The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is back on the racetrack: test at the Lausitzring in preparation for the rest of the season.

BMW:The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is back on the racetrack: test at the Lausitzring in preparation for the rest of the season.

Lausitzring.
It has been a long time since the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
and riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty (IRL) were last on a
racetrack together. The season opener of the FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK) at the start of March was followed by an
enforced break lasting several months due to coronavirus. Now the
team and riders have been able to return to the track with the BMW S
1000 RR. Last week, Sykes and Laverty tested at Lausitzring (GER).

 

Work at the team HQ in Guisborough (GBR) and at BMW Motorrad
Motorsport in Munich (GER) was restricted during the break due to
coronavirus protective measures. However, good use was made of the
time, to analyse the findings and rider feedback from the season
opener and to advance the development of the RR in many areas.
Consequently the team had a whole host of new components and ideas
with them for the test at the Lausitzring. In good weather conditions,
the team had plenty of opportunity to test them out in preparation for
the next races.

The 2020 WorldSBK season will continue with the second race event of
the year, at Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) on the first weekend of
August. Before that, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team will take part in
further tests at Barcelona (ESP) on 8th and 9th July.

Quotes after the test at the Lausitzring.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “It
was absolutely great to be back at the racetrack after such a long
break. We had a very good test at the Lausitzring in consistent
conditions and tested several new parts. We are very confident that we
will be coming back stronger than we were before the break. We are
looking forward to returning to racing at Jerez and show our competitiveness.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“The test at the Lausitzring was the first time we had
been back at the racetrack after the first round of the season in
Australia, as in between we had been in lockdown with the coronavirus
restrictions. We had great days of testing, the weather has been kind
to us with very good conditions and we had the opportunity to test
quite a lot of parts that we have been working on during the break. It
has been very successful for both Tom and Eugene and we feel confident
now that a lot of effort that the guys have been putting in at the
factory will pay off now. We can look forward to another two days of
testing at Barcelona in the first week of July.”

Tom Sykes: “After such a long period off the bike
with this tricky moment in time, it is an absolute pleasure to be here
at the Lausitzring and back testing with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team. It is fair to say that while everybody was stuck at home there
has been a lot of work going on, certainly a lot of development, so
this test has proved to be very vital. We certainly gathered a lot of
information. It was good and it’s a great feeling to be back on the
BMW S 1000 RR. Now we all are looking forward to returning to racing shortly.”

Eugene Laverty: “We had a fantastic test at the
Lausitzring. It was great to be back riding my BMW S 1000 RR after
nearly four months off due to the pandemic but I am still getting to
know that bike. It’s only the fourth track that I rode it on so it has
been so beneficial to come here and ride it at the Lausitzring. We
really benefitted from the track time in sunny conditions. Now we are
ready to race again and we will be back stronger than ever.”

Original Press Release