The wait is over: BMW Motorrad Motorsport kick starts the 2015 season this weekend. The FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK) will open the season, with the first event on its calendar being held from 20th to 22nd February on Phillip Island (AU). The BMW Motorrad Motorsport experts will be on hand once again this year, providing support to the customer teams in the Superbike World Championship. There are also numerous other international and national championships in which the BMW Motorrad privateer teams rely on the support provided by Munich. The technical regulations of the Superbike World Championship for the 2015 season will see the works teams and privateer teams on more equal footing, making the playing field more level overall. In the 2014 season there were two classes within the WSBK: the Superbike class, and the “EVO class”, in which fewer modifications were permitted, including those made to the engine. In the new 2015 season, the regulations are the same for the whole field once again, and are based on the specifications for last year’s EVO class. The regulations give the teams plenty of freedom with regard to electronics. The Superbike World Championship remains the last high-level championship open to the manufacturers to develop their electronic control strategies. They can use their own ECUs and software. However, these “Superbike Kit Systems” need to be available to all teams competing with bikes of the same make at a fixed price. The development and use of ECUs and software is just one of the fields of expertise of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport experts. Two BMW Motorrad customer teams will contest the opener of the Superbike World Championship on Phillip Island with the new BMW S 1000 RR: BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team and BMW Racing Team Toth. The BMW Motorrad Motorsport engineers will be on hand to support the teams with preparing and setting up their RRs.
“After a long and busy winter we are looking forward to starting the new season,” said Berthold Hauser, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Technical Director. “The new technical regulations in the Superbike World Championship are interesting for us. It levels out the playing field and gives the privateer teams a greater chance of success. The freedom with regard to electronics means that the BMW Motorrad customer teams can benefit from our cumulative expertise and years of experience. We offer our privateers tailor-made electronics packages that help realise the full potential of the RR on all race tracks. Our engineers have a great deal of data and help optimise the set-up of the bike to suit the specific requirements of each track. This is true in the Superbike World Championship and in the numerous other international and national championships in which our customers wear the BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours. We are fully committed to supporting them and are looking forward to celebrating wins and titles with our customers around the world once again in 2015.”
“We can’t wait to see our racing customers in action once again. The WSBK season opener also sees the race debut of our new RR, and we’re really looking forward to this first,” said Udo Mark, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Marketing Director. “The new regulations for the Superbike World Championship promise to make the races exciting and closely contested. They are based on the specifications for the previous EVO class, in which we celebrated many wins in 2014 – that’s an excellent starting position for the new season. The WSBK however is only one in numerous international and national championships in which our racing customers will compete this year. Australia marks the first race weekend in a long and exciting season for the huge worldwide BMW Motorrad Motorsport family. The calendar of race events in which our privateer riders and teams line up has become even more comprehensive and spans over all continents. No matter if our BMW Motorrad riders compete in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North or South America: they all can be assure of our intensive support – with the common goal of achieving success with the RR once again in the various championships across the globe in 2015.”
In the WSBK, Sylvain Barrier (FR) will race for BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team this season again, while BMW Racing Team Toth continues to compete with Imre Toth (HU) and Gabor Rizmayer (HU) in 2015. Unfortunately, Rizmayer crashed in today’s practice session at Phillip Island and fractured his left wrist. He will not be able to start in this weekend’s races. 2015 sees the experts from Munich support privateer BMW Motorrad riders and teams in numerous race series in a variety of countries and continents once again. In addition to the WSBK, this includes the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC), the FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC), the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000), the AustralAsian Suberbike Championship (AAS), the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR), the the British Superbike Championship (BSB), the International German Motorcycle Championship (SUPERBIKE*IDM), the new FIM Superbike European Championship (CEV), which emerged from the Spanish championship, national championships in Italy, France, South Africa, Japan, Malaysia, USA, Canada and Brazil, as well as road racing events such as the North West 200, the legendary Isle of Man TT, the Ulster Grand Prix and the Macau Grand Prix. (BMW Press Club)