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BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team training session at Zolder

2020-06-17T10:12:21+02:00June 17th, 2020|2019-2020, 24 Heures Motos 2020|

BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team made their first post-lockdown outing at the Zolder circuit in Belgium. The team were keen to get back into the groove and practice their pit stops.

The Belgian factory-backed BMW team picked Zolder to do their first few runs after the health crisis-forced suspension. In the absence of Ilya Mikhalchik, who is still unable to leave the Ukraine, and Markus Reiterberger, who was unavailable, Kenny Foray was the only one of BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team’s three-rider line-up to go out on track. He was able to test the three S 1000 RR bikes that have been prepared for the next two EWC races: the 24 Heures Motos and the Bol d‘Or.

This initial outing was also intended to get BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team’s multinational pit crew back together to revive their reflexes, optimize pit stop time and prepare for emergency repairs during the race.

Steven Casaer, team’s technical director: “We made good progress. We tried out different stopping methods and found one that’s markedly faster and more efficient, especially for brake changes. We haven’t had to do any so far, but it’s always good to be prepared and be familiar with the task. We also did some mock repairs after a crash. The mechanics did a great job, but I hope we won’t have to actually put it into practice.”

Kenny Foray, rider: “It was really great to be in Zolder. It was the first time that I had been able to ride the motorcycle in three long months. We tested a few parts and at the end of the day I did a few laps just for fun. The feeling was incomparable! I was so happy to be able to work with my team again. I am now looking forward to next test in Le Mans, mid-July. I want to get back on the racetrack as soon as possible and I think we are very well prepared.”

Werner Daemen, team manager: “At Zolder we focused on testing new parts and Kenny did a really good job. We tested the teamwork and tried to get even faster. Of course, we followed the new security measures based on COVID-19, also to get used to them for the following tests and events.”

Look at BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team at work in Zolder.

First roll out for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team in a private test on the Circuit ZolderLast week, for the first time since the start of the corona pandemic, a scaled-down version of the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team was found at Circuit Zolder in Belgium to test a few new parts for the BMW S 1000 RR as part of a track day by the Motorsportschool Zolder. Kenny Foray came all the way from France and was looking forward to his first laps in three long months. It wasn't really an endurance test, but it was an important gathering of the team to get workflows and equipment as prepared as possible for the next big event – the 24 hours race at the Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans, France in August.Kenny Foray:“It was really great to be in Zolder. It was the first time that I had been able to ride the motorcycle in three long months. We tested a few parts and at the end of the day I did a few laps just for fun. The feeling was incomparable! I was so happy to be able to work with my team again. I am now looking forward to next test in Le Mans, mid-July. I want to get back on the racetrack as soon as possible and I think we are very well prepared. ”Werner Daemen, Team Manager:“We started testing again as a team last week. It is still difficult to travel in Europe, but it should be possible again from mid-June. We tested the teamwork and tried to get even faster. Of course, we followed the new security measures based on COVID-19, also to get used to them for the following tests and events. At Zolder we focused on testing new parts and Kenny did a really good job. However, our test program has not yet been completed and we are pleased that with this short test in Zolder we were able to prepare well for the further official tests in mid-July in Le Mans and the second half of the year and that we increased our speed a bit. ”BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW M alphaRacing Horeca Van Zon MOTOREX Powersports Dunlop Moto MRP Motorcycle Racing Parts Motorsportschool Zolder#makelifearide #bmws1000rr #bmwmotorrad

Publiée par BMW Motorrad EWC sur Mardi 16 juin 2020