- Judith Pieper-Köhler
Lets go to the cathedral of motorcycle racing IDM makes a stop at the TT Circuit Assen
After the rather disappointing weekend in the FIM Endurance World Championship with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, where Markus Reiterberger and his crew unfortunately had to retire from the Suzuka 8-hour race due to a technical issue, it's now time for the International German Motorcycle Championship in Assen, Netherlands. The TT Circuit Assen is a circuit steeped in history that has been a fixture on the Motorcycle World Championship calendar since 1949. The IDM also has an event every year on the 4.54 km long race track. However, the series uses a longer and also somewhat slower variant of the GP course.
From August 12th to 14th, Reiti will start again with the BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team and will try to extend his lead in the championship with hopefully full points. The Bavarian is currently 77 points ahead of Florian Alt (Wilbers-BMW-Racing). Reiterberger just returned from Japan on Tuesday and after just one day at home he feels ready to defend his lead and take another step towards the championship title. The only pity for the 28-year-old is that the track layout in the IDM differs from that in WorldSBK. So he can't compare his data with those of the world championship riders. There will be another guest starter this weekend with Loris Baz. The Frenchman uses the summer break of the Superbike World Championship to train at the high level of the IDM. Reiti is already looking forward to that. But now it is important to keep a cool head and to leave the race track again on Sunday with further important points. You can follow the races live on 14th of August at 12:50 h and 16:10 h under: www.idm.de/live
“After such a mixed weekend like the one I just had with the EWC in Japan, I'm particularly looking forward to the IDM in Assen. I've now had a day to recover and on Thursday I'll be on my way to Holland. I think the TT Circuit Assen is a great circuit and I've always had good results there. I am also looking forward to starting with former colleagues from WorldSBK. It will be interesting to compete with Loris on the track. I hope that the two races in Assen will bring me a little closer to the championship title. I just think it's a shame that we're using a different layout than in the World Championship. It's longer and a bit slower. But I can't do anything about it and I don't mind. Let's see what the weekend brings."