BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Hungaroring, Hungary, 08/07/2015, Superbike IDM / International German Championship
Markus Reiterberger refused to allow six kilograms of extra weight to slow him down: the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider claimed his eighth win of the season on the fifth race weekend of the International German Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM) at the Hungaroring. His team-mate Bastien Mackels, who has missed much of the season so far with an injury, made his first appearance on the Superbike (IDM SBK) podium in Hungary.
Hungary was gripped by the heatwave that dominated Europe at the weekend. The riders struggled with tropical temperatures at the Hungaroring, on the outskirts of Budapest. Markus Reiterberger faced an additional challenge: after seven wins from eight races, he was forced to load an extra six kilograms of ballast onto his Van Zon-Remeha BMW S 1000 RR. To make matters worse, he had never ridden at the Hungaroring before. However, even that did not stop the young Bavarian.
In Saturday’s Superpole, Reiterberger once again landed his RR on the front row of the grid, narrowly missing out on pole position by just 0.01 seconds. In Sunday’s opening race, “Reiti” was again unbeatable. His RR was set up perfectly to cope with the winding Hungaroring and its uphill and downhill sections. In both races he was embroiled in a thrilling duel with his rival, Spain’s Xavi Forés. In race one, Reiterberger pulled off the all-important overtaking manoeuvre on the penultimate lap and went on to claim win number eight of the season. In race two, he was again poised to pounce in second place and preparing to launch an attack towards the end of the race. This time, however, he hit an uneven spot on the track while attempting to take the lead. This prevented him from accelerating perfectly out of the corner and allowed Forés to hang on to first place. Reiterberger came home second, missing out on his fourth brace of wins by just one tenth of a second.
“The battle was great fun. I pushed hard and rode in a controlled manner, while at the same time being at the limit. I was able to attack really well on the RR. Xavi was under pressure, and I was able to employ my tactics at the end of race one,” said Reiterberger. “In race two, I thought I would get past him again. However, I am more than happy with that. A win and second place is a superb result.”
Reiterberger now leads the championship with 240 points to his name and a lead of 55 points over his closest rival, Forés. Success in Hungary also propelled Reiterberger back into the lead of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
His Van Zon-Remeha-BMW team-mate Bastien Mackels also had cause for celebration in Hungary. The Belgian claimed his first podium finish in the Superbike class of the IDM (IDM SBK) – and on only his second race weekend of the season. Mackels made his first appearance three weeks ago at the Nürburgring, having injured himself in the winter.
Mackels had the podium in his sights in the first of the two races in Hungary, but crashed in the penultimate corner while attempting to take third place. That opportunity presented itself again in race two – and he grabbed it with both hands. He moved into third place early on in the race and defended his spot on the podium until the finish. Even Mackels had not expected to make it onto the podium in only his fourth race of the season. “I am getting to know the BMW S 1000 RR better all the time, and am really happy now,” said the beaming Belgian.
However, Reiterberger and Mackels did not have much time for celebration: shortly after the race, they flew straight from Budapest to Suzuka in Japan. There, they will spend this week testing with the BMW MOTORRAD France Penz13.com team, for which they race in the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC). The test is preparation for the eight-hour race in Suzuka, which will take place at the end of July.
Matěj Smrz will hope to forget his weekend in Hungary as quickly as possible. Both races ended on the opening lap for the Wilbers-BMW-Racing rider. “It is a shame, and I feel particularly sorry for the team. They had worked so hard all weekend. We have a short break now, which I will use to practice hard. I will do everything in my power to get good results in the next races in Schleiz,” said the Czech rider.
Six BMW riders finished in the points in the Superstock (IDM STK) class. The best result came courtesy of Michal Filla, who finished fourth in race two (eighth overall). Dominik Vincon (BMW Stilgenbauer) came home fifth in the Superstock class in both races (eighth and ninth overall). Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider Pepijn Bijsterbosch was seventh and eighth (12th and 11th overall). Guest starter Vincent Lon Bois from Belgium finished tenth and 12th (15th and 18th overall) on his RR. Ireneusz Sikora (BMW Sikora Team) came home 11th in the Superstock class in both races (16th and 17th overall), while Marc Neumann (Neumann Racing Team) in 12th and 14th (17th and 21st overall) also picked up points in both races.