Just before the season, Markus got out from his WorldSBK contract to regain strength again in the IDM team of Werner Daemen. The Team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW is the benchmark in the IDM and Markus Reiterberger dominates the Superbike happening at will. After riding four rounds, Reiti headed as the top rider with 195 championship points to the summit of the Lausitzring – a double start in the International German Motorcycle Championship and the Wildcard participation in the Superbike World Championship. His toughest prosecutor in the IDM title – team colleague Danny de Boer – had to return home because of a pinched nerve at the neck, before the first IDM race. With a double victory, the IDM Superbike 1000 title would be possible on its own for Markus Reiterberger.
Since the IDM was only placed in the supporting program of the World Championship, the reiders had to get along with a reduced training time. Reiti, on the other hand, waiting for a full 300 minutes of tracktime. Here is the summary of his IDM race weekend.
IDM Free Practice
By the double start in the WorldSBK and IDM it was necessary for Markus to make the IDM sessions as efficient as possible in order to be able to present himself in the best possible way in bith series. In the first free practice session, which took place after the first session in the WorldSBK, six laps were enough to set the best time at 1: 39.279 min.
FP1 | P1 | 1:39.279 min (-1.538)
IDM Qualifying 1
The tight timetable of the IDM represents an organizational challenge for Markus. The first qualifying session of the IDM still fits well into the tight schedule. With a 1: 38.529 min lap time, he has set the bar in just one handful of laps. With a comfortable lead of 1.7 seconds he could even afford to let the second qualifying of the IDM buzz. After completing the Q2 without Reiti, he was still on pole position with a 1.35 second gap.
Qualifying | P1 | 1:38.529 min (-1.352)
IDM Race 1
17:25 o’clock, weather 27 ° C, dry. Best conditions for the 25 IDM Superbike pilots. With already a few kilometers in the bones, Markus started into the first IDM race of the weekend. With the best track knowledge, Markus rode a safely start-finish victory. Over the 16 laps he built up an advantage of 11.632 seconds on his pursuers and with 25 victory points the championship account of Markus „Reiti“ Reiterberger swelled to 220 points. The eighth victory of the BMW Motorrad pilot from Bavaria in his ninth race of the season.
IDM Race 2
Markus missed the IDM Warm Up, as he had already inspected the track a few minutes earlier with his WorldSBK bike. The start for the first race went well for Markus as expected and he came as the leader with two seconds from the first lap. Due to an accident the race was canceled with a red flag but a restart with Quick-Restart-Procedure was due. The second start also went according to plan, but Markus was lucky that he was not cleared by one of his competitors in the first corner. Dominik Vincon was touched in the starting funnel, thus missing the safe braking point. Only a few centimeters separated him in his emergency journey across the first curve from the back of the leaders bike. The remaining race laps were the same as those of the last races – Reiterberger, then nothing remained for a long time. With the WorldSBK sessions in the bones, Markus took no risk and took the pace back slightly. In the end, Markus Reiterberger crossed the finish line with 9.534 seconds ahead as the new International German Champion of the class IDM Superbike 1000. It is the third championship for Reiterberger together with his team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW.
The IDM includes two more race-weekends in the Motorsportarena Oschersleben and on the Hockenheimring.