As reported by BMW over the weekend, here’s the latest news in BMW Motorrad.
Hat-trick at the Isle of Man TT
Peter Hickman (GBR) has completed the hat-trick with his BMW M 1000 RR at this year’s Isle of Man TT. After winning the Superbike and Superstock races at the beginning of race week, the Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing rider was also victorious in the prestigious Senior TT that closed the event. Three races, three wins is the summary for Hickman and the BMW M 1000 RR on the IoMTT debut for the bike.
Hickman commented after his Senior TT win: “What a week! Just as usual, we had highs and lows over the week but it is just phenomenal. The BMW M 1000 RR has won all the big races here which is fantastic for BMW and for me. Honestly, massive thanks to absolutely everyone who has supported us, that’s from partners, sponsors, team personnel, all the fans around the circuit. Lots of people waving again, that’s absolutely brilliant. But my thoughts are also with the people who are unfortunately not going home this time.”
WorldSBK at Misano
After victories in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) and at the Isle of Man TT, BMW Motorrad Motorsport had a weekend with positive aspects but also difficulties in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). Round four of the 2022 WorldSBK season took place at Misano, Italy. The hard work put in by the two teams, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team, was not reflected in the results at the Italian circuit, which has proved to be a tough place to visit already in the past. However, BMW Motorrad Motorsport did gather valuable information for the coming races which will now be analyzed.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “The weekend was not as satisfactory for us as we had hoped – neither with regard to the results nor the distance from the leaders. The top three or four positions are not achievable at the moment, that much is clear, but our goal is definitely to challenge for fifth place. In Sunday’s race, we showed that, as far as the lap times are concerned, we have the pace to compete in the group from fifth to eighth place. However, we had very bad starts – with Scott in particular – and consequently lost too much time in the opening laps. We could not recover from that. We must now find out what the cause was. It goes without saying that we must find even more pace from the bike. That goes for all four riders. We will now test at Donington on 28th June where we will try a few things out and focus more strongly on the start. Ilya had a tough weekend. After about 1,000 laps on Dunlop tyres and an endurance bike, it took him a while to adapt. What he then produced in the second main race was very pleasing. Loris was on a very similar level to Scott in race two, but had unfortunately had a little mishap in the morning’s Superpole race. He also struggled at the start, and with the clutch in general. Eugene also really struggled. The feedback from the riders is all very similar, and we must now deal with these points. All in all, we are not where we need to be. We must stick with it to make steady progress.”
[Photos and reporting by BMW]