BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team kicks off the WorldSBK European season with the new BMW S 1000 RR.

Munich. After the two overseas rounds at Phillip Island,
Australia and Buriram, Thailand, the brand-new BMW S 1000 RR is now
making its European debut in the FIM Superbike World Championship
(WorldSBK). This weekend (5th to 7th April),
the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team with riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and
Markus Reiterberger (GER) will be competing in the third round of
the season at Spanish MotorLand Aragón.


The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’s race weekend kicks off with two free
practice sessions on Friday. Saturday features Superpole qualifying
and race one, which gets underway at 14:00 local time. The ten-lap
‘Superpole Race’ starts at 11:00 on Sunday followed at 14:00 by race two.


Quotes ahead of the races at MotorLand Aragón.


Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“We’re looking forward to being back racing in Europe again. This is
always a special moment after the opening overseas season rounds. It
will also be exciting to see the team trucks and the hospitality in
the new color scheme with the classic BMW Motorsport colours in the
paddock. For Aragón, we will bring some new developments for the bike,
aimed at getting another step closer to the competition.”


Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
“Ahead of the third round at Aragón we are looking
forward to getting to Europe where we get some more equipment and are
back with our race motorhomes, which makes logistics and life a little
bit easier at the circuits. We are looking forward to some upgrades,
regarding aerodynamics, which we worked on after the last race in
Thailand. It was a lot of hard work by all the guys to get all the
vehicles and equipment ready for the first European races. With some
good weather we can hopefully start FP1 well and close that gap to the
top four and we will see how the weekend develops. Both Tom and Markus
have been training hard behind the scenes; they are looking forward to
it and hopefully we can have a good run of results at these
back-to-back weekends with Aragón and then Assen.”


Tom Sykes: “I am really looking forward to the coming
races. We have two back-to-back weekends but obviously we are first
focusing on Aragón. It’s a circuit where I have done well in the past,
and I hope with the style and the layout of the circuit that we are
able to be very competitive on the BMW S 1000 RR. On most of the track
we certainly have the chassis to do what’s needed. The only question
from the previous experiences is our performance down the very long
back straight. It’s obviously still a bit of an unknown but I feel
that the whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is doing a great job
considering we still have to do a lot of testing during the actual
race weekends. My expectations are that we will be continuing this
way, enjoy our racing and for sure the rest will come naturally in the
not too distant future.”


Markus Reiterberger: “I am glad that we are back in
Europe. Aragón is a great track that I like very much. Certainly it is
a bit easier for me because I’ve raced there many times. Last year I
got along really well and rode very fast times with the Superstock
bike. With my qualifying time, I would have even been in the top eight
for the Superbikes. I hope the weather is good and it is not too
windy. I also hope that we can take another step forward in my set-up
so that I get a better feeling for the front; then a good weekend is
possible. My crew chief and the whole team have intensively analysed
and worked through the findings from Buriram, and I know that BMW will
bring some things to Spain. It is important to work well all weekend,
to constantly improve, to give good feedback and to pull together. I
hope we can make it into the top ten and that I can reward my team for
the hard work.”