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Munich, Germany, 27/04/2016, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy BMW Motorrad Motorsport

The young gun

An interview with BMW racer Maximilian Scheib

At the end of the 2015 season in the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV), a young Chilean attracted attention: Maximilian Scheib came to the series in October to compete in the last three rounds on the EasyRace SBK Team BMW S 1000 RR. At the age of only 20 years, he rapidly adapted to the new series and the new bike. In the five races he contested at the end of 2015, Scheib finished second on the podium on four occasions.

In 2016, he continues his streak of success: At the season opener at Valencia, he took victory on his Targobank EasyRace SBK Team BMW S 1000 RR – being the first Chilean to win a CEV race. In addition, in early April he impressed at a wild card appearance in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) by finishing in a strong ninth at Spanish MotorLand Aragón.

One can easily say that Scheib entered the international stage with a bang. Before coming to Europe, Scheib successfully raced in South America. In 2000, at only five years old, he started racing, competing in small motocross categories. In 2008, he raced in the 250 cc category. Only one year later, in 2009, he was crowned champion in the 600 cc class of the Argentinian Championship.

In 2015, he won the title in the highest category of the Argentinian Championship, the 600 cc Supersport class. In addition, Scheib also took the title in the Chilean Superbike and Supermotard Championships three years in a row. He also competed in several races in Mexico. In 2015, Scheib also opened the next chapter in his career. He started racing in Europe, first competing in the Moto2 class of the FIM CEV European Championship. Then in October, he debuted on the BMW S 1000 RR and in the Superbike class – starting his impressive streak of success. In an interview, Scheib speaks about being part of the big global BMW Motorrad Motorsport family, the key to success, the tough road to international racing, his life between Chile and Europe, and his goals for the future.

A life dedicated to the sport

Question: It is for sure not easy for a young rider from Chile to make this huge step and to race in Europe in a high-class championship like the CEV. How did you succeed?

Maximilian Scheib: “I got support from my father and I think it was only possible because my life is dedicated to this sport – with hard training and sacrifices. I also think that I have a special talent that makes it worth all the effort.”

Question: You impressed with brilliant performances in the fiinal rounds of the 2015 season. Now you have kicked of the 2016 season with victory in the first race, being the first Chilean to win in the CEV. What is the secret of your success? You as the rider? The team? The bike? Or a combination of all of them?

Scheib: “The bike and the team are very important. The level of the riders is amazing in the CEV and I think that the strong package of the BMW S 1000 RR made it easier for me to win. So it is without any doubt a combination of all of them. The team is great, it is doing a brilliant job and makes sure that everything is working very well.”

Question: Let us imagine we are back in spring 2015 – did you expect to be a winner in the CEV one year later in 2016?

Scheib: “Well, obviously it always was my dream, but back then it seemed to be impossible. But I kept pushing forward and it all paid off!”

“The team is everything for me”

Question: What is the difference between racing in South America and in the CEV in Europe?

Scheib: “The level of the riders in Europe is more even and higher. There are more fast riders on the track with you. This means that you have to work harder and to try to be the fastest off from the start. The set-up of the bike has to be more precise and more suited to the rider. I was very lucky to get into a team like the Targobank EasyRace SBK Team as it is a very strong team.”

Question: You are a young guy racing on another continent. How important is the team as a kind of “substitute family”?

Scheib: “The team is everything for me. I spend a lot of time in Spain and when I am there, I stay with the Targobank EasyRace SBK Team at its headquarters. I have a very good relationship with all of them, especially with the Team Manager Eduardo Salvador and with all the mechanics.”

Proud to be a part of BMW Motorrad

Question: You are also a part of the big, worldwide BMW Motorrad Motorsport family. How comfortable do you feel in this community?

Scheib: “I feel very comfortable. From the start I felt very good on the BMW S 1000 RR. The team has a lot of experience with the bike and it made me feel comfortable on the RR from the word go. And now it is even better because we get support from the German engineers of the HP Race Support who are working on the electronics. Being a part of the BMW Motorrad brand makes me feel proud. I belong to one of the top brands in technology and everything that has to do with motorsport. That is an amazing feeling.”

Question: How do you like the concept of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy?

Scheib: “It is great to have this competition against so many other BMW racers from all around the globe, and to bring them all together this way. I think it really is a cool concept and I will try to collect as many Race Trophy points as possible.”

Question: After spending four weeks in a row in Spain, you were happy to return home to Chile after Valencia. How important are your family and friends at home?

Scheib: “They are one of the most important things in my life. When I am back home, I get new motivation and I know why I love what I do. That makes me even stronger when returning to Europe. My partner Paulette Polin playes a major role in my life. She supports me in a way that no one else can. I like where I live and I like my country. The only negative point is that I don’t get any support from anyone there, meaning from the government, from companies or sport brands. In Chile there is no support for high level sports except soccer. So we need to call attention so they know that we are important, too.”

Perseverance, talent, strength

Question: How do you spend your time when you are not racing?

Scheib: “When I am not racing I am training. It is both my hobby and my job. I also spend as much time as possible with my loved ones. And I am also attending press conferences and meetings trying to get support.”

Question: Do you have any role-models?

Scheib: “I am a huge fan of Valentino Rossi. I always watch MotoGP – and I want to race there myself in a few years.” Question: How would you describe yourself in three words? Scheib: “Perseverance, talent, strength.”

Questions: What are your goals for the 2016 season?

Scheib: “Keep working hard for each race, being smart in the races, and to do everything in my hand to fight for the title in the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship.”

Question: You are only 20 and just at the start of your international career. What are your long-term goals for the next years in motorcycle racing?

Scheib: “I want to race in the Superbike World Championship and use my results there to reach the top category of prototype racing, the MotoGP.”

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