IDM Race Weekend in Most

17.06.2024 09:55

With a lead of just two points in the premier class of the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM), Florian Alt will be travelling to Most in the Czech Republic next weekend. In the IDM Superbike, things are very close. The other classes are similarly close. From 21 to 23 June 2024, we will see who can best navigate the twelve right-hand and nine left-hand bends at the Autodrom Most and who can put their plans into practice.

 

Florian Alt (D/Honda) likes the race track in the mining town in the north-west of the Czech Republic. The Superbike title defender stood on the podium here twice a year ago, including once at the top. The first victory in the current season is still to come. The 28-year-old German from Engelskirchen urgently needs it if he wants to keep the three-time IDM Superbike champion Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR/BMW) behind him. The Ukrainian has won the last two races. There are now only two championship points between the rivals. Alt did not miss the opportunity to test at the Schleizer Dreieck last Friday. He realised that the new version of his Honda works better than the previous one. This makes him optimistic and once again confirms the result of his spring test in Most. With Alt, Mikhalchik and Lorenzo Zanetti (I/Ducati), a triple has formed at the top of the IDM Superbike with three riders from three nations on three motorbike brands. Zanetti won the opening race at the Sachsenring. The battles are close and tough, but fair. The power density is enormous, so that almost all riders in the top ten have a chance of winning. The superbikes reach top speeds of over 300 km/h.

 

Extreme tension is in the air for Patrick Hobelsberger (D/BMW), who had to relinquish the lead in the standings due to a disqualification and slipped to fourth place in the highest German motorbike class. The Bavarian is furious and at the same time extremely motivated to turn the tables again. Bálint Kovács (HU/BMW), Leandro Mercado (ARG/Kawasaki), Hannes Soomer (EST/BMW), Toni Finsterbusch (D/BMW) and Maximilian Kofler (A/Yamaha) will also have their say.

After a bumpy start to the season and four races that he was unable to finish, the Czech Oliver König (Ducati) wants to do better in his home country. Sunday will show whether the local hero can even score his first championship points.

 

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As in the IDM Superbike, only two points separate the leaders in the Supersport class. Luca de Vleeschauwer (B/Triumph) put title favourite Andreas Kofler (A/Yamaha) under pressure with a double victory in Oschersleben. Triumph was delighted. These were the manufacturer's first ever victories in the IDM. And the fact that the juniors would perform so well in the class was a real sensation. Now we can also expect a strong presence of rookies in Most in the form of Lennox Lehmann (D/Yamaha), Dirk Geiger (D/Honda) and Marvin Siebdrath (D/Yamaha) as well as old warhorses like the world championship experienced Kyle Smith (GB/Kawasaki).

 

Some races will probably only be decided in the final metres on the last lap. The battle between the brands has been at the absolute top level for years anyway. Now the bar has been raised even higher. In 2024, more manufacturers are taking part in the championship than ever before. On board are: BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, KTM, Triumph and MV Agusta.

 

KTM is a force in the IDM Supersport 300, where Team Freudenberg is celebrating years of work with young talent. The Saxon crew has already taken several riders to the top of the world championship and is the measure of all things in the junior league.

 

Fans of sidecar racing will once again get their money's worth in Most. A packed field is expected for the rounds of the FIM Sidecar World Championship, led by Harry Payne/Kevin Rousseau (GB/F) ahead of Markus Schlosser/Luca Schmidt (CH/D).

 

One highlight follows another on the track. The programme is garnished by various Cup classes. The IDM weekend guarantees non-stop action.

 

IDM entry prices range from 5.00 euros/125 CZK for the Friday ticket to 40.00 euros/980 CZK for the entire weekend. Anyone who buys an event ticket also has free entry to the paddock.

text+photo: IDM

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