As the 2018/2019 FIM EWC calendar will see Superstock teams competing in just four events (including two 24-hour races), Bol d’Or triumph was very helpful to GERT56 BMW Team, as the German squad scored Superstock win, 6th place overall and 27 championship points. The team owned by Karsten Wolf have been competing full-time in Endurance World Championship since 2016 and now they can look at the upcoming races from a privileged position. Since their advantage on the other Superstock teams is already great, GERT56 will face 24 Heures Motos du Mans without taking any risk.
IN THE OLD S1000RR WE TRUST – Closely bound to BMW Motorrad, GERT56 have revealed their plans for 2019 during the 25th edition of Sachsenkrad in Dresden. There, the team confirmed a news, that was already well-known: while ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance will try to contest 2019 24 Heures Motos du Mans with the newest version of BMW S1000RR, GERT56 will continue their 2018/2019 campaign with the old version of the bike. “We’ve always had a good relationship with BMW Motorrad and during the season we’ll benefit from their technical support in our chase to FIM Endurance World Cup (the trophy reserved to EWC Superstock teams, ed)“, said Karsten Wolf. “Our switch to new BMW S1000RR will happen in the future: with even three races to be contested within just 60 days (24 Heures Motos du Mans, 8 Hours of Slovakiaring and 8 Hours of Oschersleben, ed), we’ve decided to keep running the old S1000RR K46. Reliability is fundamental to succeed in Endurance, so we prefer not to take any risk“.
NEW RIDER LINE-UP – Old (but gold) S1000RR, slightly new rider line-up. GERT56 want to win FIM Endurance World Cup and so they’ll continue their collaboration with Julian Puffe, Stefan Kerschbaumer and Lucy Gloeckner, as the German lady will come back to EWC after being ruled out of 2018 Bol d’Or by an injury. GERT56 BMW Team will contest the 2019 edition of Le Mans race with Rico Löwe as their reserve rider, while the man completing their 2018/2019 line-up is BMW Motorrad Test Rider Filip Altendorfer, ready to rescue the team when they need him. In conclusion, the team have extended their partnership with Pirelli.
Translated by Alessandro Palma