BMW Motorsport News – Issue 13/2020.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 13/2020.

Whether in the DTM, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, or countless other
championships, week after week BMW teams and drivers around the
world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the
track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the
world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows
us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and
informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.

NLS: Three BMW M6 GT3 in the top 10 in the 6-hour race.

At the final showdown before the 24 Hours Nürburgring (GER) on
26th/27th September, three BMW M6 GT3 finished
in the top 10 this past weekend. At the ROWE 6 Hours ADAC Ruhr Cup
race, Nick Catsburg (NED), Philipp Eng (AUT), Alexander Sims (GBR) and
Nick Yelloly (GBR) in the #99 BMW M6 GT3 of ROWE Racing were the
best-placed team in fifth. In seventh and eighth places were the #42
BMW M6 GT3 of BMW Team Schnitzer, driven by Augusto Farfus (BRA), Jens
Klingmann (GER), Martin Tomczyk (GER) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA),
and the #34 BMW M6 GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport with Jordan Pepper
(RSA) and David Pittard (GBR) at the wheel. The second ROWE Racing car
was unable to take part in the race after an accident in qualifying.
In the SP10 class, the #1 BMW M4 GT4 of Pixum CFN Team Adrenalin
Motorsport with drivers David Griessner (AUT), Yannick Fübrich (GER)
and Florian Naumann (GER) celebrated the class win. The BMW Junior
Team finished fourth in their second race at the wheel of the BMW M4
GT4 in the SP8T class. Overall, the BMW M customer racing teams were
victorious in the five classes CUP5, SP10, SP4, V4 and VT2 at the
season highlight of the Nürburgring Endurance Series.

BMW M240i Racing Cup: One-two win for AVIA Sorg
AVIA Sorg Rennsport celebrated a one-two
result in the CUP5 class at the highlight of the Nürburgring Endurance
Series season. At the wheel of the #695, Heiko Eichenberg and Moritz
Oberheim (both GER) were victorious after six hours of racing ahead of
their team-mates Ivan Berets (ITA), Brett Lidsey (GBR) and Moran Gott
(GBR). Third place went to Marcel Marchewicz, Tim Neuser, Luca-Sandro
Trefz (all GER) and Esteban Guerreri (ARG) of Schnitzelalm Racing. The
leaders of the overall standings thus far, David Griessner (AUT),
Yannick Fübrich (GER), Sindre Setsaas (NOR) and Francesco Merlini
(ITA) of Pixum CFN Team Adrenalin Motorsport only finished in eighth,
after they were awarded a retrospective penalty for violating
regulations during a pit stop.

GT4/TC America: Bill Auberlen continues winning
A week ago, Bill Auberlen (USA) set a new record
with the 61st IMSA win of his career at the IMSA race
weekend at “Virginia International Raceway” (USA). A day later he also
won the Michelin Pilot Challenge race. Now he has added a victory in
the GT4 America SprintX to his impressive run. In the first of three
races at Road America (USA), he won alongside James Walker Jr. (USA)
in the BMW M4 GT4 of BimmerWorld Racing, with the duo making it onto
the podium again in the second race, finishing in P2. Auberlen and
Walker Jr. finished the closing third race in 10th place.
Harry Gottsacker (USA) and Nick Wittmer (CAN) of Team ST Racing
finished second in the first race, which saw them get the win in the
Silver class. In race three, fourth place overall saw the duo finish
second in their class. In ST Racing’s second car, Jon Miller (USA) and
Samantha Tan (CAN) finished third in the Silver category in the second race.

In TC America, the dominance of the BMW M240i Racing continued at
Road America. All three podium spots went to BMW M customer racing
drivers in all three races. James Clay (USA) of BimmerWorld Racing was
unbeatable in the first two races. In the third race, finishing P2, he
was only forced to surrender to Toby Grahovec (USA) of Team Classic
BMW. Grahovec finished second in the first race and fourth in the
second race. The other spots on the podium went to Johan Schwartz
(DEN, Hard Motorsport), Chandler Hull (USA, BimmerWorld Racing) and
Austen Smith (USA, Auto Technic Racing).

Italian GT Championship: Fourth and second place for BMW Team
In the second race of the Italian GT Endurance
Championship season in Imola (ITA), BMW Team Italia finished in fourth
place in the overall standings with the BMW M6 GT3. Stefano Comandini
(ITA), Marius Zug (GER) and BMW works driver Bruno Spengler (CAN)
shared the wheel. In the GT4 class, Francesco Guerra, Simone
Riccitelli and Nicola Neri (all ITA) in the BMW M4 GT4 finished in
second place, like at the season opener in Mugello (ITA).

British GT Championship: GT4 podium for Century
Century Motorsport made it onto the GT4
class podium with the BMW M4 GT4 in the British GT Championship race
at Brands Hatch (GBR). Initially, Ben Green and Andrew
Gordon-Colebrooke (both GBR) finished in third place, but a
retrospective penalty was awarded to a rival which saw them move up
into second place.

BTCC: Further podiums for Colin
Colin Turkington (GBR) of Team BMW finished
on the podium twice at the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)
race weekend at Knockhill (GBR) to defend his lead in the driver
standings. Despite his BMW 330i M Sport carrying heavy success
ballast, he finished in second place in both of the first two races.
He finished ninth in the third race. His team-mate Tom Oliphant (GBR)
finished in eighth, sixth and fourth in the three races. This further
strong points haul saw Team BMW extend their lead in the team
standings and BMW extend theirs in the manufacturers’ standings.

Sim racing: Three BMW DTM drivers to contest the DTM Esports
Over the next weeks, the DTM will hold its
first official Esports series: the DTM Esports Championship. A total
of 18 top sim racers, who will secure their spot in the championship
in qualifying races, will then join forces with six current DTM
drivers to take each other on. For BMW M Motorsport, Timo Glock (GER),
Lucas Auer (AUT) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) will take on the
challenge in the virtual BMW M4 DTM. They will each form a team of
four with three qualifying sim racers. The DTM Esports Championship
will take place in September and October, with four races of 20
minutes each, the final of which will be the Grand Finale.

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BMW Championship thriller: Jon Rahm defeats Dustin Johnson with a sensational putt in playoff.

BMW:BMW Championship thriller: Jon Rahm defeats Dustin Johnson with a sensational putt in playoff.

  • BMW Championship finishes with a playoff between the two
    best players in the world rankings.
  • Jon Rahm (ESP), world no. 2, wins the BMW Championship with
    a memorable birdie putt on the first extra hole at Olympia Fields
    Country Club (Chicago, USA).
  • Following on from his victory to open the Playoffs last
    week, world no. 1 Dustin Johnson (USA) has to be content with
    second place.
  • Just five players remain under par on the challenging North Course.


Chicago/Munich. The 70 best pros in the FedExCup ranking went
head to head at the penultimate Playoff tournament on the PGA TOUR.
The North Course at the Olympia Fields Country Club (Chicago, USA)
required the pros to make the most of all their skills. When it came
to the crunch, Jon Rahm (-4) produced an impressive performance on
Sunday to record the best round of the entire week. The 2018 Ryder
Cup winner rounded off his outstanding performance by sinking a
20-metre putt in a playoff to secure his fifth win on the PGA TOUR.

After the first round, which the 25-year-old Spaniard ended on 5 over
par, there was no sign of him heading for his fifth PGA TOUR win.
However, Rahm gradually worked his way back up the leaderboard and
produced a final-day performance that was more than worthy of a
Playoff tournament winner. Rahm not only recorded the best round of
the week as he carded 6 under par, but followed that by conjuring up a
birdie putt across the width of the 18th green in his playoff against
world no. 1 Dustin Johnson to lay claim to the prestigious title. The
playoff between the two best players in the world rankings was the
most spectacular way to round off the BMW Championship.

“Congratulations to Jon Rahm on capturing the BMW Championship,” said
Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO, BMW of North America. “On behalf of
everyone at BMW, I’d like to thank the Western Golf Association, the
PGA TOUR and the volunteers who helped out this week. A special thank
you also to the great grounds crew at Olympia Fields who kept the
course in exceptional condition, and to the members of the club for
their continuing support of the Evans Scholars Foundation. The BMW
Championship is so important because of what it gives back to so many
young caddies, so we’re especially happy to host the event during this
unique time.”

BMW Championship winner from 2010 and 2016 Johnson has his own
outstanding putt to thank for forcing a playoff contest. Trailing by
one stroke as he approached the 72nd hole, the 36-year-old had to sink
a putt from nearly 14 metres to claim the birdie he required. It is
rare indeed to see two such outstanding putts under intense pressure
in such a short space of time as during those decisive minutes at the
BMW Championship 2020.

Behind Rahm and Johnson, Joaquin Niemann from Chile and Japan’s
Hideki Matsuyama (both -2) shared third place. Tony Finau (USA, -1)
finished fifth. Rory McIlroy (NIR, +3), winner of the BMW Championship
2012, was in the lead after two rounds, but dropped down into tied
twelfth place at the weekend. This week, the overall winner of the
FedExCup will be revealed at the TOUR Championship at the East Lake
Golf Club in Atlanta. Johnson leads the FedExCup standings, Rahm and
Justin Thomas (USA) are in second and third.

The BMW Championship 2021 will take place in the greater Baltimore
area. The tournament will be held from 23rd to 29th August at the
Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills.

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Intensive weeks ahead for the BMW DTM teams: Triple-header in Assen and at the Nürburgring.

BMW:Intensive weeks ahead for the BMW DTM teams: Triple-header in Assen and at the Nürburgring.

Munich. Three weekends, three events – that is what the BMW
DTM teams can look forward to over the coming weeks. A triple-header
– rounds four to six of the season – awaits them within the compact
2020 DTM schedule. First up for the BMW M4 DTM is Assen (NED), from
4th to 6th September. That is followed by two
events at the Nürburgring (GER / 11th to 13th
September and 18th to 20th September).


The legendary “TT Circuit” in Assen hosted the DTM for the first time
last year, with BMW DTM driver Marco Wittmann (GER) catching the eye.
He took pole position and the race win on the Saturday, before
producing an impressive fightback from the back of the grid to finish
runner-up and claim a spot on the podium on the Sunday. The lap record
for the 4.555-kilometre track is held by BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng
(AUT), with a time of 1:27.860 minutes. In Assen, fans will have their
first opportunity to watch the races live from the grandstands with
10,000 spectators being permitted at the circuit on each race day.

Following the races in Assen, the BMW DTM teams travel straight to
the Nürburgring where, as at the Lausitzring (GER) earlier in the
season, they will race on two different layouts. Round five of the
2020 DTM season will be held on the 5.148-kilometre Grand Prix
Circuit, with round six taking place one week later on the shorter
3.629-kilometre layout.

Four of the BMW DTM drivers are immediately back in action after the
DTM triple-header: The following week, Wittmann, Eng, Lucas Auer (AUT)
and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) will drive in the 24-hour race on the
Nürburgring-Nordschleife (26th to 27th September).


Quotes ahead of the triple-header at Assen and the Nürburgring.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“Assen is the first stop in some intensive weeks in the DTM. After
the double-header at the Lausitzring, we now have a triple-header for
the first time, with three events on three back-to-back weekends in
Assen and at the Nürburgring. After the difficult start to the season,
the one-two with Lucas Auer and Timo Glock on the second Sunday at the
Lausitzring was very important to us all. Despite this, we know that
we must continue to work hard to close the gap to Audi – particularly
when it comes to qualifying performance. The goal is to start the
races from the front of the grid, then to convert that into victories
and podiums. We are delighted that spectators will be able to cheer us
on from the stands in Assen, for the first time this season. Fans are
what make the atmosphere in the DTM so special, and we would like to
thank everyone who helped to make this possible.”

Stefan Reinhold (BMW Team RMG Team Principal):

“After the one-two with Lucas Auer and Timo Glock on the second
Sunday at the Lausitzring, we go into the triple-header with plenty of
momentum. It kicks off in Assen, where Marco Wittmann was very
successful last year. After that, we can look forward to our double
home outing at the Nürburgring. A triple-header at two different
circuits is a challenge in terms of logistics, and our team has some
busy and tiring weeks ahead. However, we are ready and aiming to
continue where we left off at the Lausitzring.”

Bart Mampaey (BMW Team RBM Team Principal):

“A triple-header at two different racetracks – that is something new
for us in the DTM, and an exciting challenge. Logistically we will not
have a lot of time to dismantle everything, travel from Assen to the
Nürburgring, and then assemble everything again there. Additionally,
the team will hardly have chance for a breather between the individual
events. However, for us as racers, that is precisely what makes it so
appealing. The exciting question is what conditions await us there.
Both Assen and the Nürburgring are renowned for unsettled weather. Our
goal is to be well-equipped in all conditions with our three drivers,
Philipp Eng, Sheldon van der Linde and Jonathan Aberdein. We want to
back up Sheldon’s podium at the Lausitzring and are working hard to
give all three drivers the opportunity to challenge at the front of
the field.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG,
Drivers’ standings: 6th, 40 points):

“There is obviously great anticipation ahead of the triple-header. It
is something special, as we have never had three back-to-back race
weekends in the DTM. Assen was my strongest weekend last year, with
first and second place, and I took the first ever DTM pole position
and DTM victory in Assen. It is a circuit with fast corners – exactly
what suits me and what I like. Then we have two home outings for BMW
Team RMG, on two different layouts. That is really special, and we
have enjoyed home wins there in the past. I hope we can carry the
momentum from the Lausitzring, even though the second Sunday did not
go so well for me personally. However, it was a success for BMW and we
want to back that up in the coming triple-header. Let’s hope for some
good results and a lot of points.”

Timo Glock (#16 iQOO BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Driver’s
standings: 4th, 52 points):

“The triple-header in the DTM is something unique. I am already
really looking forward to it, because it means that we will spend a
lot of time in the BMW M4 DTM. At the same time, they are three
important weekends that will probably be crucial to the direction of
the championship. However, I am also looking forward to the challenge
of three race weekends on three special tracks. Assen is very quick
and challenging, with many high-speed corners. Plus, you never really
know what the weather will do there – just like at the Nürburgring. We
will race on both layouts there – once on the long one, once on the
short one. This will be my first time in a DTM car on the Grand Prix
Circuit. I am looking forward to it and am very intrigued to see how
we will cope with the three weekends. I hope we can back up the
positives from the Lausitzring, be up there in terms of speed, and
take another step forward.”

Lucas Auer (#22 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Drivers’
standings: 9th, 35 points):

“I am hugely looking forward to the triple-header, especially after
the success at the Lausitzring. Assen will be new territory for me in
the DTM, but I think it will be a really cool show. Tyre management
will be a challenge again. It is great that we can have fans at the
circuit again, and I hope we can give them two spectacular races. The
Nürburgring is one of my favourite circuits. We can expect great
racing, particularly on the longer layout. The triple-header will be a
challenge, but as a racing driver you would always prefer to be sat in
the car, and I can do just that over the next few weeks.”

Philipp Eng (#25 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM, Drivers’
standings: 11th, 20 points):

“The triple-header will be very exciting. We will be in action a lot,
but I am looking forward to the challenge. We prepared very well
during the test at the Nürburgring, and we were very good in Assen
last year. I am in good spirits, although my last race weekend at the
Lausitzring was not so good. I am confident we will put on strong showing.”

Jonathan Aberdein (#27 CATL BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR, Drivers’
standings: 12th, 11 points):

“We just come out of our back-to-back at the Lausitzring where BMW as
a whole showed some really good pace and good results, especially on
the second weekend with first and second place in race two. So
obviously we come into the triple-header with quite some confidence
that we can expand on the results from Lausitzring for BMW. I
personally am also feeling quite optimistic going into Assen and the
two events at the Nürburgring after, showing some strong pace in the
dry on the second weekend at the Lausitzring. So I am very much
looking forward to it and I think this is the first ever triple-header
in DTM so this is also going to be a challenge but I am also very excited.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM,
Drivers’ standings: 10th, 29 points):

“I think we had two very positive weekends at Lausitzring including
my first DTM podium. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to translate our
strong performance into results on the second weekend but that does
not change my motivation. Now I am fully ready for Assen which is one
of my favourite circuits on the calendar along with Spa. From a
driving point of view I can’t wait to be back and I can’t wait to have
the fans back as well. This is going to be super special and I think
this will make us realize how much we missed them and how much they
have a role to play in our success. I hope that I will be able to
share a few podiums with them, that will be the goal for us. I am
looking forward to getting more points, the car is competitive now and
we are making progress. I hope that we can keep doing that and race to
the podium.”


Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team ends difficult first Aragón weekend.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team ends difficult first Aragón weekend.

Alcañiz. After a disappointing Saturday at MotorLand Aragón
(ESP), BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team worked hard overnight which saw
them make some improvements. Despite the difficult starting position
in Sunday’s race, this progress enabled them to finish in the
points. Tom Sykes (GBR) crossed the finish line in 12th,
his team-mate Eugene Laverty (IRL) finished in 14th.


Sykes and Laverty started the Superpole Race on Sunday morning from
14th and 18th on the grid. Sykes moved up into
11th place right at the start but was pushed aside in the
turmoil entering Turn 8 and was forced to swerve through the gravel.
Unfortunately, he collided with Leandro Mercado (ARG) as he returned
to the track, who fell and unfortunately injured himself. Sykes
finished the Superpole Race in 15th place, with Laverty
right behind him in 16th. In the second main race on Sunday
afternoon, the two riders finished in the points after starting near
the back of the grid, Sykes in P12 and Laverty in P14.

This coming weekend sees BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team in action again
at the same track, with part two of the FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK) double header at MotorLand Aragón.

Quotes after race two at MotorLand Aragón.

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
“After yesterday’s disappointments the guys worked
really hard overnight and I have to thank the whole team for that. The
guys went out this morning in warm up and put in a solid session. The
Superpole Race was always going to be a problem from that far back, we
have not got a lot to fight with on the long straights as we know, and
that carried into the race. I think Eugene did well to consolidate
some results as his confidence was low after the issue yesterday, so I
have to applaud him for his efforts. He buckled down and he can sleep
on that and come back stronger next week. With Tom starting from so
far back he was getting mixed up with guys that are stronger in other
areas than him. I think when Tom had the clear track, and a gap, he
could reel off those low 1’51 lap times. As soon as he got in the
company of everyone else, he was in a battle with nothing to fight
with so it was quite predictable where he would end up. He could maybe
have squeezed into the top 10 but we just wanted to consolidate these
results and concentrate on the race here next week.”

Tom Sykes: “It was a shame in the Superpole Race.
Chaz Davies made a miscalculation in one corner which pushed me out
wide and left me nowhere to go. This is a shame as Tati Mercado got
injured in the aftermath which is something you never want to see.
Race two was frustrating, we had certainly had the pace to get away
from the guys, but we had those limitations on the straights which
undid all the hard work we did in the corners catching them up.”

Eugene Laverty: “The weekend as a whole has been so
tough, which I didn’t see coming. Starting down the grid made it
difficult, but we just didn’t have the pace. However, finally today we
found what we needed so we were able to make progress with the bike in
the final race two. So that at least gives us some direction for next
week in Aragón, but we have lost an entire weekend.”

Original Press Release

Dramatic end for BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team at the “24 Heures Motos” in Le Mans.

BMW:Dramatic end for BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team at the “24 Heures Motos” in Le Mans.

Le Mans. The “24 Heures Motos” in Le Mans (FRA) came to a
dramatic, unfortunate end for BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team.
After almost 24 hours of racing, the #37 BMW S 1000 RR retired 12
minutes before the finish. The trio of Kenny Foray (FRA), Markus
Reiterberger (GER) and Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) were in fifth place at
the time. The 2019/20 season marks the debut season of the team in
the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC).


Traditionally, the endurance classic in Le Mans is held in April, but
this year it was postponed until the end of August due to the
coronavirus. The weather, however, was very much like the typical
weather in April. There were intermittent rain showers and the 24
hours were characterised by changeable conditions and falls, with the
safety car having to be deployed several times.

BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team started the racing marathon from
second on the grid. The #37 BMW S 1000 RR took the lead in the opening
phase. The first rain started after two hours, and made the surface
very slippery. Foray’s rear wheel skidded and he fell in the gravel,
but was able to continue the race. The team was now in fourth place,
the #37 remaining in this position until the early hours before
dropping down a place into fifth. It rained again in the final minutes
of the race, and Mikhalchik fell shortly before the finish line. He
was taken to the medical centre for treatment, but suffered only minor injuries.

GERT56 by GS YUASA had reason to celebrate: The privateer BMW team
celebrated victory in the Superstock class (8th place
overall) and are top in the overall standings for this category. The
#56 BMW S 1000 RR was ridden by Stefan Kerschbaumer (AUT), Lucy
Glöckner (GER) and Toni Finsterbusch (GER). Team LRP Poland finished
in 14th place overall (10th place in the EWC
class) with the #90 BMW S 1000 RR and riders Dominik Vincon (GER),
Kamil Krzemien (POL) and Bartlomiej Lewandowski (POL).

The season finale of the 2019/20 FIM EWC, a 12-hour race in Estoril
(POR), will be held on Saturday 26th September.

Quotes from the “24 Heures Motos” in Le Mans.


Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “It’s
a real shame that our Le Mans debut ended so dramatically. Overall, it
was great that a race was finally able to be held for the scheduled
duration but the weather made it a very difficult, chaotic race, and
it wasn’t possible to make any strategic plans for much of the race.
On top of that, compared with the Bol d’Or we were unlucky in terms of
the timing of the rain and safety car phases. But it was the first
test of endurance for the BMW S 1000 RR in the FIM EWC, and we came
through pretty well until shortly before the end, despite Kenny’s
minor fall after two hours. We were able to see that with regard to
consumption we are the best in the field, and we were up there at the
front in the pit stops as well. The only thing we are lacking is a bit
of pace in certain conditions. Which is why we are so disappointed
that our race came to an end so close to the finish when Ilya fell in
the drizzle. But we win together and lose together. The most important
thing is that Ilya wasn’t hurt more seriously. A huge thanks goes to
the whole team and the riders for their hard work before and during
the race. Now we will rally ourselves, leave the disappointment behind
us and focus all our attention on preparing for Estoril. We want to
finish our rookie season with a strong result there.”

Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team:

“I feel very disappointed, not only for me but for the whole team and
all those who were working hard for a good result. In the first two
races we saw that we are podium candidates in this championship and I
think that this weekend we showed once again that we can fight for the
podium and that we are able to fight for victory – if everything goes
right. But this weekend, Lady Luck was not on our side, but that is
also racing. Now we will take the positives, go forward and prepare
hard for Estoril.”


Kenny Foray: “It was a good race, even if the result
for sure is not what we expected because it is always difficult to
finish like this. But I think that we need to look at the positives.
The bike was incredible over the entire race distance, the pace of the
riders was as well. For sure we need to improve in some areas, but I
am pretty sure that this is possible because I believe in the team.
And I think that we will have more luck in the next race.”


Markus Reiterberger: “First of all, huge thanks to
the whole team, who worked so hard after the very good test and made
further improvements to everything for the event. And to the
organisers who made it possible for the race to take place. In the
race, Kenny’s fall in heavy rain saw us drop down the field slightly,
but all of us then did a good job, focussed during our stints and I
was able to get a few very fast lap times during the night. We gave it
everything, but it was difficult to catch the guys in front of us
again. Which is why we would have been very pleased with fifth place
in the end. The familiar pitfalls of endurance races made their
appearance over these 24 hours: freak weather, crashes, safety car
phases. It really was a very, very difficult and long race.
Unfortunately, we didn’t receive our reward in the end. It’s a real
shame for the whole team who worked so hard. But we need to keep
looking forward. We have seen what we are capable of and we will build
on that.”


Ilya Mikhalchik: “It was my mistake. I was too fast
in my stint. The other guys slowed down but I kept going at my pace,
made a small mistake, went too wide and there was a bump and I just
lost the front. We were in P5 and I tried to give my best, as always.
I want to say a big, big sorry to BMW and to my team who did a
fantastic job over the entire weekend. The bike was really great and
fast over the whole 24 hours and would even have been able to win the
race. But the tricky weather conditions did not give us this chance.
Sorry again to the whole team, to all the fans and everyone who
supports us. Let’s not repeat this bad experience in the future.”

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team experiences a difficult Saturday in WorldSBK at MotorLand Aragón.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team experiences a difficult Saturday in WorldSBK at MotorLand Aragón.

Alcañiz. It never rains but it pours – that just about sums up
Saturday at MotorLand Aragón (ESP) for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team. The circuit near Alcañiz is hosting the fourth round of the
2020 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). Tom Sykes (GBR)
and Eugene Laverty (IRL) finished 14th and
18th in Superpole qualifying. In the race itself, Sykes
had to retire and Laverty came home in 16th place.


In the final few minutes of Superpole qualifying on Saturday morning,
Sykes was on course for a top result. On his flying lap on qualifying
tyres, he and the BMW S 1000 RR set the fastest time for the first
sector. However, he then crashed out. As such, he had to settle for
14th place on the grid, with Laverty in 18th.

Laverty then fell on the way to the grid for race one, due to a
mechanical error. He was able to start the race, and managed to work
his way into 14th place. However, he was then handed a
ride-through penalty as the team had worked on the bike on the grid
for too long. This resulted in him dropping back and eventually
narrowly missing out on the points in 16th place. Sykes
climbed into 11th place in the early stages of the race but
was then forced to retire on lap four with a technical issue.

Quotes after race one at MotorLand Aragón.

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
“In Superpole, it was just not to be. Tom gave his all,
he was clearly on for a front row start if he would have been
successful completing the lap. But that’s what Superpole is like. From
there it made it difficult to start from so far back. Eugene just had
a front end problem, a lot of chatter, and effectively it is one lap
and gone. So that was Superpole. We then had a brake-line fault, a
mechanical error. For that, we apologize to Eugene, we will give him a
better bike tomorrow. On Tom’s side, we had a recurring fault on the
oil pressure and he had to retire the bike. We found the problem, and
again, we are going to do better as a team, we will overcome these
problems and make sure that they will not happen again. We will put
today behind us and focus on tomorrow. We had a good team brief with
all the guys, we consulted, we are going to make amends and come out
fighting tomorrow, clean the slate and finish on a high. That’s what
we do in a situation like this and it builds the team stronger as a group.”

Eugene Laverty: “My first lap in Superpole was my
fastest one and I wanted to build from there but unfortunately I had
problems with the front when I wanted to go with the qualifying tyre
at the end and I wasn’t able to get a lap in as I went off the track.
So starting from way down the field is always going to be tough but
unfortunately in the sighting lap, we had a brake issue so I had to
jump off the bike. I managed to get the bike back to the grid and the
guys worked fantastically to repair it just about on time to get me
starting the race. But unfortunately we ended being given a
ride-through penalty because we were still working on the bike after
the three-minute mark. Then Christophe Ponsson hat a massive crash in
front of me and I had to go through the gravel to avoid him. So just
everything that could go wrong did in a sense. I just have to forget
today and work towards tomorrow.”

Tom Sykes: “It was a pity as the BMW S 1000 RR is
just so easy to manage and so enjoyable and it feels like what I
expect from a race bike. Regarding my crash in Superpole, I think I
was just a little bit caught out. I did not do anything stupid but
obviously I ran over the edge of the tyre on the front. It was a
little bit my mistake and was disappointing because today with the
set-up that we got, I have to say credit to all the guys, things were
coming to the right place. In Superpole, I was on a potential pole
position lap so obviously disappointed that I made a mistake. I left
myself with a lot of work in the race but we made a good start and I
was in a position where I felt comfortable, knowing that the lead is
only a couple of seconds down the track. We had a very good race pace
all weekend and today we were got to see if it was where it needed to
be. But then we had a technical issue which was only a small oil leak
but we had to pull out. Looking at the lap times I think we would have
been able to be very strong. We’ll keep working and tomorrow is
another day.”

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team starts the “24 Heures Motos” in Le Mans from second place on the grid.

BMW:BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team starts the “24 Heures Motos” in Le Mans from second place on the grid.

Le Mans. The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team has secured
second place on the grid in an exciting, two-part qualifying for the
“24 Heures Motos” in Le Mans (FRA). The average time of the fastest
laps from each of the individual qualifying sessions was 1:36.899
minutes. The #37 BMW S 1000 RR missed out on pole position by less
than two tenths of a second.


Qualifying took place on Thursday and Friday, with the weather
unsettled at times. Regular riders Kenny Foray (FRA), Ilya Mikhalchik
(UKR) and Markus Reiterberger (GER) started in the “Blue”, “Yellow”
and “Red” groups. Peter Hickman (GBR), the team’s fourth rider in Le
Mans, lined up in the “Green” group.

Private BMW team GERT56 by GS YUASA qualified third in the Superstock
class (13th overall). Stefan Kerschbaumer (AUT), Lucy
Glöckner (GER) and Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NED) will be alternating in
the saddle of the #56 BMW S 1000 RR. The LRP Poland team starts from
17th place overall with the #90 BMW S 1000 RR and regular
riders Dominik Vincon (GER), Kamil Krzemien (POL) and Bartlomiej Lewandowski.

The 24-hour race in Le Mans marks round three of the 2019/20 season
in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC). The race starts at
12:00 on Saturday 29th August and ends at 12:00 on Sunday
30th August.

Quotes after qualifying for the “24 Heures Motos” in Le Mans.


Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“Second place on the grid is an outstanding starting position
for the 24-hour race. We showed in qualifying that we are quick in all
conditions with all our riders and the BMW S 1000 RR. However, we are
well aware that this is only the first step in endurance racing. We
must now maintain the pace for 24 hours in the race, avoid making any
mistakes, and have that little bit of luck you need when racing. In a
24-hour race, nobody can predict what might happen over such a long
distance. We are definitely well-prepared and the whole BMW Motorrad
World Endurance Team will do everything it can to come away with a
strong result at midday on Sunday.” 


Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance
“I am very happy with the way the practice sessions and
qualifying played out. We only had one crash today, with Ilya in
qualifying, but these things happen, as every rider wants to do their
best and push themselves to the limit. Our BMW S 1000 RR is running
smoothly, our riders are all on top form, and our fourth rider Peter
Hickman was also very impressive. I think we can be very happy with
second place on the grid. We are now ready for the race!”


Kenny Foray: “The qualifying was not so bad for us,
especially ‘Reiti’ did an absolutely incredible lap today. For me
personally, the feeling got better session after session and I feel
good on the bike even if I wasn’t able to go my pace so far. But I am
convinced that it will be okay during the race. We have all the
ingredients for a really good race. We riders are all fast and the
team is strong so I expect the best. But 24 hours are 24 hours and I
think that the weather will not be the best as we expect some rain,
but we will see. I am sure that we can achieve a really, really good result.”


Ilya Mikhalchik: “Overall, we have a strong package.
All riders set fast lap times and have a strong pace and this is
important in an endurance race. The bike also is really consistent and
overall easy to ride, which is also good. So I am definitely looking
forward to this long race. We will rest this night to be ready and fit
tomorrow and then we try to enjoy these 24 hours of racing.”

Markus Reiterberger: “We were a bit unlucky with the
weather yesterday, but we were able to recover well in the better
conditions today. Kenny improved his lap time, Ilya unfortunately
crashed, and I had to switch to the reserve bike – but we still
managed to set the fastest time of the day. Qualifying was suspended
after that, because another rider crashed. Maybe I could have gone
even faster, as I felt great on the bike. Whatever, we have a good
starting position for the race. The pace is there and everyone is
doing a superb job. We must now ensure that we get off to a good
start, avoid any crashes or mistakes, and get through the 24 hours
without any technical issues.”

Peter Hickman: “It is great to be with the BMW
Motorrad World Endurance Team. The bike itself was new for me but it
has been good and I really enjoyed it. I am happy. I am here as the
reserve rider and it was about to get to know the bike as much as
possible in case I am needed. The team is really strong and the three
regular riders all set real strong lap times and all are comfortable
on the bike. The team is strong for the race, all have a good pace.
Who knows what happens when we get going but fingers crossed for
tomorrow and Sunday.”

Original Press Release

Three teams and many BMW works drivers compete in the BMW M6 GT3 at the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

BMW:Three teams and many BMW works drivers compete in the BMW M6 GT3 at the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

Munich. The Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER) will take place on
26th/27th September, several months later than
originally planned. Although the 50th anniversary of the
endurance classic on the Nordschleife will be held in difficult
circumstances, BMW M Motorsport still fields a strong contingent as
it looks for overall victory number 20 for BMW. Some of the best BMW
works drivers in GT racing will be at the wheel of the five BMW M6
GT3s which will be run by BMW Team Schnitzer, ROWE Racing and
Walkenhorst Motorsport. This weekend’s ROWE 6 Stunden ADAC
Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen serves as a dress rehearsal for the teams and drivers.


“Like the whole motorsport season, this year’s 24-hour race will be
held under difficult circumstances,” said BMW Group Motorsport
Director Jens Marquardt. “This event, more than most others, thrives
on the unique atmosphere around the circuit. That makes it all the
more disappointing that the 50th anniversary – of both the
race and the first BMW victory – cannot be held in the festival
environment that we all love and are used to. Despite that, we will do
everything we can to put on a great show. Our goal is to challenge for
the 20th overall victory for BMW with the BMW M6 GT3. To
achieve that, we have a whole host of strong drivers and proven
Nordschleife experts in our squad.”

ROWE Racing and Walkenhorst Motorsport will each field two BMW M6
GT3s, while BMW Team Schnitzer will run one car.

The driver line-ups at a glance:

BMW Team Schnitzer, #42 BMW M6 GT3:

Augusto Farfus (BRA)

Jens Klingmann (GER)

Martin Tomczyk (GER)

Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)

ROWE Racing, #98 BMW M6 GT3:

Lucas Auer (AUT)

Stef Dusseldorp (NED)

Philipp Eng (AUT)*

Marco Wittmann (GER)

ROWE Racing, #99 BMW M6 GT3:

Nick Catsburg (NED)

Philipp Eng (AUT)*

Alexander Sims (GBR)

Nick Yelloly (GBR)

Walkenhorst Motorsport, #100 BMW M6 GT3 (AM class):

Friedrich von Bohlen (GER)

Mario von Bohlen (GER)

Henry Walkenhorst (GER)

Andreas Ziegler (GER)

Walkenhorst Motorsport, #101 BMW M6 GT3 (PRO class):

Mikkel Jensen (DEN)

Christian Krognes (NOR)

Jordan Pepper (RSA)

David Pittard (GBR)

*Philipp Eng will drive both ROWE Racing cars

Original Press Release

Postponed epilogue of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art takes place from September 5 to November 1, 2020. BMW is Corporate Partner and supports exhibition and Curatorial Workshop.

BMW:Postponed epilogue of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art takes place from September 5 to November 1, 2020. BMW is Corporate Partner and supports exhibition and Curatorial Workshop.

Munich/Berlin. Under this year’s title “The Crack
Begins Within” the 11th
Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art presents its
final chapter from September 5 to November 1, 2020:
an epilogue conceived to merge the activities from the past months.
Since its inception in 1998, the Biennale has become one of the most
important events of contemporary art worldwide and shows the latest
relevant and challenging positions independent of the art market’s and
collection’s interests. The BMW Group is long-term corporate partner
of the Berlin Biennale.

Since September 2019 and as a process over one year, the 11th Berlin
Biennale for Contemporary Art has been unfolding in three different
experiences – exp. 1, exp. 2 and exp. 3. With presentations,
performances, workshops, and artist residencies they articulated
diverse modes of solidarity, fragility and resistance. During the
fourth and last part conceived as an epilogue, the curators María
Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado and Agustín Pérez Rubio will
bring these experiences and the issues they raise together in four
locations. Due to Covid-19, the opening of the epilogue of the 11th
Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art has been postponed from June to
September 2020.

“The slow opening of the 11th Berlin Biennale began a year ago, and
since then it has been exploring the many cracks we carry, the
fissures that keep us apart and those that bring us together. Many of
the invited artists and participants in the Biennale have been
exploring and practicing this, each in their own artistic terms, in
their own contexts and temporalities,” say the curators in their
curatorial statement about the 11th Berlin Biennale.

Furthermore, together with the Allianz Cultural Foundation,
Goethe-Institut e. V. and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), BMW
supports the Curatorial Workshop of the 11th Berlin
Biennale for up-and-coming curators, educators and other practitioners
(regardless of age), who are living in Berlin in the first or second
generation. Under the topic “How now to gather” new protocols for
gathering, for practicing solidarity and for enacting systemic change
will be focused.

“With the support of the 11th Berlin Biennale, we are continuing our
successful partnership. This time, we are looking forward to the
opportunity of exploring, debating and illustrating the diversity and
dynamics of our time. The BMW Group operates in over 140 countries.
For this reason, it is paramount to offer different perspectives on
our multi-faceted society,” stressed Ilka Horstmeier, member of the
Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Human Resources.

Since its inception in 1998, the Berlin Biennale is shaped by the
different concepts of curators appointed to enter into a dialogue with
the city of Berlin, its public, with the people interested in arts as
well as with the artists. The Berlin Biennale has become a magnet for
art lovers from all over the world and is continually praised by an
enthusiastic audience as an experimental context-specific exhibition.

Besides the Berlin Biennale, the list of long-term commitments to the
arts in Germany’s capital city includes the Gallery Weekend Berlin,
the Preis der Nationalgalerie and the associated Förderpreis für
Filmkunst. Beyond the extensive commitment to the arts and in the
course of the digital partnership BMW OPERA NEXT, BMW cooperates with
Staatsoper Unter den Linden and invites this year again to the
long-standing open-air format “State Opera for All” on September 6, 2020.

For further information about the 11th Berlin Biennale, please refer



KW Institute for Contemporary Art
69, 10117 Berlin
Wed – Mon 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM, Thu 11.00 AM –
9.00 PM 


Oranienstrasse 161, 10969 Berlin
Wed – Mon 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM 

Gropius Bau

Niederkirchnerstrasse 7, 10963 Berlin
Wed – Mon 10.00 AM –
7.00 PM, Thu 10.00 AM – 9.00 PM 

11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint

Bornemannstrasse 9, 13357 Berlin
Wed – Mon 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM 

All venues are closed on Tuesdays. Separate registration for the
single exhibition venues and for specific time slots is mandatory.
Tickets can be purchased online under:
will not be available for purchase on site.

For further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental
Head of Cultural Engagement

Isabell Ertl
Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
of Communications


About the curators of the 11th Berlin Biennale

María Berríos (born 1978 in Santiago de Chile) is a
sociologist, writer, independent curator, and cofounder of the Chilean
editorial collective vaticanochico. Her work traverses art, culture,
and politics with a special interest in the collective experiments of
the Third World movement and their exhibition formats in the 1960s and
70s. She teaches and lectures regularly in Europe and Latin America
and has published extensively on art and politics in Latin America and
beyond. Among other projects, Berríos curated with Lisette Lagnado
Drifts and Derivations. Experiences, journeys and morphologies on
experimental architectural collectives from Chile (Museo Nacional
Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2010), and curated Nuestro
desconocido, nuestro caos, nuestro mar (Museo Experimental el Eco,
Mexico City, 2014), and Alberto Cruz: El cuerpo del arquitecto no es
el de un solo hombre (together with Amalia Cross, MAVI – Museo de
Artes Visuales, Santiago de Chile, 2017). Berríos has been engaged in
several collaborative art projects, including The Revolution Must Be a
School of Unfettered Thought (together with artist Jakob Jakobsen for
the 31st Bienal de São Paulo, 2014). She is an ongoing collaborator of
the Hospital Prison University Archive (Copenhagen, 2016–to date), a
project space and radio station run by artist Jakob Jakobsen in the
building where he and Berríos live together with their three-year-old
son Teo, who believes he is a ninja.  

Renata Cervetto (born 1985 in Buenos Aires) has an
ongoing curiosity for artistic practices in dialogue with language,
public space, and body memories. She has researched the pedagogical
programs of the Mercosul and São Paulo biennials, looking into how
performance can result in critical mediation and the possibilities for
negotiation and debate that this offers within different contexts. In
2013–14 Cervetto participated in the De Appel Curatorial Programme in
Amsterdam, followed by a fellowship to develop a one-year public
program at De Appel in 2014. This also included a compilation of her
research in The Fellow Reader #1. On Boycott, Censorship and
Educational Practices (De Appel, 2015). From 2015–18 she coordinated
the education department of the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de
Buenos Aires (MALBA). Cervetto coedited the publication Agítese antes
de usar. Desplazamientos educativos, sociales y artísticos en América
Latina (TEOR/éTica, San José, and MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2017, with
texts by Lisette Lagnado, among others) together with Miguel A. López.
In recent years, she has been exploring how consciousness (or
self-awareness) can be developed through pedagogical-poetic exercises.  

Lisette Lagnado (born 1961 in Kinshasa) is a
researcher, art critic, and independent curator interested in
strategies for collaborating with sociologists and architects in
public space. As a young child she never understood why people lived
on the streets and spent her time speaking with them. She was chief
curator of the 27th Bienal de São Paulo How to Live Together (2006)
and curated Drifts and Derivations: Experiences, journeys and
morphologies together with María Berríos (Museo Nacional Centro de
Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2010). Recent projects of her include Rivane
Neuenschwander: The Name of Fear | Rio de Janeiro (Museu de Arte do
Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro, 2017) and León Ferrari, For a World with No
Hell (Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo and New York, 2018). In 2014
Lagnado became director and Curator of Public Programs of the Escola
de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro, a position held
until 2017. Lagnado was coeditor of the magazines Arte em São Paulo
(1981–89) and Trópico (2001–11) and contributed to exhibition
catalogues on Arthur Bispo do Rosario, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster,
Laura Lima, Gordon Matta-Clark, Virginia de Medeiros, Cildo Meireles,
Ahlam Shibli, Tunga, and Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, among
others. In 1993, together with friends and family of the artist José
Leonilson, she established the São Paulo-based Projeto Leonilson,
which oversees his estate; she also curated his first retrospective
Leonilson: são tantas as verdades (Galeria de Arte do SESI, São Paulo,
1995). Lagnado coordinated the Programa Hélio Oiticica, an online
archive of Hélio Oiticica’s writings (Instituto Itaú Cultural,
1999–2002). Lagnado is currently a member of the Associação Cultural
Videobrasil, São Paulo.  

Agustin Pérez Rubio (born 1972 in Valencia) has a
curatorial and institutional practice relating to collaborative
projects, gender and feminist issues, linguistics, architecture,
politics, and postcolonial perspectives. In his early childhood he was
fascinated by his mother’s makeup, wigs, and dresses. He was artistic
director of Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA,
2014–18) and chief curator and director of Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
de Castilla y León (MUSAC, 2003–13). Pérez Rubio curated numerous
monographic exhibitions by Dora García (Vibraciones, MUSAC, 2004),
Tobias Rehberger (I Die Every Day. 1 Cor. 15,31, Museo Nacional Centro
de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2005), Julie Mehretu (Black City, MUSAC,
2006), Elmgreen & Dragset (Trying to Remember What We Once Wanted
to Forget, MUSAC, 2009), Superflex (Working Title: A Retrospective
Curated by XXXXXXX, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, 2013),
Rosângela Rennó (Everything that doesn’t show in the images, Centro
Atlántico de Arte Moderno – CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2014),
General Idea (Broken Time, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, 2015), Claudia
Andujar (Marcados, MALBA, 2016), and Mirtha Dermisache (Because I
write!, MALBA, 2017). He has also curated group shows including Primer
Proforma 2010. Badiola Euba Prego. 30 exercises 40 days 8 hours a day
(MUSAC, 2010), Unerasable Memories (Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo, 2014),
and Infinite Experience (MALBA, 2014). Pérez Rubio was recently
appointed curator of the Chilean Pavilion for the Biennale di Venezia
in 2019 where he will present the work of artist Voluspa Jarpa. He is
currently a board member of CIMAM and member of the Istanbul Biennial
advisory board. 

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement
For almost
50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100
cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the main focus of
its long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art, classical
music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972, three
large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter
specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In
2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car
Collection. For years, the BMW Group and its partners have been
initiating and establishing their own formats such as BMW Tate Live,
BMW Welt Jazz Award, BMW Open Work, the BMW Art Journey and the
“Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London. The company also partners with leading museums, art fairs and
orchestras as well as jazz festivals and opera houses around the
world. With BMW OPERA NEXT, the new partnership with the Staatsoper
Unter den Linden, the opportunities presented by digitalisation are
used to open up new ways of accessing the world of opera for young
audiences. As part of its art programme “Muse”, Rolls-Royce partners
for the initiative “The Dream Commission” with two internationally
esteemed art institutions. Together with Fondation Beyeler and
Serpentine Galleries, emerging and established artists are invited to
submit a moving-image work that delivers an immersive sensory
experience. The artists are nominated and chosen by renowned
personalities of the art world like Daniel, Birnbaum, Hans Ulrich
Obrist, Cao Fei, and Theodora Vischer. The BMW Group takes absolute
creative freedom in all its cultural activities for granted – as this
initiative is as essential for producing groundbreaking artistic work
as it is for major innovations in a successful business.

Further information:


The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI,
Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading
premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides
premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production
network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15
countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad presents the M Endurance chain.

BMW:BMW Motorrad presents the M Endurance chain.

Munich. For more than 90 years, the maintenance-free,
environmentally friendly and comfortable shaft drive has been one of
BMW Motorrad’s immovable technical cornerstones. With the M Endurance
chain, BMW Motorrad now offers a maintenance-free chain with
comparable characteristics for the first time.

Like previous X-ring chains, the M Endurance chain has a resident
permanent lubricant filling between the rollers and pins, enclosed by
X-rings. What is completely new, however, is that the previously
necessary additional lubricant addition for the rollers and thus the
familiar “chain lubrication” is no longer necessary, nor is
any re-tensioning required from time to time due to the usual wear.

This enormous gain in comfort was made possible by using a new
coating material for the rollers: tetrahedrally amorphous carbon
(ta-C), also known as industrial diamond. This coating is
characterized by extreme hardness and resistance and in this respect
it is placed between the well-known DLC coating (Diamond Like Carbon)
and pure diamond. In contrast to the metal surfaces used so far, the
coating with the ta-C industrial diamond does not wear off. At the
same time, this type of coating also offers a drastically reduced
friction coefficient.

Thanks to excellent dry lubrication properties and the elimination of
wear, the tetrahedral amorphous carbon coated rollers of the M
Endurance chain offer maintenance comfort equivalent to that of a
shaft drive motorcycle. This includes all the cleaning work that is
unavoidable with a conventional chain due to splashed lubricant.
Accordingly, the M Endurance chain also offers maximum environmental friendliness.

The M Endurance chain in 525 pitch is now available initially for the
two 4-cylinder models BMW S 1000 RR and S 1000 XR. The M Endurance
chain is available as accessory or directly from the factory as an
option. Further BMW Motorrad models are being prepared for this feature.

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at

In case of queries, please contact:

Gerhard Lindner, BMW Motorrad Communications

Tel.: +49 151 601 53472,

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad
+49 89 382 57505,

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW
Tel.: + +49-89-382-35108,



The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.






Original Press Release