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the final of the international german motorcycle championship

Motorsport at its best, excitement and breath-taking curves await the fans at the race of the International German Championship.

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The International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) will be back in full swing in 2021. More and more top-class candidates are gathering in Germany’s highest motorbike road racing series. In the premier class Superbike 1000 alone, series manager Normann Broy expects about 30 riders. Four years after the takeover, Motor Presse Stuttgart as promoter has succeeded in bringing the then struggling series back to an exceptionally high level.

The IDM is the first choice for riders from all over Europe and beyond. The title winners Markus Reiterberger as well as the former MotoGP rider Jonas Folger used it as a springboard into the Superbike World Championship. Folger won all races in the Superbike class in 2020. The hallmarks of the high-horsepower motorbikes from BMW, Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha: over 200 hp and a top speed of around 300 km/h. Despite the Corona crisis, fans were able to follow the races in all categories. They were broadcast via live stream.

In the IDM Superbike 1000, 2021 is shaping up to be the strongest field of riders in a long time. “I’m hungry for the title after finishing second last year,” said Ukrainian Ilya Mikhalchik, who is aiming to win his third IDM title after 2018 and 2019 in the EGS-alpha-Van Zon-BMW team. A total of four riders will compete for the factory-supported team.

But the second top BMW team in the IDM has also stepped up. In addition to his regular rider, ex 125cc champion Florian Alt (Wiehl), suspension specialist Benny Wilbers is giving Bavarian IDM Superbike talent Marco Fetz from Kleinbreitenbronn a chance. The already strong BMW fraction gets additional clout with long-distance World Championship convert GERT54. The team from Saxony relies on Toni Finsterbusch and Lucy Glöckner, the grande dame in the field, as they did in the WRC last time.

Yamaha is also strongly represented in the 2021 IDM Superbike, starting with the ambitious Swiss rider Dominic Schmitter and the Austrian Philipp Steinmayr and ending with Marc Moser from Dieburg in Hesse.

Kawasaki brings a strong Frenchman to the start with Valentin Debise on the Ninja ZX10-RR. Team boss Jens Holzhauer (Wittenberge) has invested a lot of work in the new Honda CBR 1000 RR-R “Fireblade” over the winter. The crowd favourite Alessandro Polita from Italy provides the speed.

But it is not only in the IDM premier class that a top field is emerging. In the IDM Supersport 600 and in the IDM Supersport 300 junior class, the air at the top is getting even thinner. If you want to experience action all along the line, this is the place to be.

The Twin Cup, the Pro Superstock Cup, the Yamaha R3 Cup and the Northern Europe Cup are still on board. In addition, the IDM Sidecar Championships remain on the programme. The big season finale will take place at the Hockenheimring.

For more info, visit www.idm.de.

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