-- BMW S 1000 RR: Markus Reiterberger is crowned 2013 IDM champion
After securing the Manufacturers’ IDM Title two weeks ago, BMW had even more
reason to celebrate at last weekend’s penultimate round of the 2013
International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) at Hockenheim (GER), as the
fight for the Riders’ title was decided, with one round to spare.
In his first full season in the closely-fought IDM Superbike category, young
German Markus Reiterberger was crowned 2013 champion. At Hockenheim, he extended
his lead in the Riders’ classification by winning both races on his BMW S 1000
RR and can no longer be overtaken at next month’s season finale at Lausitzring
(GER). Reiterberger’s VanZon Remeha BMW Team is one of the partners who count on
the direct on-site backing of BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport. With one more round
still to go, BMW has already achieved its two main goals for the 2013 IDM
season, which were to successfully defend both the Manufacturers’ and the
Nineteen-year old Reiterberger headed to the penultimate round with a
comfortable lead and took his chance to secure his first IDM title in style. He
qualified for pole position with his RR and then won both of Sunday’s races.
Thus, he extended his advantage in the Riders’ championship to 82 points, with
only 50 more points up for grabs at the final round.
Hockenheim was a successful round – not only for Reiterberger – but with RR
riders claiming five of the six available podium positions. Race one saw a pure
BMW podium, with Arie Vos (NED / VanZon alpha Technik BMW by Herpigny) and
Damian Cudlin (AUS / RAC Racing) finishing second and third respectively. In
race two, Cudlin finished second behind winner Reiterberger.
In the Riders’ classification of the IDM Superbike category, Reiterberger now
leads with a total of 264 points, while Cudlin is second with 182 points. In the
Manufacturers’ rankings, BMW leads with 563 points and an impressive 255 points
advantage over its closest rival. In the IDM Superstock category, Bastien
Mackels (BEL) of the VanZon alpha Technik BMW by Herpigny Team defended his lead
by winning one of the Hockenheim races with his RR. He now leads his class with
304 points and an advantage of six points.
“It was another great weekend in the IDM for us,” said Berthold Hauser, General
Manager BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport. “We started the season with two clear
goals. With our partners, we wanted to defend the titles in the Manufacturers’
and the Riders’ classification and we are happy and proud that we have achieved
both of these targets even before the final round of the season. Two weeks ago
at Sachsenring, BMW secured the Manufacturers’ crown and now Markus Reiterberger
can celebrate his first Riders’ title in the series. Congratulations to ‘Reiti’
who showed a really strong performance this year and a big ‘Thank you’ to all
BMW teams and riders who in cooperation with our specialists made this another
great IDM season for BMW. But the season is not over yet. Now we are all looking
forward to the final round in three weeks’ time at the Lausitzring where for
sure we will see more exciting races.”
The other big event for the partners of BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport was this
weekend’s “24 Heures Moto” at Le Mans (FRA). The famous 24-hour race marked the
final round of the 2013 FIM Endurance World Championship. At Le Mans, Lady Luck
was not on the side of the BMW teams. BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent and
riders Sébastien Gimbert, Sylvain Barrier (both FRA), Josh Waters (AUS) and Jake
Zemke (USA) aimed for a top result in the Superbike class. In fact, they led the
race for nine hours with their #99 BMW S 1000 RR. But after 14 hours of racing
they had to retire due to a mechanical problem.
The Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team, which started as the title defender
in the FIM World Endurance Superstock Cup, had to retire after six hours of
racing. Having collided with another opponent earlier in the race, it left the
team with a technical problem, which could not be repaired. Even with the
support of the BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport experts the team could not fix the
#13 RR and had to recognize that their race was over. It was the first DNF for
the German squad in the EWC since the beginning of 2010. Despite this, in the
overall classification, the team around former racer Rico Penzkofer (GER) still
finished the season in third.
“24-hour racing has its own rules and this is, unfortunately, what our partners
had to experience at Le Mans,” commented Berthold Hauser. “Together with the
teams we had worked hard to prepare for this famous 24-hour classic and the
efforts initially seemed to pay off. The first part of the race was really
exciting and it was great to see the #99 RR in the lead for such a long time.
This made it all the more disappointing when the strong performance was not
rewarded. It was also a pity for the Penz13.com team. The squad and our
specialists tried everything to bring the #13 RR back on track but it was not
meant to be.”
In addition to the Endurance World Championship and IDM races, there were also
BMW bikes in action at last weekend at Mugello (ITA) for the final round of the
2013 Italian Championship (CIV). There, Team Thevent successfully entered a BMW
HP4. The bike was raced by Mika Kallio (FIN) who stood in for the team’s regular
CIV rider, Sébastien Gimbert, who was on duty at the French 24-hour race. Kallio
turned out to be the man to beat at Mugello, winning both races on the BMW HP4.