BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 08/07/2015, BMW Motorrad Community
BMW motorcycles as far as the eye can see, tens of thousands of visitors, glorious sunshine and an impressive mountain backdrop: Last weekend, BMW Motorrad enthusiasts from around the world flocked to the 2015 BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
One of the popular destinations of the event site was the BMW Motorrad Motorsport stand. The visitors got a real feel for racing at the race truck belonging to Rico Penzkofer and his team Penz13.com. BMW Motorrad Motorsport Marketing Director Udo Mark and his team presented the extensive activities of BMW Motorrad Motorsport around the globe and the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
The visitors were able to get a close look at some BMW S 1000 RR racing machines, including the RR on which Guy Martin contested the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, the RR of Ayrton Badovini from the FIM World Superbike Championship, the BMW of BMW MOTORRAD France Penz13.com from the FIM Endurance World Championship, as well as the BMW S 1000 RR Safety Bike from the MotoGPTM. And naturally they had the opportunity to meet some of the protagonists personally and talk about horsepower with the stars of the racing scene. Since many of the riders from the BMW Motorrad Motorsport community didn’t want to miss out on attending this special family get-together in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, for them it was also a welcome opportunity to meet up away from the racetrack and swap stories about their RRs and championships while spending a fantastic weekend together.
This week Guy Martin rides his Tyco BMW S 1000 RR in the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man, where he will race against the clock and go in pursuit of records. But he used his weekend off to attend the 2015 BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This was the first time he was a guest at this event – and he was clearly overwhelmed.
“It’s totally amazing,” raved the road racing star. “People from around the world come here with their BMWs just to be part of it. I am genuinely more than impressed.” Naturally, speed junkie Martin got on a bike himself at the BMW Motorrad Days – including in the ‘Wall of Death’, to the delight of fans! “It’s cool that this is here! I also ride in the ‘Wall of Death’ at home in England, and my aim is to break a record,” he said. “My aim is to ride at more than 100 miles per hour in it. I need to train for that, and this was the perfect opportunity here.”
Misano, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Laguna Seca: Ayrton Badovini also used the weekend off between two rounds of the FIM World Superbike Championship to travel to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It was the third visit to the BMW Motorrad Days for the Italian of BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team.
“It’s fantastic! Every year more people come and the event keeps on getting bigger and more impressive. And then there is the sensational location right in the mountains – beautiful. And then when the weather is great as it was this year, it’s just so much fun,” enthused Badovini.
Without a doubt, Lance Isaacs and Valerie Thompson travelled the furthest. Isaacs, who contests the South African SuperGP Champions Trophy successfully on the BMW S 1000 RR, flew in from Cape Town for the BMW Motorrad Days. “It’s an absolutely sensational event, I’ve never experienced anything like it. There are so many BMW enthusiasts here, men, women, children – you can see how big and friendly the BMW Motorrad community is. BMW Motorrad has such a varied range of products, there is something for everyone – and you can discover that here in Garmisch,” explained an impressed Isaacs, and instantly started making plans: “I’m thinking about organising something similar in South Africa. We have a lot of GS and RR riders there, and it would be a great idea to organise an event like this for them.”
Queen of speed Valerie Thompson made the trip specially from the USA. The American has set numerous speed records, most recently in 2014, when she reached a speed of 217.7 mph (350.53 km/h) on her BMW S 1000 RR. She is currently training for a new project: She wants to break the 300 mph barrier. She hasn’t passed up the opportunity to attend the BMW Motorrad Days for several years now. “I just love this event,” she emphasised. “The atmosphere, the crowds of people, all the different motorcycles, the opportunity to meet other riders – that’s what the BMW Motorrad Days are all about.”
Maria Costello proves impressively that it’s not only tough men who are at home in road racing. On her BMW S 1000 RR, she recently showed at the Isle of Man TT that the supposed “weaker” sex can also really go for it in road racing. And naturally she didn’t pass on the BMW Motorrad Days either: “I’m here for the first time and am totally overwhelmed. It’s incredible how many people came here with their motorcycles. You feel like part of an enormous community and it’s great fun!”
Sabine Holbrook also represents girl power on the RR. Alongside her diverse tasks as a model, business women and mother of two children, the German is also trying her hand at the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship this season. This was also her first appearance at the BMW Motorrad Days. “It’s fantastic! Totally crazy how huge this event is, how much there is to see and experience here,” was her summary.
Now the BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders have returned to their respective corners of the world. But one thing is certain: If their race calendar allows, they will be at the BMW Motorrad Days again next year.