BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

The BMW works team, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, is a collaboration between BMW Motorrad Motorsport and British Shaun Muir Racing. As BMW Motorrad Motorsport, the squad around Team Principal Shaun Muir has a wealth of experience in racing and in the FIM Superbike World Championship – perfect partners in the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team.

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#66 Tom Sykes

Date of birth: 19th August 1985
Birthplace: Huddersfield (GBR)
Nationality: British
Residence:
Leamington Spa (GBR)
Number:
66
Crew chief:
Ian Lord (GBR)

Englishman Tom Sykes, the 2013 world champion, has been a member of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team since the start of the project. In 2021, he enters his third season with the BMW works team. With his wealth of experience and input, Sykes is instrumental in developing the bike. His nickname ‘Mister Pole Position’ is thoroughly deserved; record holder Sykes secured his 50th pole position in the Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island in 2020. His other WorldSBK statistics include 34 wins and 112 podium finishes.

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Career

2020

12th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2019

8th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2018

4th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2017

3rd place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2016

2nd place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2015

3rd place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2014

2nd place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2013

Champion in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2012

2nd place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2011

13th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2010

14th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2009

9th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2008

Debut in the FIM Superbike World Championship

#60 Michael van der Mark

Date of birth: 26th October 1992
Birthplace: Gouda (NED)
Nationality: Dutch
Residence: Bergschenhoek (NED)
Number: 60
Crew chief: Marcus Eschenbacher (GER)

Michael van der Mark is new to the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team in the 2021 season. The 28-year-old Dutchman can already look back on an impressive career and is extremely popular in his native Netherlands and beyond. In 2014, he was the first Dutchman to be crowned Supersport world champion. He is also the first rider from the Netherlands to finish on the podium and claim a race win in WorldSBK. Van der Mark has been racing in the Superbike World Championship since 2015, since when he has won four races and finished on the podium a total of 37 times. He is now looking to convert his speed and fighting spirit into top results on the BMW M 1000 RR.

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Career

2020

5th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2019

4th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2018

3rd place in the FIM Superbike World Championship, Winner 8H Suzuka

2017

6th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship, Winner 8H Suzuka

2016

4th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2015

7th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2014

World Champion in the FIM Supersport World Championship, Winner 8H Suzuka

2013

4th place in the FIM Supersport World Championship, Winner 8H Suzuka

2012

Champion European Superstock 600 Championship

RC Squadra Corse

The Italian RC Squadra Corse team is one of the two BMW satellite teams in WorldSBK in 2021. The team, which is owned by Roberto Colombo, may be operating under a new name but comes with a wealth of experience from the WorldSBK paddock. The team has been active in the Superbike World Championship since 2016. Last season, it also entered the Supersport World Championship. In Eugene Laverty, the team has a rider who is very familiar with BMW and was closely involved in the development of the new bike, the BMW M 1000 RR.

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#50 Eugene Laverty

Date of birth: 3rd June 1986
Birthplace: Toomebridge (Northern Ireland)
Nationality: Irish
Residence: Alvor (POR)
Number: 50
Crew chief: Paolo Piazza (ITA)

34-year-old Eugene Laverty is one of the most experienced riders in the WorldSBK paddock. The Irishman comes from a racing family – his brothers Michael and John are also racers. Laverty made his debut in the Superbike World Championship in 2011. With the exception of two years in MotoGP, this series has become a second home to him. Laverty has been part of the BMW family since the 2020 season. Last year he rode for the works team and worked closely with BMW Motorrad and BMW Motorrad Motorsport on the development of the BMW M 1000 RR. In the 2021 season, he brings all his skill and experience to BMW satellite team RC Squadra Corse.

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Career

2020

15th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2019

15th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2018

8th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2017

10th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2016

13th place in the MotoGP World Championship

2015

22nd place in the MotoGP World Championship

2014

10th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2013

 2nd place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2012

6th place in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2011

Debut in the FIM Superbike World Championship, 4th place

Bonovo MGM Racing

Bonovo MGM Racing also lines up as one of the two BMW satellite teams in WorldSBK. The German team is led by owner Jürgen Röder and manager Michael Galinski. In 2020, Bonovo MGM Racing and its rider Jonas Folger dominated the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) with eight wins in eight races. It also enjoyed impressive outings with Folger at the WorldSBK events at Barcelona and Estoril. Bonovo MGM Racing is now taking the next step, as it goes all in with BMW in WorldSBK. The team continues to work with Folger, making this the first time a German team has signed up for the full WorldSBK season with a Bavarian rider on a Bavarian bike.

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#94 Jonas Folger

Date of birth: 13th August 1993
Birthplace: Mühldorf am Inn (GER)
Nationality: German
Residence: Mühldorf am Inn (GER)
Number: 94

Jonas Folger inherited motor racing genes. His father and uncle were motorcycle racers and the young Jonas received his first bike at the tender age of three. After great success as a junior, the Bavarian made his debut in the 125cc World Championship in 2008. This was followed by years in Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP. In 2020, Folger made a foray into the International German Motorcycle Championship IDM, in which he won all eight races and was crowned the dominant champion. He also impressed on his two guest appearances in the Superbike World Championship. Folger returns to the international stage in 2021, as he contests his first WorldSBK season as a BMW rider with the Bonovo MGM Racing team.

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Career

2020

Champion International German Championship IDM – Appearances in the FIM Superbike World Championship

2019

MotoGP test rider – Appearances in the Moto2 World Championship

2017

10th place in the MotoGP World Championship

2016

7th place in the Moto2 World Championship

2015

6th place in the Moto2 World Championship

2014

15th in the Moto2 World Championship

2013

5th place in the Moto3 World Championship

2012

9th place in the Moto3 World Championship

2011

6th place in the 125 cc World Championship

2010

14th place in the 125 cc World Championship

2009

12th place in the 125 cc World Championship

2008

Debut in the 125 cc World Championship

BMW M 1000 RR for WorldSBK

With the new BMW M 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad Motorsport is taking performance to the next level. The first M model from BMW Motorrad is a consistent further development of the BMW S 1000 RR and, even in the production version, offers thoroughbred racing technology for use in motorsport and on the streets. This has been made possible by the close collaboration between BMW Motorrad Motorsport and the production development department. BMW riders Tom Sykes, Eugene Laverty and Markus Reiterberger have done a lot of testing and given their input from a rider’s perspective. With its features developed on the racing scene, the M RR provides the perfect basis for the WorldSBK bike, which has been modified – as far as permitted by the regulations – to meet the special demands it will encounter in the World Championship. The main areas to be modified were the propulsion, chassis geometry, brakes and fairings.

The engine on the new M RR, and the production version, was systematically developed for motor racing purposes; the production model generates 212 hp. The engine has BMW ShiftCam technology for adjusting the valve timing and valve stroke, as well as technical improvements like the new 2-ring forged pistons and titanium connecting rods. In its WorldSBK spec, the bike is capable of over 230 hp. On the homologated production model, the throttle valves are split so that this feature can used explicitly in racing. This feauture makes it possible to control each pair of cylinders separately – for smoother power delivery.

When it comes to aerodynamics, another significant innovation immediately catches the eye: the carbon winglets. They were developed in intensive tests, both at the racetrack and in the wind tunnel, and ensure the best possible contact between the wheels and the track – particularly when accelerating. The effect of the winglets is also noticeable in corners and when braking, as the downforce allows the rider to brake later and improves stability in corners. The winglets work in combination with a higher windshield.

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Technical Data

Capacity / engine

999 cc, four-cylinder four-stroke engine with four titanium valves per cylinder and variable intake camshaft control BMW ShiftCam, liquid-cooled, titanium rods, 2-ring pistons

Gearbox

Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with straight cut gears

Output

> 230 hp at over 14,000 rpm

Bore x stroke

80 x 49.7 mm 

Fuel system

Electronic injection, variable intake manifold length

Tank capacity

22 l

Lubrication

Wet sump

Dry weight

168 kg

Wheelbase

1,450 mm (variable)

Length

2,080 mm

Width

538 mm

Front wheel control

Upside-down telescopic fork Öhlins RVP25/30

Rear wheel control

Underslung swing arm, full-floater central spring strut Öhlins RVP50

Front brake

Twin-disc Yutaka 335 mm, Nissin radial 4-piston callipers

Rear brake

Single-disc Yutaka 220 mm, Nissin 2-piston callipers

Wheels

CFK S1000RR Series, front 17’’ x 3.5’’, rear 17’’ x 6.0’’

Tyres

Pirelli Super Corsa

2021 WorldSBK

MotorLand Aragón

Date: 21st to 23rd May 2021

Circuit: MotorLand Aragón – Alcañiz – Spain

Length: 5.077 km

Estoril

Date: 28th to 30th May 2021

Circuit: Circuito Estoril – Alcabideche – Portugal

Length: 4.182 km

Misano

Date: 11th to 13th June 2021

Circuit: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli – Misano Adriatico – Italy

Length: 4.226 km

Donington Park

Date: 2nd to 4th July 2021

Circuit: Donington Park Circuit – Castle Donington – Great Britain

Length: 4.023 km

Assen

Date: 23rd to 25th July 2021

Circuit: TT Assen Circuit – Assen – Netherlands

Length: 4.542 km

Most

Date: 6th to 8th August 2021

Circuit: Autodrom Most – Most – Czech Republic

Length: 4.212 km

Navarra

Date: 20th to 22nd August 2021

Circuit: Circuito de Navarra – Los Arcos – Spain

Length: 3.933 km

Magny-Cours

Date: 3rd to 5th September

Circuit: Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours – Magny-Cours – France

Length: 4.411 km

Barcelona

Date: 17th to 19th September 2021

Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Montmeló – Spain

Length: 4.627 km

Jerez de la Frontera

Date: 24th to 26th September 2021

Circuit: Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto – Jerez de la Frontera – Spain

Length: 4.423 km

Portimão

Date: 1st to 3rd October 2021

Circuit: Autódromo Internacional do Algarve – Portimão – Portugal

Length: 4.592 km

San Juan

Date: 15th to 17th October 2021

Circuit: Circuito San Juan Villicum – San Juan – Argentina

Length: 4.276 km

Mandalika

Date: 12th to 14th November 2021

Circuit: Mandalika International Street Circuit – Lombok – Indonesia

Length: 4.300 km

The new BMW M 1000 RR.

Pure racing technology for the highest performance requirements in motor sports and on the road.

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