The successful German-Belgian team has finally officially confirmed its driver race for IDM Superbike 2023. Markus Reiterberger is no longer included in the line-up. Ilya Mikhalchik becomes the first title hunter.
Fans and drivers will have to wait until the beginning of May for the first race of the German International Championship IDM 2023, but behind the scenes the course is already being prepared for a great season in the highest motorcycle class in Germany. The Belgian Werner Daemen and Andy Gerlich from Heilbronn, who deals with technology, have agreed on further cooperation, and hopefully be as successful as last year. With five pilots, the driver line promises not only a lot of work, but also a lot of excitement and a lot of success.
Ukrainian Ilya Mikhalchik is back at the start of IDM. Old guy in the team and also on the IDM forum. The 26-year-old can already claim three IDM Superbike championship titles. The purpose is clear: number 4 is coming. Another round in the BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team is made by Kamil Krzemien from Poland. The 23-year-old’s performance showed an upward trend last year. In the final he fulfilled a big dream with his first podium position in IDM Superbike. New to the team and a promising talent from the German point of view is Max Schmidt, who will only turn 20 in mid-February and is therefore one of the youngest members of the starting field again this year. With Austria’s Philipp Steinmayr, the BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team also welcomes a new driver to its ranks. The 29-year-old is no stranger to the IDM Superbike. It will be Steinmayr’s fourth year in the championship, but for the first time on a BMW. Hungarian Bálint Kovács is new to the team and also new to IDM Superbike. In the last two years, the Hungarian has gained experience in the Spanish Superbike Championship, the Alpe Adria and the World Endurance Championship.
Raising the budget for such a luxurious IDM suite is not easy at all. “But to put something like this on one driver,” explains Daemen, “it’s impossible, it’s too expensive. That’s why we use the power of our team and run with five drivers.”
From last year, Dutchman Pepijn Bijsterbosch and Austrian Jahn Mohr will also return to the BCC-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team. “Pepijn himself will no longer drive for us in IDM,” reveals Daemen about the Dutchman, who will focus on his debut in the world long-distance championship. “He will be my right hand in the team and above all to look after our young drivers. Jan Mohr is not fit anymore after his injury last year. Depending on the development, he will be there with one card or another.
From May 12 to 14, 2023, the team will compete for the first time in a full line-up at the IDM season opener at Sachsenring and fight for the first points of the season in seven events.
23.-25.06.2023 Many (CZ)
04.-06.08.2023 Red Bull Ring (A)
18-20 August 2023 Assen (NL)
September 22-24, 2023 Hockenheim