After securing the Manufacturers’ title two weeks ago, BMW had even more reason to celebrate at last weekend’s penultimate round of the 2013 International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) at Hockenheim, Germany, as the fight for the Riders’ title was decided, with one round to spare.
In his first full season in the closely-fought IDM Superbike category, young German Markus Reiterberger was crowned 2013 champion. At Hockenheim, he extended his lead in the Riders’ classification by winning both races on his BMW S1000RR and can no longer be overtaken at next month’s season finale at Lausitzring, Germany. Reiterberger’s VanZon Remeha BMW Team is one of the partners who count on the direct on-site backing of BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport. With one more round still to go, BMW has already achieved its two main goals for the 2013 IDM season, which were to successfully defend both the Manufacturers’ and the Riders’ titles.
Nineteen-year old Reiterberger headed to the penultimate round with a comfortable lead and took his chance to secure his first IDM title in style. He qualified for pole position with his RR and then won both of Sunday’s races. Thus, he extended his advantage in the Riders’ championship to 82 points, with only 50 more points up for grabs at the final round.
Hockenheim was a successful round – not only for Reiterberger – but with RR riders claiming five of the six available podium positions. Race one saw a complete BMW podium, with Dutchman Arie Vos (VanZon alpha Technik BMW by Herpigny) and Australian Damian Cudlin (RAC Racing) finishing second and third respectively. In race two, Cudlin finished second behind winner Reiterberger.
In the Riders’ classification of the IDM Superbike category, Reiterberger now leads with a total of 264 points, while Cudlin is second with 182 points. In the Manufacturers’ rankings, BMW leads with 563 points and an impressive 255 points advantage over its closest rival.
“Two weeks ago at Sachsenring, BMW secured the Manufacturers’ crown and now Markus Reiterberger can celebrate his first Riders’ title in the series,” said Berthold Hauser, General Manager BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport. “Congratulations to ‘Reiti’ who showed a really strong performance this year and a big ‘Thank you’ to all BMW teams and riders who in cooperation with our specialists made this another great IDM season for BMW. But the season is not over yet. Now we are all looking forward to the final round in three weeks’ time at the Lausitzring where for sure we will see more exciting races.”