BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 24/02/2016, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
BMW teams and riders all over the world can rely on BMW Motorrad Motorsport: the specialists at HP Race Support are on hand around the world to offer expert assistance. BMW Motorrad is implementing a successful long-term motorsport strategy, which is fully customer-oriented. Privateer BMW racers and teams are at the heart of all of its motorsport activities.
BMW Motorrad is the only manufacturer involved in motor racing to focus fully on supporting its customers on the international and national motorsport scene. And with great success: in recent years, the BMW riders and teams have achieved countless victories and titles all over the planet with the BMW S 1000 RR. In many championships, the RR is the Superbike to beat. The big international BMW Motorrad family knows that it always has a strong partner on its side: the HP Race Support.
This customer-oriented approach has proven to be successful: the international family continues to grow consistently, with BMW Motorrad Motorsport supporting more riders and teams through its customer racing programme every year. In 2016, the experts from Munich are working hand in hand with hundreds of BMW teams from all over the world.
The customers who take advantage of the manufacturer’s support come from well over 30 countries on all six continents. The majority compete in the 21 racing series in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy with the BMW S 1000 RR.
These include major international championships, such as the FIM World Superbike Championship (WSBK), the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC), the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV), the British Superbike Championship (BSB), and the Superbike IDM / International German Championship (IDM), as well as national championships in Europe, North and South America, South Africa, Asia and Australia. On the international road racing scene, an ever-increasing number of teams are turning to the know-how and support offered by BMW Motorrad Motorsport and HP Race Support.
The Technical Director of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, Berthold Hauser, and his HP Race Support team are on hand to offer customers an extensive range of services.
"They range from on-site support at the racetrack, which sees our experts working together with the teams on-site at tests and races, and special training courses for the teams’ technicians and engineers in Munich and the respective countries, to E-mail and telephone support,"said Hauser. "We can use the Internet to connect our laptops directly to the teams’ bikes – no matter where they are in the world. This allows us to offer rapid assistance with such issues as mapping, set-up and trouble-shooting. We also supply our customers with regular software updates, as well as offering race kits and race parts, which are specifically developed for motor racing."
This year, BMW customer teams from the World Superbike Championship and the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000), the Endurance World Championship, the CEV, BSB, IDM, Italian CIV, and French Superbike Championship FSBK are taking advantage of the on-site support – as are international road racing teams. Furthermore, training courses are offered in South Africa, Malaysia and Australia, among other places.
As such, the experts from Munich are on the go around the world all season. "Our engineers spend an average 35 to 40 weekends per year at the racetrack, in order to support our customers on-site,"said Hauser.
BMW is more strongly represented at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, the World Superbike Championship, than it has been for a long time. When the 2016 WSBK season gets underway on Phillip Island, Australia, this weekend (27th/28th February), it will feature two BMW customer teams with a total of four BMW S 1000 RRs: the Althea BMW Racing Team and Milwaukee BMW.
Jordi Torres, who already has one victory and four podiums to his name in the WSBK, and two-time IDM champion Markus Reiterberger, start for Althea. The team itself has been active in the WSBK for many years and won the world championship with Carlos Checa in 2011. The Milwaukee BMW team has been one of the dominant teams in the British Superbike Championship (BSB), and won the title last season with Josh Brookes. The team and Brookes now compete in the WSBK. The BSB champion’s team-mate is former MotoGP rider Karel Abraham.
"We hope we are well prepared, and that both our teams will make a strong start to the season," said Hauser. "Our goal is to achieve good results with the teams, and to mix it with the established works teams with some strong performances. Who knows, maybe we can even make it onto the podium this season?"
One area in which the demand for the RR and the support from Munich has grown enormously over the past two years is road racing. An ever-increasing number of teams are putting their faith in the potential of the BMW S 1000 RR and the know-how of HP Race Support at major events and in the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC). Successes like the victories at the Isle of Man TT and the Macau Grand Prix speak for themselves.
"To be honest, we never believed that the interest among teams would grow so rapidly when BMW returned to the Isle of Man two years ago. This is a credit to us, and shows what a fine reputation our RR and our brand enjoys in the world of road racing. At the same time, however, it is also an obligation for us," said Hauser.
Hauser and his team at HP Race Support are ready for the new season. They are already underway on various different continents, where they are working hand in hand with their customers.
And what does Hauser expect of the 2016 racing year? "I am looking forward to an exciting season with thrilling races. Above all, I hope that we do not have any big crashes or serious injuries. I hope our customer teams have a lot of fun with the RR at the racetracks round the world. We are hoping that the hard work put in by the teams and our support team will be rewarded with many successes." You can find more information on the range of services provided by HP Race Support at the link below.