An Australian who became a German - Damian Cudlin moved his food point from Down Under to Gera. Until 2001, he still raced in his home race, earning several junior titles, also in the dirt track area and the junior sidecar. Since 2002, Cudlin has been part of the inventory of the FIM World Endurance Long Distance World Championship. His biggest success so far was in 2011, when he became world champion with the BMW Motorrad France 99 team.
In 2003, Cudlin came to Germany and joined the IDM Supersport on Kawasaki. However, his main attention was almost always on the long haul. In 2010, he celebrated his first international title on Yamaha - he became IDM Supersport Champion. It was a crown to which the Australian was particularly proud, because, unlike the competition, he had been completely engulfed in the championship without electronic helpers.
2010 was another highlight for Cudlin. For the injured Axel Pons he jumped at the Germany Grand Prix on the Sachsenring as a substitute driver and ironed as seventh in the race some pilots of the Worldchampions.
One year later he went to the International German Superbike Championship, where he finished fourth on a BMW S 1000 RR with five podiums from all 15 races.
The 2011 season brought further highlights. In the Pramac Racing team, Cudlin made his debut at the Japan Grand Prix in the MotoGP class - as a substitute for the injured Loris Capirossi. On the Ducati, he was on the road in the race before he failed with a technical defect. Only two weeks later, he was in the saddle of Mapfre Aspar-Ducati as a substitute for the injured Hector Barbera, but was unable to participate in the race. A highsider in the training had provided for some bruises.
Only a few weeks later the final of the long-distance World Championship started in Qatar. Cudlin was unlucky with his BMW team, as they were shot early by a competition team. The troop picked up again and marched back to the top. In the end, after eight hours, 30 seconds were missing for the victory - which would have meant the title of world champion.
Damian Cudlin is a much sought after man at the GP Racing School. The Australian spends every free minute on the racetrack and teaches on race-free weekends. Why Cudlin is a suitable man for you? In three years of BMW Motorrad France in the long-distance world championships, he had only one time to the ground. "All this was my only racing crash in a long-distance race at all," said Cudlin to Magny Cours. It was hard knotted on wood...
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