMW Racing, finished sixth and seventh on his HP4. The Briton had previously celebrated several wins this season on his BMW S 1000 RR in the EVO class of the FIM Superbike World Championship. Stefan Nebel from Germany took the chequered flag in seventh and twelfth places on his Wilbers HP4.
The two BMW motorcycle riders Marco Nekvasil (Austria) from Interwetten Racing by Fritze Tuning and Lucy Glöckner (Germany) from Wilbers Racing staged a thrilling battle for the Superstock class title all the way to the final chequered flag. In the end, Nekvasil was crowned Superstock Champion 2014, Glöckner finished the season in second place overall.
Marco Nekvasil: “After the first race, Lucy was able to reduce the gap to me even more, which is why I had a few reservations before the second race. It’s an even better feeling now that I could win the class overall. However, I must say that Lucy is the strongest opponent I’ve ever had. Respect. She is a fantastic rider.”
Third and fourth positions in the championship also went to privateer BMW motorcycle racers: German Dominik Vincon from the BMW Stilgenhauer team was third and Dutchman Leon Bovee from the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW squad fourth.
All in all, the International German Superbike Championship season was yet again a great a success for BMW Motorrad. The arrival of other factory teams in the Superbike class pushed the level significantly higher. Nevertheless, BMW motorcycle riders were credited with three race victories, three second places and seven third places.
The Superstock class was dominated by privateer BMW motorcycle racers. Every race was won either by a male or a female BMW rider. In 14 of the 15 races, second place also went to a BMW S 1000 RR or HP4.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport Marketing Director Udo Mark: “The International German Superbike Championship grows from year to year. The extremely competitive field of participants and our numerous privateer BMW motorcycle riders guarantee exciting races, excellent race action and great success. Both in the Superbike and above all also in the Superstock class. It’s clear that the competitors in the IDM also play an important role in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, in which racers representing numerous racing series’ around the globe fight for the coveted title of best privateer BMW motorcycle rider. Markus Reiterberger currently leads the standings, but there are still several races on the agenda. We look forward to an exciting season finale in the Race Trophy and afterwards to crowning the best privateer rider at our headquarters. After all, attractive prize money awaits the best placed riders.”