BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Zolder, Belgium, 20/05/2015, Superbike IDM / International German Championship
The second round of the SUPERBIKE*IDM in Zolder, Belgium, saw Markus Reiterberger leaving the competition behind on his BMW S 1000 RR. The Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider won both races in a sensational and dominant style. In the Superstock class, Dominik Vincon finished second on the podium.
This man is currently racing in a league of his own: Markus Reiterberger is dominating the early 2015 season in the SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM). At the curtain raiser at Lausitzring, he celebrated a double win with his BMW S 1000 RR and also at the second round in Zolder, Belgium, the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider was victorious in both races. His rivals had a hint of what to expect in free practice: almost playfully he secured the fastest lap times in all sessions. When it rained in Saturday’s Superpole qualifying, he had to settle with “only” third on the grid, but in both of Sunday’s races – now in dry conditions again – “Reiti” was in a class of his own again.
In race one, Reiterberger took the lead on the second lap and from then on continuously pulled away from the rest of the field. While positions were fiercely fought for behind him, the leading BMW rider easily completed one fast lap after another and took the chequered flag nine seconds ahead of his closest rival. In race two, Reiterberger’s dominance was even more significant. He led from the start, rushed away from the field and won with the incredible advantage of 26 seconds. Reiterberger’s summary of the season so far reads: four wins in four races and the lead in the championship with the maximum possible number of 100 points.
“The machine I have now is the best bike I have ever ridden. I feel on every lap and in every corner how fantastic it is to ride,” Reiterberger praises his BMW S 1000 RR and explains why he is currently so successful: “The new RR is even better than last year’s model. We have worked intensely on making full use of its potential and have significantly further improved the chassis and the electronics. Both at the Lausitzring and Zolder we had the perfect bike with the perfect settings. In addition, I am physically pretty fit, and as a result the overall package of rider and machine is so strong at the moment.”
Despite his dominance, the 2013 IDM champion is keeping both feet firmly on the ground. “It seems as if we are dominant at the moment, however, the field is still very close and we expect the others to fight back. Our current advantage is nice but we have to work hard to keep it like this,” underlines Reiterberger.
Second best BMW rider in Zolder was Matej Smrz on the BMW S 1000 RR from Wilbers BMW Racing. The Czech finished sixth in race one. In race two, Smrz bettered this result and crossed the line in fourth.
In the Superstock class, pole-position went to Lucy Glöckner on the Wilbers BMW S 1000 RR. However, Lady Luck was not on her side in the races. She struggled with massive brake problems in both heats and had to settle for 11th and tenth.
The BMW colours on the Superstock podium at Zolder were represented by Dominik Vincon (BMW Stilgenbauer), who claimed second place in race two. In the first heat, Vincon had retired. Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider Pepijn Bijsterbosch finished fifth and sixth in the Superstock class on his RR.