The last visit of the IDM Superbike class at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben was in 2014. After two years of abstinence, the highest German motorcycle class returned to the Magdeburger burden. The freshly crowned champion Markus Reiterberger also had only one goal in Oschersleben: double victory number five.
Thanks to a new timetable, the IDM visitors will now be able to enjoy a race of the Superbike 1000 class already on Saturday. One race on Saturday and Sunday will allow the spectators an even better motor racing experience at each IDM event.
Markus dominated the two free practice sessions with a best lap time of 1: 35.724 min, which he delivered already in the first session. After only six laps in the second free practice, the 23-year-old had to prematurely start his evening after a torn chain. However, the best time of the day, with one second advantage, remained. Unfortunately, the gearing of the S 1000 RR was damaged by the chain break so that Markus had to ride with the new serial engine for the rest of the weekend. A special Stocksport engine from the High Performance department of BMW Motorrad had the IDM team no longer in the parts warehouse. Compared to a HP Superstock engine, the serial engine misses a few horse power.
P1 Markus Reiterberger 1:25.724 (-1.042)
With a brand-new serial engine, Markus had a tough job during the first qualifying session. On a racing tyre he managed to get a 1: 25.482 min lap time with 0.643 seconds ahead of his team mate Danny de Boer. The performance difference to the motorcycle of his competitors seemed to impress the German champion little.
The second qualifying can be described with the BMW slogan „Efficient Dynamics“. At BMW cars it describes technical measures for efficient fuel consumption. For Markus Reiterberger, however, it can also be applied. It only took him four (!) laps in the second qualifying session to secure a 1:24 min lap time to be the unchallenged best mark.
While the other riders are still looking for the perfect bike setup, Markus was waiting in his pit box for the right moment to use a free track with a Qualifyer tyre.
Pit out – three fast laps – pole position – pit in. It can hardly be more efficient. This is the sixth pole position of the season to rider number 21.
Thanks to a new schedule, the first Superbike race took place on Saturday afternoon. And it should be a memorable afternoon for the team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW. Markus dominated the race as usual from the start, did a great job over the 18 race laps and won with 10,275 seconds ahead. Behind Markus his team mates Jan Bühn and Danny de Boer finished second and third. There was never a triple podium in an international raceing series for a single team. For Reitberger, Bühn, de Boer and the whole IDM team an outstanding achievement. De Boer was so physically weakened after the race due to a disease that he did not get to the podium, but rather disappeared in the pits, but the performance of the three riders will still be the benchmark for some time.
Markus Reiterberger celebrates his tenth victory in the eleventh race. So far, all IDM Superbike 1000 races of the season have been won by Team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW.
Prior to the second Superbike race, it had rained again, but the fort he Superbike start it was almost completely dry. Reiterberger also showed in the second race that his only opponent is his own pit board and time keeping. From the start, he dominated the action and increased his distance to team mate Danny de Boer to 10,561 seconds. Double victory number five and the eleventh consecutive victory for Markus Reiterberger.
From 29 September to 1 October, the IDM season finale will take place on the Hockenheimring. Nobody can take away the Superbike title anymore, but the new champion is aiming for another double victory this season.