Misano Adriatico. Before heading to the sixth round of the 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) at Jerez de la Frontera (ESP), the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team completed two days of testing at Misano, Italy. The team used the Wednesday and Thursday test to evaluate new components for the BMW S 1000 RR Superbikes of riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Markus Reiterberger (GER).
BMW Motorrad Motorsport took further development updates in the software and chassis areas to Misano, including a new triple clamp. Despite the weather not being ideal, with rain limiting track time, the team made further progress. In addition, the rain enabled the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team to gather important information in wet conditions. Next week, the team will travel to Jerez de la Frontera, where round six will be held from 7th to 9th June.
Quotes after the Misano test.
Tom Sykes: “Certainly, the entire BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team has done a good job. We had quite a lot of fundamental items to get through. The weather gave us some limitations in track time but I feel we had a very structured plan considering. We’ve worked through various things and gained a lot of valuable information that we can use to move forward. I was ultimately happy with the information and what it gives us in terms of feeling with the BMW S 1000 RR on this track. Certainly, the mixed conditions and the kind of lack of surface grip gave us the chance to test different parameters of the bike. So overall I think it has been a successful test and an important one at this point of the season considering it’s a new project so we will see now how we will line-up going into the next race.”
Markus Reiterberger: “Wednesday was a very interesting day for us as it was our first day with the new BMW S 1000 RR in fully wet conditions. I actually enjoyed that a lot. I had a lot of fun racing the bike in the rain. We made a big step forward in the electronics area that enabled me to do really fast lap times in the wet. It was very important for us to get an understanding for how to set up the bike for these conditions. In dry conditions, we still have some work to do but we’ve made another step in the right direction. We tested some different settings and some new parts. Overall, I’m happy with the test, we will now continue to work hard and give our best.”