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SUPERBIKE*IDM Lausitzring final
For the second time this season, the riders from the Internationalen Deutschen Motorradmeisterschaft SUPERBIKE*IDM met again at the Lausitzring for the final round of the season. In the Team Van ZON-Remeha-BMW acted all relaxed as they had the title wrapped up with Markus Reiterberger at the previous round at Hockenheim. The Team Van Zon- alpha Technik-BMW powered by Herpigny, with riders Arie Vos (NL) and Bastien Mackels (B) went about their ways rather less relaxed, as Mackels had the title in his sight in the Superstock class. In the end, lady luck was on his side to score the title in his rookie Superstock season in the Superstock class.
Markus Reiterberger: double win again
Markus Reiterberger had an extra record to celebrate on Friday. This season had seven free practice sessions during the eight race season. During every one of those seven free practice sessions, Markus Reiterberger posted the fastest lap. “A perfect score, even if I had to learn the track with our bike every time and bettered my times mostly during the second day of practice,” accoring to the German teenager.
During the final practice session, things went less perfect, as Reiterberger had to pit with a technical issue. His mecanics were able to spot the problem rather swiftly and replaced the clutch. This lef treiterberger with little time to post a fast laptime, but he set the third fastest time in the end.
In the first race, Reiterberger had a bad start, but he rapidly got up to speed, gaining positions lap after lap. Before half race, he was able to take the lead and was able to build a cushion of two seconds by the finish. “Usually, I don’t get such bad starts,” told Reiterberger. “But it was fun to fight my way to the front.”
He seemed to have fun in the second leg too, even if the win seemed less easy than in the first race. “The second race was pretty hard work untill I got by the leaders. I could hear them for the remainder of the race, but as I was in the lead, I could keep my pace up and they weren’t able to better that.”
Erwan Nigon was present during the weekend, but only as a supporter, as he still can’t move about without crutches after his crash earlier this season. “this ain’t fun. I’m healing, but I want to ride again,” Nigon stated.
Mackels champion, Vos unlucky
There was a lot at stake for IDM-Superstock rider Bastien mackels and his Team Van Zon – alpha Technik – BMW powered by Herpigny during the last races of the season. It was all or nothing for the young Belgian.
Even if he didn’t feel particulary nervous prior to the race, Mackels had two minor crashes during practice. This hurt his confidence during the last race and it took him a while to push again. “In the end I was able to score the pole in Superstock,” spoke Mackels. “But it was hard to free my head after those spills. But I managed to do i tand brake deep into the corners again.”
In the first race, his nerves weren’t helped when he pulled into the pits after a couple of laps. “ A glitch in the injection system,” declared BMW technician Kurt Böck afterwards. “ For safety reasons the bike switches into a safety mode, cutting the power.” It took for laps to resolve the matter and Backels raced out of the pits agian, only just finishing 75% of race distance so he scored nine championship points.
In the second race, Mackels had to finish in front of his nemesis, Daniël Sutter. Mackels was able to pull out a lead of two seconds, but Sutter didn’t give in. In the last lap, Sutter attacked, but Mackels was able to respond, retake the lead and win the race with 0,164 in hand, crowning him Superstock champion.
“This is outrageous,” spoke Mackels during the party afterwards. “ Last year I had no idea where to go in my carreer. But Werner Daemen showed up giving me this great opportunity. And now I’m a champion.”
Arie Vos got the latest version of the BMW S 1000 RR, just as in Hockenheim, where he finished second and setting the lap record. “Unfortunately I wans’t able to take full advantage in the during practice,”spoke Vos after scoring the 10th fastest laptime. “This track is totally different in the wet. So power isn’t as important as a good set-up and confidence in the bike.”
And Vos got hampered even more in the first race, finishing twelfth. “After the start I was riding in fifth or sixth place. Suddenly my right handlebar got loose. I tried to bend it back, but to no avail,” spoke Vos. And the last race of the season ended early in the pits after a technical malfunction.
1. 1.40,628 Michael Ranseder (A/Honda)
2. 1.41,059 Freddy Foray (F/Honda)
3. 1.41,062 Markus Reiterberger (D/BMW)
8. 1.41,914 Bastien Mackels (B/BMW)
10. 1.42,652 Arie Vos (NL/BMW)
1. Markus Reiterberger (D/BMW)
2. Michael Ranseder (A/Honda)
3. Stefan Nebel (D/BMW)
12. Arie Vos (NL/BMW)
19. Bastien Mackels (B/BMW)
1. Markus Reiterberger (D/BMW)
2. Mark Aitchison (AUS/Yamaha)
3. Gareth Jones (AUS/Yamaha)
11. Bastien Mackels (B/BMW)
Championship standing after 16 of 16 races
1. 314 punten Markus Reiterberger (D/BMW)
2. 187 punten Michael Ranseder (A/Honda)
3. 182 punten Damian Cudlin (AUS/BMW)
6. 148 punten Erwan Nigon (F/BMW)
7. 148 punten Arie Vos (NL/BMW)
Championship standing Superstock after 16 of 16 Races
1. 340 punten Bastien Mackels (B/BMW)
2. 338 punten Daniel Sutter (CH/Kawasaki)
3. 269 punten Dominik Vincon (D/BMW)