The International Bridgestone Handy Race (IHBR) is about to end: an amazing edition 2019, full of emotions.
During the international paralympic motorcycling competition, organized by FIM (Fédération International de Motocyclisme), Handi Free Riders and Diversamente Disabili with the support of the FFM (Fédération Française de Motocyclisme), disabled motorcyclists compete in the three races of the championship.
As last year, the final round will be raced at Magny Cours – France, on 27-29 September, again with the World Superbike Championship.
We met Peter Rohr, World Champion of IHBR 2018 and sponsored by DERWID in this great adventure, and we asked him some questions.
One race missing before the end of your second worldwide championship, the pressure is high. Which are your expectations?
Despite the most difficult racing conditions, the season so far has gone well. Of course I want to finish the race at Magny Cours with a victory. My competitors are even stronger this year, so I can’t afford any mistake.
I’ve been thinking about our race for 2 weeks now and tried to simulate every possible racing situation in advance. This is the best way for me to prepare myself to go beyond my limits on race day.
Looking back to that bad accident, what was the hint that pushed you to train again and come back on the track?
After my accident in 2015 my whole environment toldme that it was over now with motorcycling and I should be happy that I was still alive.
When they heard that I wanted to ride again despite my accident, most people thought I was crazy – exactly for this reason, I really wanted to get back on my motorbike.
When I was still in hospital, I was joking with my friends: I told them that when I got back on the bike, I would overtake them in the outside corner, even though I was only riding with one hand….
everyone laughed and said that the only goal was that we could at least ride our bikes for a coffee.
One year later I overtook my friends in Rijeka on the race track…
Which are you future goals?
My first goal at IBHR was to be in the top 3 in 2018 and I have achieved it.
My second goal is to defend the title in 2019. In 12 days, we will know whether this will happen.
My further goals have not yet been precisely defined, as I’m already looking forward to the 2020 season and I am curious to see how our racing series will develop.
It’s also time to show some consideration for my father, who supported me on this journey of my life from the beginning and was always on the road with me.
A big thank you also belongs to my girlfriend Martina, friend mechanic Alex and Horst of DERWID, without whom I would not have been able to afford this season with the title defense mission!
Good Luck Peter!