Two aspiring and talented young riders will be racing BMW S 1000 RR machines for a second year, but with a new team in the 2010 German Superbike Championship (IDM). Filip Altendorfer and Toni Wirsing will represent the ‘Sport-Evolution BMW Motorrad Junior-Team’ that will race BMW motorcycles in the Superbike IDM 2010.
Young guns to master the BMW S 1000 RR
Both riders were part of the Alpha Technik van-Zon squads that contested the 2009 series and will now ride for the Sport Evolution race team from Coblence that is well known for nurturing and developing promising young talent. Having won the IDM Supersport Championship in 2008 with Arne Tode, the Sport Evolution team graduated to the Superbike class and made an instant impression with Tode – winning two races and finishing fifth overall in the series.
For 2010, Filip Altendorfer and Toni Wirsing will start their second full season riding the BMW S 1000 RR superbike. Both young racers bring a year’s experience of top-flight competition with them from the 2009 IDM series. Filip Altendorfer already showed his potential as an up-and-coming Superbike Junior rider last year when he scored a seventh place finish at the Nürburgring in May, eventually finishing in 16th place in the overall rankings. The 23-year-old from Raubling, who has made the journey to Superbike racing via the IDM 125cc and Yamaha R6 Cup classes, will be hoping that regular top 10 finishes will be achievable in this year’s eight-round, 16-race series.
Altendorfer’s team-mate, Toni Wirsing, made the step up to the IDM series via the 250cc European Championship. Although only 18-years-old when he first sat on a superbike in 2009, the youngster from Chemnitz was among the points in his first race, eventually finishing in 30th place. With the experienced team leader Dietmar Franzen managing the Sport Evolution team for 2010, both BMW Juniors will have an extremely promising foundation on which to develop their talent throughout the 2010 IDM season, which begins on 23 April at the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz.