BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 03/02/2016, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The images of a magnificent 2015 season are still fresh in our memories: the thrilling race action we enjoyed around the world, the tireless efforts of the crew members in the garages, the unrefined joy of the BMW riders on the podium, the championship trophies and the big party in Munich, at which the integes, the unrefined joy of the BMW riders on the podium, the championsrnational BMW Motorrad Motorsport family assembled to see out the year and honour the best of the participants in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
However, time flies – and at race speed: the winter has been a short one, and the countdown to the 2016 season is now on. All over the world, BMW teams and riders are under starter’s orders and preparing for the first races in their respective championships.
In their workshops around the world, the BMW teams are working flat-out to put the finishing touches to their BMW S 1000 RRs ahead of the new season. As they do so, they are in close contact with the HP Race Support experts in Munich, who are on hand to help with the assembly and set-up of the superbikes.
Some of the BMW racers have already completed their first track tests. These include the two BMW teams in the FIM World Superbike Championship (WSBK), the Althea BMW Racing team and Milwaukee BMW. Althea spent two at a private test in Vallelunga, Italy, with WSBK riders Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres, as well as Superstock rider Raffaele de Rosa. Milwaukee BMW, together with riders Josh Brookes and Karel Abraham, completed a joint two-day test with the other WSBK teams in Jerez, Spain, last week. Before the teams will pack their overseas crates for the first two race weekends in Australia and Thailand, Milwaukee BMW will complete a further test in Aragon, Spain.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport is also hard at work in Munich, fine-tuning the final details of the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. The unique competition for BMW riders around the world enters its third year in 2016. Last season saw a 50 per cent rise in entries: 104 BMW riders from 22 countries in six continents signed up. This global success story looks set to continue in 2016. The regulations for the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy will be released on the BMW Motorrad Motorsport website on 17th February.
The preparations will soon be over, and the 2016 season underway. It opens with the South African SuperGP Champions Trophy (RSA SBK), which holds its first race event of the year on 19th and 20th February at the Red Star Raceway in South Africa. Just one week later (26th to 28th February), the World Superbike Championship and Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) kick off their season on Phillip Island in Australia.
So, the wait is nearly over. Anyone who cannot wait for the next dose of racing can check out the action and emotions from last season in the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy highlight video. The perfect way to warm up for the coming year of motorcycle racing!