Press releases from the SMR BMW team and from the GoEleven Ducati team of Eugene Laverty:
The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team completes first competitive WorldSBK test.
25.01.19 - Circuito de Jerez Ángel Nieto
Following on from a successful test at Andalucía back in December, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team this week had their first WorldSBK outing at the Circuito de Jerez Ángel Nieto, with riders Tom Sykes and newly crowned STK champion Markus Reiterberger.
Markus and Tom both worked heavily on their test schedule trying out different electronic strategies and various chassis configurations. Despite an early crash from Tom on day-two the BMW duo collected valuable data ahead of the second two-day test on Sunday and Monday in Portimao.
Shaun Muir - Team Principal
“The progress and development of the new S 1000 RR so far has been very positive. From the shakedown test in Andalucía we established a good base setting which gave a clear direction to work on here in Jerez. The SMR team and BMW Motorrad engineers together have done a great job in getting the Superbike to a good level.
Overall I am feeling positive with the way the test went, for Markus it was important that he completed his programme which he did, so this is a good step for him going into the second test. Tom also made good progress on day one, unfortunately he had an early crash on day two which set him back in terms of his test schedule, but he will get to complete the rest of his schedule over at Portimao in just a few days’ time."
Tom Sykes (GBR)
“So far we’ve had a really successful run of tests, Andalucía we gained lot of valuable information so moving into day one at Jerez I couldn’t have asked for much more. Things were working smoothly and even the lap times we did were competitive considering it was the third day of the set up.
Day two obviously we had a little setback and basically lost a day of testing, but I have to say it was minor detail considering the positives that we’ve taken from the project so far.
The feedback from the new S 1000 RR has been really consistent and the whole team have been working in the right direction, so going Portimao now we try and continue to work in the same way."
Markus Reiterberger (GER)
"I am quite happy with the way test went in Jerez. We tested a lot of things for my positioning on the bike and made some changes to my foot pegs and handlebars, this was a problem before but now I feel a little bit better.
We followed the schedule for Jerez which is good, tested a lot on the brakes, suspension and the electronics and made good progress with that. I am still not fully confident to make fast laps but we are working on it, today I have a meeting with my new crew chief so we can make a plan ahead of the second test.
I think going into Portimao now we need to make another few adjustments to my position, so I can achieve 100% feeling with my bike. We will also check the swing arm again and make some geometry changes, but overall I happy with the way the test went.”
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team livery reveal
The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team invites the media to a meet and greet on Monday 28th January in Portimao. At 10am both Markus Reiterberger and Tom Sykes will be present to reveal the 2019 new colours in the pit box, before completing laps around the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve for the media.
First laps, first feeling from Jerez!
First steps on the new Ducati V4-R, first team-building test, first laps to help the rider to remove the residual rust from the cold winter months! After so much waiting and so many gossips the masterpiece of engineering from Bologna is on the track!
All this happened during the two days of testing just ended at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit.
The track presented itself with a new and slippery asphalt to be discovered, a factor that has slightly complicated the tests during the first day, but has nevertheless allowed the WorldSbk riders to carry out the pre-set work program!
During the first day of the test, Eugene looked for the right position on the bike, starting to feel the reaction of the powerful V4 in his hands; even the guys, under the watchful eyes of the Ducati’s technician, gave their best to understand the operation and the changes that could be implemented on the Red of Borgo Panigale. Only 35 laps made, as per the initial plan, but the Northern Ireland ace has immediately felt the great potential of our bike: the gearbox and the engine are truly impressive! The latter releases an incredible power that must be managed in the best way to be exploited in each of his horsepower.
On the second day, after having been closer to the top, our first technical components were builded: Bitubo suspension and Galfer brakes. Eugene felt immediately comfortable, confirming the high quality of our partners' products, even signing the best time of the day in the evening, in conditions of cold asphalt, not optimal, race tyres and full of gas. To conclude, after only two days on the bike at 1.7 from the Kawasaki of Rea is really a good start!
The help provided by Ducati technicians was also really important: wonderful people, able to instill all the Ducati racing experience. who explain every little detail with the calm and precision required!
This two days on the Andalusian circuit has given even more confidence to the rider and the team, but the way to the perfect set-up is still long. On 27-28 January in Portimao Team Go Eleven and Eugene Laverty will be on track with all the latest changes to improve the lap time getting closer to the top positions!
Denis Sacchetti (team manager):
"It was like the first time with the girl you always dreamed of! Bringing the red of Borgo Panigale to the track is a unique emotion, this is the Ferrari of motorcycles! The first day we focused on getting to know the bike and the rider, Eugene did a great job of preparation for the second day, which we considered the real start of the tests. The initial work was done on the basis provided by Ducati, then we started sewing the bike on Eugene, until the Bitubo suspension and the Galfer brake discs were builded for the first time on a Ducati. Both have given positive feedback, even the best time of the day was set in this configuration, showing that our partners have done an incredible job.
For us, the best lap was not important, but we can still be satisfied with our performance, considering that Eugene has never push to make the best time possible ".
Eugene Laverty (rider):
“Jerez was a good first test for us to understand the new Ducati V4 R. The potential is very high as the engine has a very linear power curve and the gearbox is very smooth. I am impressed with the stability in the braking area, however we must work on making the rear of the bike more calm in the middle and exit of the corner. This will be our main objective for the upcoming test in Portimao. I’m very happy with Team Go Eleven, already there is a fantastic atmosphere in the pit box.”