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  • 24H SPA EWC Motos – Successful Testing

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport, 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship, BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, #37 BMW M 1000 RR, Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Jérémy Guarnoni (FRA), Kenny Foray (FRA)
    BMW Motorrad Motorsport, 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship, BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, #37 BMW M 1000 RR, Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Jérémy Guarnoni (FRA), Kenny Foray (FRA)

    24H SPA EWC Motos – Successful Testing: – The return of motorcycle endurance racing to Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). The 24H SPA EWC Motos comes on the first weekend in June from 2nd to 5th marks the second event of the season in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) 2022 and are also the home race for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team headed by Team Manager Werner Daemen.

    In preparation for the 24-hour race, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team on the Ardennes Rollercoaster took part in two days of training at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Tuesday and Wednesday. The team, with bike riders Markus Reiterberger (German), Ilya Mikhalchik (Ukraine), Jérémy Guarnoni and Kenny Foray (both French), worked on various electronics and chassis solutions for the #37 BMW M 1000 RR and completed some wide-ranging tyre tests.

    The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team riders also had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The testing was a success with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team proving just how fast the #37 BMW M 1000 RR can go. On both days, the riders not only set the fastest times but also new lap records; on Tuesday with a time of 2:20.887 minutes  and on Wednesday with 2:20.344 minutes. Both times were set by Reiterberger.

    Reactions to testing at Spa-Francorchamps.

    “The test went really well. We set the overall fastest lap time and also the average speed was really good. We tested a lot with tyres, brakes and everything and to be honest, it looks good. But now we have to make the same in the race. The race pace was good. We had very hot weather, it even was a bit too hot for our bike, but that’s okay. It was a good preparation for the race.”

    Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team

    “That was some excellent testing, with fastest times and new lap records. I felt really good from the very first lap. We completed a comprehensive testing schedule. However, the circuit is challenging and provides so many variants and lines that we riders had to get used to it all first. We improved lap by lap, and at the end of day one I was able to post a new lap record with 2:20.887 minutes. We then did even better than that on the second day. I am very happy, particularly because my pace on used race tyres was very good. The team did a fantastic job. I am certainly feeling very confident. The circuit is superb, our motivation knows no limits and we are all set for the race.”

    – Markus Reiterberger

    “The test was quite okay. Actually, I did not have my best feeling on the bike because I still don’t know the track 100 per cent and need a few more laps and more time on this track, but we will have the time for that during free practice in the race week. Overall, the team did a good job. The bike is really good and now I am looking forward to the race. Let’s fight for a top result and enjoy this beautiful circuit!”

    Ilya Mikhalchik

    “For me, it was the first time riding at the Spa circuit and it was a great experience. The track is really nice, completely amazing, but it is not easy to get fast. I am quite happy with the lap time I did and of course I still can improve a lot. The bike was really good, especially for a stint and also the tyres worked really well. So we will try to further improve in the race and give our best.”

    Jérémy Guarnoni

    “For me, it was a short test but I was happy to ride here because it is always great to ride at Spa. The bike is ready, everything is ready, so now I hope that the team can get a good result in the race.”

    Kenny Foray
  • BMW S1000 RR dominates in Těrlicko – Czech Republic

    BMW S1000 RR dominates the International Road Racing Championship in Těrlicko – Czech Republic
    BMW S1000 RR dominates the International Road Racing Championship in Těrlicko – Czech Republic

    BMW S1000 RR dominates the International Road Racing Championship in Těrlicko – Czech Republic

    Once again at the third round of the International Road Racing Championship season, in Těrlicko in the Czech Republic, there was no getting past the BMW racers.

    The BMW S 1000 RR claimed the top four positions and first three positions in two races. In race one, Erno Kostamo (FIN / 38 Motorsport) finished in the top podium spot. Davey Todd (GBR / WEPOL Racing) followed in second place, ahead of his team-mate Marek Červený (CZE) in third place. Didier Grams (GER / G & G Motorsport by BMW Motorrad) rounded off the top-four lockout in race one.

    The second race was red flagged after three laps after a rider fell, and, due to a combination of factors including bad weather, was not restarted since there were delays in the schedule. This time it was Todd who won, Kostamo finished second and Grams third. Todd leads the championship standings.

  • BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and the new BMW S 1000 RR secured Pole position and a podium at Donington Park

    Tom Sykes (GBR) secured the first pole position
    Tom Sykes (GBR) secured the first pole position

    BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team once again had cause to celebrate at Donington Park (GBR). In Saturday’s Superpole qualifying, Tom Sykes (GBR) secured the first pole position for the new BMW S 1000 RR in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).

    He then finished runner-up in the afternoon’s opening race, claiming the second WorldSBK podium for the new RR. Peter Hickman (GBR), who is standing in for Markus Reiterberger (GER) at Donington Park, finished fourth in Superpole qualifying and seventh in the race. Reiterberger was forced to pull out of this weekend’s event with a severe viral infection.

    Donington Park is the venue for round eight of this season’s WorldSBK. Sykes already showed on Friday that he feels comfortable on the RR at his home circuit in Great Britain, setting the fastest time of the free practice sessions.

    Conditions were initially damp for Saturday’s Superpole, before the track started to dry out. Sykes secured pole position with an advantage of almost a second over Jonathan Rea (GBR / Kawasaki). This was the 49th pole position for Sykes, who holds the record for the most poles in WorldSBK. Hickman, who is familiar with the BMW S 1000 RR from the British Superbike Championship (BSB) and road racing, and knows the Donington Park circuit well, qualified fourth to secure a good starting position for race one.

    The Saturday race then took place in wet conditions. Sykes was passed by Rea at the start, but his second place never looked under threat throughout the entire 23-lap race. He also set the fastest lap of the race en route to the podium. Hickman lost several positions at the start, but then found a good rhythm and rode a flawless race to cross the finish line in seventh place.

    After race one at Donington Park,

    “I AM REALLY HAPPY. THE SPEED HAS BEEN THERE ALL WEEKEND, CERTAINLY IN DRY CONDITIONS. IT WAS JUST FANTASTIC TO CLAIM POLE POSITION THIS MORNING. IN THE RACE IN WET CONDITIONS, WE HAD SOME LIMITATIONS BUT IT’S GREAT TO BRING IT HOME IN SECOND POSITION. IT’S STILL REALLY QUITE INCREDIBLE WHERE WE ARE AS IT IS SO EARLY IN THE PROGRAMME. CREDIT TO THE ENTIRE BMW MOTORRAD WORLDSBK TEAM. WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS OUTSTANDING. I’M REALLY HAPPY TO NOW HAVE TWO PODIUMS ON TWO CONSECUTIVE WEEKENDS. IT WOULD BE NICE FOR ALL GUYS IN THE GARAGE IF WE COULD KEEP THIS MOMENTUM. AS I SAID, WE HAD SOME LIMITATIONS TODAY IN THE WET AND WE WILL TRY TO IMPROVE THAT. IN DRY CONDITIONS, I FEEL READY TO RACE ANYWAY, SO I AM REALLY QUITE RELAXED AT THE MOMENT AND ENJOY MY RACING.”

    TOM SYKES
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