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Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, 26/10/2016, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy

Family get-together in Jerez

BMW racers at the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Media Track Test in Spain

The BMW Motorrad Motorsport Media Track Test is one of the highlights of any year. On the one hand, for the international media representatives, who are given the rare opportunity to test a thoroughbred racing bike. On the other hand, for the BMW riders and teams from various series, for whom this event has become a genuine family get-together.

This year, the test took place in Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain. 32 journalists from 18 countries, from Canada to Russia, accepted the invitation. Comparing them to the street legal version, they took to the legendary track in Andalusia on five different BMW racing bikes, and were thus able to experience the many different sides of BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s global commitment for themselves.

After a “warm up” with the production version of the BMW S 1000 RR, the test began with the RR belonging to the Graphbikes Easyrace SBK team, on which Maximilian Scheib finished second overall in the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV), and on which he recently took a sensational victory in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) at this very circuit. Next up was the Tyco BMW S 1000 RR, on which Ian Hutchinson claimed race wins and records at the North West 200, the Isle of Man TT and the Ulster Grand Prix. This was followed by the title-winning RR of STK1000 champion Raffaele De Rosa from the Althea BMW Racing Team. The next bike for the media representatives to test was the RR of the Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Team from the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC), which claimed pole position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished on the podium at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben. The test finished with the thoroughbred Superbike, on which Althea BMW Racing Team riders Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger race in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).

The riders themselves gave the media representatives a personal introduction to their bikes: Torres, Reiterberger, Hutchinson, De Rosa, Penz13.com rider Kenny Foray and Scheib had all travelled to Jerez to attend the Track Test. This gave them the rare opportunity to spend time together as part of the large BMW family. Markus Reiterberger, for example, spent a lot of time with the Penz13.com team, with whom he raced in the EWC in 2014 and 2015. In the Tyco BMW garage, Ian Hutchinson gave detailed explanations of the secrets of his road racing version of the RR. De Rosa checked out the endurance RR up close and personal, Torres and Foray discussed the differences between WorldSBK and EWC, and Maxi Scheib ran from garage to garage, getting to know the other BMW teams and their bikes.

HP chat among BMW racers

“It was very interesting to compare our bikes,” said Torres. “My WorldSBK bike is more complicated and difficult to ride, but quicker. It is the most highly developed. It is also excellent for the journalists to see what levels of development exist within the regulations of the respective series.”

Hutchinson also took the opportunity to visit every garage: “It was great to be able to check out all the other bikes from the various series and chat to the teams about the ideas they came up with for the set-ups.”

Frenchman Foray has ridden two different RRs this season: the endurance version in the EWC and the Superbike version, on which he won multiple races in the French Superbike Championship (FSBK). He also enjoyed the time with his fellow BMW riders: “I know a few of the other guys, but it was great to talk shop with Hutchinson and Torres, who come from totally different championships - especially with Hutchinson, as road racing is completely different to what we do. It was very interesting to chat about the differences between the bikes, and how different our approaches to races can be.”

Maximilian Scheib has caught the eye several times this season with his success in the CEV and his FIM STK1000 victory in Jerez. As such, the young Chilean was much sought-after at the family get-together. He, himself, was delighted to meet some of his successful colleagues: “It is fantastic to be here. I can chat to all the other riders, who I would not meet otherwise, as we ride in different series. They are all really nice guys.”

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