The IDM motorcycles are on their way again. The 2022 season opens at the Lausitzring this weekend. The weather is fine, the participant fields are well filled. Still, it was not easy.
While some present their new helmet design at the IDM launch at the Lausitzring, others have to wear the clothes from last year. Sandro Cortese starts his new job as a driver consultant and Toni Finsterbusch starts with a new engine.
Michel Casper Wieth will make his IDM debut this weekend as the protégé of former World Championship pilot Sandro Cortese and in partnership with the Kiefer Racing team. As part of the Yamaha bLU cRU Cup youth project. “Last weekend I had my first test with the team in the dry,” says the teenager. “I first had to get used to the ‘Motocross’ track at the Lausitzring, which was new to me. After the first sessions, I already had a lot of fun! I’m not quite happy with the time, but I’m convinced I can get even faster. We have tried many different setups and we know how to start the race weekend. The goal for the weekend is to improve my lap times a lot and place me as close to the front as possible. ”
New rule suspended
The IDM weekend began with a bulletin from those responsible for the rules. Due to massive supply bottlenecks from the system manufacturers for airbags, the obligation to use an airbag system for the event at the Lausitzring has so far been suspended. It is recommended to use airbag systems.
The next trip to the Lausitzring is for Toni Finsterbusch, as for most of his IDM Superbike colleagues, the second within a week. For the team tested there for the last time last weekend. And Finsterbusch’s engine burst at first, and then he had to break the new one in two hours. So there was only Sunday for meaningful rounds. “I was pleasantly surprised by the new chassis. On the other hand, we have problems with brake stability, which makes it difficult to find the right limit,” says Finsterbusch. These test drives almost never took place. Team manager Karsten Wolf has been in doubt in recent months. The future of motorsport Corona winter, war in Ukraine, escalating prices and major supply chain problems worried him, but in the end there was no alternative. ” That is why we continue, says Wolf to the internet portal idm.de (Source: Sportbuzzer)
lack of clothing
The current delivery bottlenecks not only make life difficult for the teams when it comes to purchasing spare parts. When it comes to team wear, there are probably still quite a few items in various containers in the port of Shanghai that have been closed for months due to a hard corona lockdown in China. Especially at BMW, in the past it was always important to have the same outfit for all teams affiliated with the factory. This season, the clothes from the previous year will be used in all championships from IDM to the World Cup. It is unclear when the delivery from China will arrive.
Bastien Mackels is on his way for the Kawasaki Weber Motos team from Switzerland for the first time this year. Although his main focus is on fast lap times, there is nothing wrong with a smart outfit. “I want to present my new helmet design on my HJC RPHA 01R,” he explains in his box. “To match the old school design on my Kawasaki ZX10RR, I asked Werner Speeckaert to create a Scott Russell tribute design! Thank you friend, it’s the best design I’ve ever had. “Another highlight for Mackels will be the world championship in long distance running in Spa.” It’s a dream come true, “he said with anticipation.