Followers of Hannes Soomer know that this season he has to balance two commitments: besides competing in the German Championship in motorcycle circuit racing (IDM), he also participates as a reserve rider for BMW in the Endurance World Championship. Due to the latter, Hannes had to skip the opening round of the German Championship in early May to recover from an injury sustained during the 24-hour race in Le Mans. Although his shoulder is not yet fully healed, he managed to secure a solid points haul in the second IDM round (Oschersleben, 31.05-02.06). Starting from seventh position, Soomer finished fifth in the first race (11 points), and in the second race, he crossed the finish line in eighth place (8 points).

"Overall, I was satisfied with the race," Hannes commented after the event. "Although it felt like we're one race behind the others. No test can give you as much insight into the bike's behavior as real race situations do, and in terms of experience, participating was definitely beneficial. I was pleased with the qualifying and the first race, as we had planned to finish in the top five. We probably would have finished in a similar position in the second race if my motorcycle hadn't been hindered by a gradually worsening technical issue. We made some useful changes while preparing for qualifying and the race, but we still have a long way to go to learn how to fully exploit all the peculiarities of the BMW, as more experienced competitors can. At least we're moving in the right direction."

Hannes will likely not take part in the next endurance race in Spa, but fans can cheer for the Viimsi rider again around Midsummer's Day when the third IDM round takes place in the Czech Republic (Most, 21-23.06).