After eight rounds and 16 races, the 2012 season of the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) drew to a close last weekend with the finale in Hockenheim, Germany. It was a season in which the BMW S1000RR riders in the competitive IDM Superbike class were in a league of their own finishing with two titles for BMW Motorrad. Erwan Nigon (FRA) of Team Van Zon-alpha Technik-BMW secured the title in the Riders’ Championship, while BMW dominated the manufacturers’ standings and ended the year with a huge lead. A large part of the success was down to BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport and BMW Motorrad Deutschland, who assisted the BMW teams with all their needs.
Over the course of the eight race weekends that made up the 2012 IDM season, BMW riders and teams in the Superbike category picked up no less than 37 podium finishes: 10 wins, 14 second places and 13 thirds. Among the highlights of the season were the races at the Nürburgring (GER) and Red Bull Ring (AUT), at which BMW riders occupied every single step on the podium. Thanks to this level of success, BMW successfully completed the defense of its title in the Manufacturers’ Championship with two rounds to spare at the sixth race weekend of the season in Schleiz (GER). BMW scored a massive 644 points in 2012, 403 more than second-placed manufacturer Yamaha (241 points).
It was already clear coming into the final races in Hockenheim that the title in the Riders’ Championship was also destined for an RR rider. Three BMW riders were still in with a chance of being crowned champion at the finale. Nigon eventually clinched the title with 258 points, ahead of Austria’s Michael Ranseder of Technogym Racing Austria-Fritze Tuning with 250 points and Jörg Teuchert (GER) of Team Wilbers-BMW Racing with 224 points.
Fourth place went to Teuchert’s teammate Gareth Jones (AUS / 197 points), also on an RR. The BMW riders were left to fight it out at the front of the field again in the final races in Hockenheim: Damian Cudlin (AUS) of Team RAC Racing BMW finished ahead of Nigon to win the first race. Ranseder won race two, with Cudlin crossing the line in second place.
“I am delighted to have won the title,” said 2012 IDM Superbike champion Erwan Nigon. “The IDM is a high-quality championship. The standard of competition is extraordinarily high and there are so many strong riders. I think, generally speaking, that I had the best overall package and the best support. That was the key to winning the title. I would like to say a huge thank you to my team, HP RaceSupport and BMW Motorrad Deutschland.
“The season was not easy for me, as it was my first year in the IDM and I was racing for the first time at some of the circuits. However, my team and HP RaceSupport have so much experience that they know exactly how to set the bike up for each track and which settings are required for the engine, gearing and traction control. They also helped me to get to know the circuits and find the right lines quickly. On top of all that, I believe the RR is the best bike out there. The engine is class – it is unbelievably powerful. At the same time, the bike is really easy to ride. It goes without saying that I always had to push during the races, but I had so much confidence in the bike that I was able to do just that. I just feel at home on the RR.”
“Firstly, congratulations to Erwan Nigon and his team on winning the title,” said Berthold Hauser, Head of BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport. “For us at HP RaceSupport, the fact that all of the top four positions in the championship were occupied exclusively by BMW riders just goes to confirm the perfect cooperation between the teams and our specialists. A huge thank you goes to the teams and riders, who fought so hard to achieve this overwhelming result. All the other BMW riders also produced an impressive season for our brand. Winning the Manufacturers’ title with races to spare and the success in the Riders’ Championship underline the dominance of the RR in this top-class racing series. We can all be proud of what we have achieved together.”
“We are very pleased to have not only picked up the Manufacturers’ title for the second year in a row with the BMW S1000RR, but also to have won the Riders’ title in the IDM Superbike class for the first time. We are very proud of that,” said Kosta Lagoyannis, Head of Marketing BMW Motorrad Deutschland. “It is such a high-class series that you cannot just turn up and win easily. We finished second and third in the Riders’ Championship in recent years, and were determined to finally get our hands on this title. As such, we are all the more delighted to have achieved our goal. The RR was the dominant bike this year. Thanks to the strength of the production package of the bike, it can relatively quickly, and with little modification, be one of the front-runners in top-class racing series. The engines, which work at their very limits, also have a long life cycle. All this has resulted in an ever-increasing number of riders and teams putting their faith in the RR.
“However, a team also needs support in order to make it to the very top,” added Lagoyannis. “An immense effort is required in order to compete for the championship, as the IDM features four or five enormously strong teams from various manufacturers and with top-class riders, who are all capable of winning the title. This is where the support we gave Team Van Zon-alpha Technik-BMW and Team Wilbers-BMW Racing, paid off. Winning the Riders’ title with Erwan Nigon is a nice acknowledgement of our commitment.”