BMW to make strong comeback

2018-08-25T10:07:20+02:00August 25th, 2018|2018-2019, Bol d’Or 2018|

BMW Motorrad is entering a beefed-up factory team for the 2018-2019 FIM EWC season. NRT48 has been renamed ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance and features a new rider trio of endurance specialists.

German team NRT48 has undergone some changes, and is making a strong comeback under a different name: ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance. The BMW factory team will be going after the world title with more than one ace up its sleeve.

Proskaro, a German robotics company headed by former Endurance racer Uwe Reinhardt, remains the team’s main sponsor: hence the name ERC, for ‘Equipe Reinhardt Competition’. Yvan Haberkorn, who jointly manages Proskaro, is the team manager of the new ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance squad, alongside technical crew chief Ingo Nowaczyk.

The new rider line-up provides serious backup for Kenny Foray. He will be partnering throughout the season (Suzuka 8 Hours included) with Julien da Costa and Mathieu Gines. The three French riders – all seasoned Endurance racers – know each other well. Kenny Foray and Mathieu Gines picked up the 2014 endurance world championship for GMT94 Yamaha. Julien da Costa has two Bol d’Or wins and three 24 Heures Motos victories to his credit. He also helped pull off Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s world title in 2007, 2008 and 2013. In other words, this trio will be targeting every podium plus the world title at the end of the season.