The official BMW Motorrad World Endurance squadron has already carried out a first test for the FIM EWC 2021, with only one question …
Long-term program for EWC, but to the sound of results destined to anticipate the times. BMW Motorrad’s official commitment to World Endurance is only in its second season, but the plans are decidedly ambitious. Having even found themselves in contention for the 2019/2020 world title, for the new year the team led by Werner Daemen does not disguise their aspirations for victory, they start the winter test program well in advance.
The BMW Motorrad EWC project originally involved three years to win. A first run-in season, the second to secure some victories, the third to win the Endurance world title. The more than positive first year, with two podiums achieved ready-to-go (3rd at the Bol d’Or and the 8 Hours of Sepang). And convincing performances between Le Mans and Estoril, gave a further boost to the project. New team, new bike, immediately in evidence. The right conditions to take the next step in view of 2021.
SOME NEWS IN THE TEAM
The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team has further strengthened for the season starting on April 17-18 with the 24 Heures Motos Le Mans. Alongside the reconfirmed Markus Reiterberger and Ilya Mikhalchik will race Xavi Forés, new signer of team # 37 and FHO Racing BMW for British Superbike. Thanks to the two concomitances with the BSB itself, Kenny Foray will replace him in the course of construction, playing the role of “luxury reserve” in the remaining events of the calendar.
Furthermore, with the SERT passed to Bridgestone, the propeller squadron will in fact be the only Dunlop reference team of the FIM EWC. Dedicated development, maximum support. So much so as to open the doors of its Mireval test-track for a first test session in recent days. This first outing, where Xavi Forés himself was present, will be followed by others. All of this in view of the Sarthe Endurance marathon.
THE UNKNOWN MOTORCYCLE
In fact, the only unknown factor is represented by the choice of the bike. Doing Le Mans with the “old” S 1000 RR, or trying the new M 1000 RR right away? Everything leads (inevitably …) towards the second option. But just in case the previous version of the Monaco Superbike is always available.