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At home with Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team riders talk isolation

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team riders, Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty are both following ‘Stay at Home’ advice, with racing on hold and the wheels coming to a standstill, but plenty to do on the home front. Sykes, as a father, has now more time to spend with his daughters, while Laverty is pursuing long-held interests, such as music and languages.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Tom Sykes

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes

Both riders were already following Stay at Home guidelines, even before it was made obligatory by governments. “It’s a strange time and while the situation is relatively under control in my estimate here in Portugal, my wife Pippa and I have opted to keep ourselves in lockdown out of the principle ‘Stay at Home’,” says Laverty, who lives near the Portimão race track in Portugal.

Sykes adding,  “It’s a difficult time for everybody world-wide in this present time. Everybody is doing their part, trying to get this virus under control. It is best to stay at home at the moment and hope that this passes sooner rather than later.”

Tom Sykes

Usually, WorldSBK riders are on the road a lot. So for family man Sykes, the break brings with it the positive that he can now spend much more time with his two daughters. They are with him at his home in Leamington Spa, England. The three of them are staying in touch with the rest of their close family by phone.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Tom Sykes

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes

According to Sykes, in general not a lot has changed for him at the moment, “I’m very fortunate, as since I was young one of my goals was working towards getting myself set up in a nice home. I certainly thank my lucky stars at this time more than ever.” His home has large grounds, allowing the trio to spend plenty of time outside, whilst still staying at home.

“We’ve got a few things set up outside along with a very large trampoline in the garden, which we are using a lot,” says Sykes. “We have been lucky to have great weather here. It has almost been like early summer so we have been playing a lot outside. My two girls love to dance, so I turned on the outside music and set up a little wooden stage for the girls to dance on. It was great value entertainment for me too.”

And when it cools down outside, the play continues inside. “We paint, do crafts, watch movies and indulge in a number of treats. We are able to still be quite normal, with the exception of not going to school at present.” With this in mind, Sykes has taken on a new role of being a teacher for his children and helps with the homework from school for this extended period.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Tom Sykes

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes

As well as the garden and the living room, Sykes also spends a lot of time in the kitchen. “I have always been the one to do the cooking anyway, but the chef side in me has come out in force now,” he grins. “I always think of good meal plans in my head for me and my girls because we always eat fresh food but obviously now that luxury is not as simple so my freezer is full as we have come up with a different approach to make the ingredients go further.” Sykes is also in action as a craftsman, carrying out some DIY work around his house.

Eugene Laverty

Meanwhile, Laverty is also far from bored in Portugal. One of the first things he did at home was to take on some 1000-piece jigsaws. The first one is already complete, with more to follow. He has also signed up for an online guitar course.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Eugene Laverty

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Eugene Laverty

Eugene Laverty

“Come the summer we may have to schedule some gigs around World Superbike race weekends. Entry will be free and complimentary ear plugs provided,” he says with a chuckle. Laverty has been learning Portuguese for a long time, but has now upped his daily lessons. “Music and language are two things that I wish I’d done more of as a kid, and now I’m making up for it. They’re great for the mind, too,“ he says.

Together with his wife Pippa, Laverty is taking part in an online first aid course. They are learning what to do, for example, in case of a respiratory arrest, heart attack or haemorrhages, such as cardiopulmonary massage and the recovery position. “They are important basic lessons that can save lives,” Laverty stresses.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Eugene Laverty

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Eugene Laverty

Eugene Laverty

Laverty is also very active on his social media channels and is coming up with things for his fans. These include his podcast, which he now records from home. And – thanks to the wonders of digital networking via social media – he also takes on various different challenges with other racers from the world of two and four-wheel motorsport, from jigsaws to fitness challenges.

Fitness & Training

Speaking of fitness, fitness training obviously still takes up plenty of time for the two riders from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. As professional racers, they are preparing for the moment when everything resumes.

For Sykes, the current situation has changed nothing in this regard. “I’ve been training from home since 2011,” he explains. “I always planned to be based at home for a number of reasons but mainly to be more productive with my time so I am lucky to have a fully-functioning gym at home. That means I am very well set-up and don’t have to worry about the training aspect. The only thing I am not doing at this moment is to go cycling outside.”

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Eugene Laverty

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Eugene Laverty

Eugene Laverty

Laverty has also had to put his big hobby, cycling, on hold. “We are still permitted to, but the reality is that there are 100,000s of cycling accidents per year and now is not the time to add stress to our healthcare workers.” And so his bike sits on a stationary trainer in his fitness room at home.

While he spends hours clocking up the kilometres at home, he watches old racing documentaries and season reviews. In addition, Laverty uses a power station framework for his strength and conditioning. “I am missing riding motorbikes,” Laverty says. “But absence makes the heart grow fonder, so I will be more than ready to return to action!”

Source: MCNews.com.au

Tom Sykes walks a new walk and talks a new talk in 2019

With Mark Bracks

During the week leading up to the opening round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship, it was noticeable on first sight of the 2013 Superbike World Champion, Tom Sykes, that there is a renewed vigour and spring in his step. A beaming smile with a “heeey-oop” heavy in a Yorkshire twang, rather than the more sullen demeanour we witnessed last season.

The last couple of years have been especially challenging for the 33-year-old, not only having to contend with a dominant team mate in his business life, but the real challenges had come in his personal life. That is now behind him and Tom has now come full circle after the break down of his marriage, with a new lease on life.

The “old” Tom Sykes has returned

WSBK Rnd Phillip Island Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes

Signing with the new look BMW Motorrad WSBK Team, led by the vastly experienced Shaun Muir, and complete with factory support from Germany.

The head of BMW Motorrad, Markus Schramm, stated on the weekend that BMW is in the WSBK field for the long haul, and won’t be happy until they have at least one World Championship trophy in the Bavarian locker.

2019 marks Sykes’ 11th full season in the WSBK paddock, a period that has yielded one championship (in 2013), and five top-three championship positions since 2012, including 34 race wins on the green beasts, as well as being Mr Superpole over the last six years.

WSBK Round Phillip Island SBK Friday Rob Mott Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes – Image by Rob Mott

Also for the first time in a number of years, the second fiddle is no long his as he is the lead in the BMW orchestra. Last year was Sykes’ worst season since 2011, with only one win (at Assen), but with consistency he still managed to wind up fourth overall, behind his teammate Jonathan Rea, Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark.

The BMW project to join the 2019 title was only finalised back in May last year, so there is still a lot of forward progress expected and demanded by all concerned in the team.

Additionally, off-track happenings in his private life did not make for a happy person in recent seasons. The combination of the two pressures, in business and at home, had taken their toll on a guy that used to be the joker in the paddock.

Tom Sykes – Image by TBG Sport

Tom Sykes, will be joined by BMW faithful Markus Reiterberger, and is ecstatic with the new uniform and the S 1000 RR. Last week gave plenty of indications that the old Tom is the new Tom.

MCNews.com.au caught up with him for a chat over the weekend.

Tom Sykes Interview

Mark Bracks: Tom Sykes, first up, sum up round one for us.

Tom Sykes: “Yea, quite good. I’m really happy with where things are progressing, the whole of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is working really quite flawlessly, so I’m really just enjoying riding the S 1000 RR. We’re certainly making progress. In a lot of areas, wow, working on the chassis, electronics, suspension, there’s a lot of stuff. So we’re just slowly working through it.”

WSBK Test PI Final Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes – 2019 Phillip Island WSBK

Mark Bracks: Have you worked with Shaun before?

Tom Sykes: “No this is the first time.”

Mark Bracks: What’s the biggest – I know they are both in-line fours,– what’s the biggest difference between the BMW and the Kawasaki?

Tom Sykes: “Well, you know I could really go into detail, but it might give the game away, let’s just say that the engine characters are quite different, but certainly something which I’ve been looking for, and like I said it is proven. I enjoy riding the BMW, so we’ll just work around what we’ve got and keep improving.”

Tom Sykes – 2019 Phillip Island WSBK – TBG Image

Mark Bracks: What stage is the engine development at? Full race pack engines?

Tom Sykes: “I’m the wrong person to answer that, I like to think there’s plenty more in the tank, and I think when you take into account, that when the green light was given on this project, the time to start doing a lot of research into the tuning aspect was obviously quite limited.

“It’s probably not the place to say too much, but what I will say on the other hand is that [considering] when the green light was given, where we are at now is absolutely incredible. Given my experience I’d probably say that no one else could have done any better, the work the guys have done to turn up here at Phillip Island with all the parts and the spares, and get on the grid and to be as competitive as we are, is a credit to all them boys involved.”

WSBK Test PI Final Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes – 2019 Phillip Island WSBK

Mark Bracks: Where’s your best and worst corners here?

Tom Sykes: “The main sector when you need big melons would do it pretty well, through the hayshed and through that area. I’m not shy when it comes to there, our worst area is the straights really, a couple of the guys in the box were thinking the last sector is probably not as sharp as it should be.

“I said don’t worry we’re missing a little bit down the straight, which is obviously most of the last sector, but you know I’ve got some experience behind me, and like I said to the boys, on the quiet, I really feel we’re doing our job through the corners, so the rest will come naturally as we develop the engine on the S 1000 RR.”

WSBK Test PI Day Sykes
Tom Sykes – 2019 Phillip Island WSBK

Mark Bracks: This really has invigorated your passion and penchant for racing, hasn’t it?

Tom Sykes: “The last few years have been difficult on and off the track, obviously I just enjoy racing motorcycles and I just want the opportunity to show my potential again. Personally, now things are getting a lot clearer after my recent private life dramas, and I’m now putting that behind me. That clarity is also influencing my on-track action, and like I said really really enjoying it all. You know the S 1000 RR is a bike which I’ve probably been looking for, for a couple of years anyway, like I said it’s so early in the development stages that to be where we are is really impressive and I’m grateful for this opportunity from SMR, and BMW.”

WSBK Test PI Final Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes – 2019 Phillip Island WSBK

Mark Bracks: So your personal life and professional life is in the best spot for a while?

Tom Sykes: “For at least probably three years at least, so you know it’s now where I can hopefully start to work again and make things happen. You know what, it’s one of those ‘on the business side of things’, it is what it is. I don’t think it’s a big problem swapping the teams, but on the personal side, I really feel like I’m getting rid of a black cloud that’s been following me around, so that’s certainly going to help on the business end of the equation.

“I think what’s good is that it is a clean slate, a real clean slate and I’m just grateful that I’ve got so much experience to not get lost in the early stages of development, because it’s very easy to do. I think with my experience and the quality of the team and the manufacturer around me, we’ve been able to work together very efficiently, in this respect.”

WSBK Test PI Final Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes – 2019 Phillip Island WSBK

Sykes claimed seventh in Race 1 at the 2019 opening round at Phillip Island, before taking 11th in the Sunday Superpole Sprint Race, with a strong start marred by running wide on the opening lap and losing a number of positions. The final race of the weekend saw Tom Sykes claim 13th place, with a total haul of 12 points to kick off the season.

WSBK Test PI Final Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes – 2019 Phillip Island WSBK
Shaun Muir – BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team Principal

“We’ve got to be realistic and we have probably reached our goals for the first time we have raced the BMW S 1000 RR. So we are very happy. We have had no major incidents and I think that we have proved that the bike is going to be competitive very soon. We clearly have our limitations at the moment and we will work hard on sorting them out in the break until the next races. Both riders rode very well and both have been very patient to understand that we need to work for the development parts to come through. So from my side the overall summary is that we can look forward to a very competitive bike over the course of the season. We just need to be patient and wait for that to arrive.”

World Superbike Standings following Round 1, 2019

  1. Alvaro Bautista Ducati 62
  2. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 49
  3. Marco Melandri Yamaha 30
  4. Alex Lowes Yamaha 30
  5. Michael van der Mark Yamaha 29
  6. Leon Haslam Kawasaki 24
  7. Sandro Cortese Yamaha 19
  8. Chaz Davies Ducati 15
  9. Tom Sykes BMW 12
  10. Eugene Laverty Ducati 12
  11. Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki 10
  12. Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 9
  13. Leandro Mercado Kawasaki 7
  14. Jordi Torres Kawasaki 7
  15. Markus Reiterberger BMW 7
  16. Leon Camier Honda 6
  17. Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda 1

Source: MCNews.com.au

WSBK Phillip Island Test Day One Times/Speeds/Report

Alvaro Bautista fastest in both sessions

WorldSBK 2019 Phillip Island Test
Day 1 – PM Report

A stiff wind caused riders all sorts of problems this afternoon and of the morning top ten it was only Tom Sykes on the new BMW, and the man that replaced him on the KRT ZX-10R, Leon Haslam, that successfully battled the breeze to lower their markers this afternoon. Sykes moving up fourth quickest on combined times just ahead of Haslam.

Morning or afternoon, wind or no wind, the consistently fastest man of the day was Alvaro Bautista but it was his morning time that remained the fastest overall. The #19 Ducati Panigale V4 R the only machine to dip under the 1m31s benchmark today, a 1m30.743 the best of three laps in a row that the 34-year-old recorded in that 1m30s bracket during FP1.

Bautista’s best time is actually under the 1m30.848 race lap record set by Marco Melandri during last year’s second World Superbike race at Phillip Island on the V-Twin Panigale. The outright World Superbike lap record though belongs to Jonathan Rea who put in a 1m29.573 during qualifying here two years ago.

WSBK Test PI Day GeeBee Alvaro Bautista
Alvaro Bautista – GeeBee Image

Bautista’s Ducati team-mate Chaz Davies has not had such an enjoyable day. A technical gremlin this morning saw his Panigale V4 R roll to a stop at Siberia, then this afternoon the Welshman was plagued by agonising back spasms. The 32-year-old ending day one 13th on combined times.

Another rider not having any fun today was Troy Herfoss as the Penrite Honda squad try to get a handle on the new bike they have built for this one-off World Superbike wildcard effort. Proceedings are not going well at all thus far and the team will be scratching their heads. Herfoss rounded out the tail end of the timesheets today with a 1m34.961 in FP1. Worryingly he could only muster a 1m35.475 from his 13 laps this afternoon.

WSBK Test PI Day GeeBee Troy Herfoss
Troy Herfoss – GeeBee Image

The reigning ASBK Superbike Champion went more than two-seconds faster than today’s best in race trim aboard the ASBK, almost Superstock spec’, Fireblade here back in October. Some serious head scratching and spanner twirling going to be undertaken in that pit garage this evening…

WSBK Test PI Day GeeBee Troy Herfoss
Troy Herfoss – GeeBee Image

Alex Lowes is showing encouraging speed on the Pata Yamaha to clock the second fastest time of the day ahead of Jonathan Rea.

Alex Lowes – TBG Image

Along with Tom Sykes in fourth, that made for four different brands filling the top four spots on the day’s combined times.

WSBK Test PI Day GeeBee Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea – GeeBee Image

Marco Melandri was sixth quickest ahead of fellow Yamaha riders Michael Van der Mark and Sandro Cortese.

Marco Melandri – TBG Image

Markus Reiterberger and Toprak Razgatlioglu rounded out the top ten ahead of the leading Honda of Leon Camier.

WorldSBK RPM Limits

Overnight Dorna released updated RPM limits for the 2019 WorldSBK season that will be in place for the start of the season. If a single type of machine looks to have much of an advantage these limits will be reduced further during the season.  The new BMW will start season 2019 with a 14,900 rpm limit while the Kawasaki will be pegged to 14,600 rpm.

The new Ducati Panigale V4 R will start with a 16,350 rpm limit, but with both Bautista and Davies clocking by far the fastest speeds in today’s morning session, one would expect that the Ducati rev limit to be reduced in due course…

World Supersport

In the World Supersport ranks it was a Yamaha 1-2 in both the morning and afternoon sessions but while Caricasulo topped FP1 it was team-mate Randy Krummenacher that went fractionally faster in FP2 to top the day on combined times.

WSBK Phillip Island Official Test Mon FP WSSP Krummenacher GB
Randy Krummenacher – GeeBee Image

Goulburn youngster Tom Toparis had been inside the top ten in the morning session but on combined times this afternoon the 18-year-old slipped to 14th. Still a highly creditable results in the 24-rider field. We spoke to him at the end of proceedings today and that interview can be found at this link.

WSBK Phillip Island Official Test Mon FP WSSP Toparis GB
Tom Toparis – GeeBee Image

WorldSBK Testing Phillip Island
Day One Combined Times / Best Speeds

  1. Alvaro Bautista – Ducati 1m30.743 – 314.9 km/h
  2. Alex Lowes – Yamaha 1m31.146 – 308.6 km/h
  3. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki 1m31.189  – 308.6 km/h
  4. Tom Sykes – BMW 1m31.300  – 303.4 km/h
  5. Leon Haslam – Kawasaki 1m31.399 – 308.6 km/h
  6. Marco Melandri – Yamaha 1m31.445 – 314 km/h
  7. Michael VanderMark – Yam 1m31.458 – 304.2 km/h
  8. Sandro Cortese – Yamaha 1m31.639 – 304.2 km/h
  9. Markus Reiterberger – BMW 1m31.992 – 300.0 km/h
  10. Toprak Razgatlioglu – Kaw 1m32.050 – 302.5 km/h
  11. Leon Camier – Honda 1m32.459 – 307.7 km/h
  12. Jordi Torres – Kawasaki 1m32.670 – 300.0 km/h
  13. Chaz Davies – Ducati 1m32.706 – 313 km/h
  14. Leandro Mercado – Kaw 1m32.789 – 300.8 km/h
  15. Eugene Laverty – Ducati 1m32.797 – 305.1 km/h
  16. Ryuichi Kiyonari – Honda 1m32.962 – 306.8 km/h
  17. Michael Rinaldi – Ducati 1m33.402 – 307.7 km/h
  18. A Delbianco – Hon 1m33.949 – 292.7 km/h
  19. Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m34.961 – 295.1 km/h

WorldSSP – Combined Practice Times

  1. KRUMMENACHER Randy SUI Yamaha 1’33.820
  2. CARICASULO Federico ITA Yamaha 1’33.882 +0.062
  3. CLUZEL Jules FRA Yamaha 1’34.198 +.378
  4. MAHIAS Lucas FRA Kawasaki 1’34.222 +0.402
  5. DE ROSA Raffaele ITA MV Agusta 1’34.293 +0.473
  6. OKUBO Hikari JPN Kawasaki 1’34.584 +0.764
  7. BARBERA Hector ESP Yamaha 1’34.751 +0.931
  8. GRADINGER Thomas AUT Yamaha 1’34.753 +0.933
  9. PEROLARI Corentin FRA Yamaha 1’34.850 +1.030
  10. VINALES Isaac ESP Yamaha 1’35.369 +1.549
  11. SOOMER Hannes EST Honda 1’35.516 +1.696
  12. SEBESTYEN Peter HUN CIA Honda 1’35.581 +1.761
  13. CRESSON Loris BEL Yamaha 1’35.588 +1.768
  14. TOPARIS Tom AUS Landbridge Transport Yamaha 1’35.690 +1.870
  15. FULIGNI Federico ITA MV AGUSTA 1’35.762 +1.942
  16. BADOVINI Ayrton ITA Kawasaki 1’35.974 +2.154
  17. VAN SIKKELERUS Jaimie NED Honda 1’36.150 +2.330
  18. HERRERA Maria ESP Yamaha 1’36.214 +2.394
  19. DANILO Jules FRA Honda 1’36.421 +2.601
  20. RUIU Gabriele ITA Honda 1’36.569 +2.749
  21. COPPOLA Alfonso ITA Honda 1’36.629 +2.809
  22. CALERO Nacho ESP Kawasaki 1’36.647 +2.827
  23. HARTOG Rob NED Kawasaki 1’37.043 +3.223
  24. VAN STRAALEN Glenn NED Kawasaki 1’37.273 +3.453

WorldSSP – Free Practice 2 Times / Speeds

  1. F Caricasulo (ITA) Yamaha 1’33.882 – 272.7 km/h
  2. R Krummenacher (SUI) Yam 1’34.226 +0.346 – 266.7 km/h
  3. R De Rosa (ITA) MV Agusta 1’34.293 +0.411 – 270.0 km/h
  4. J Cluzel (FRA) Yamaha 1’34.539 +0.657 – 266.0 km/h
  5. H Okubo (JPN) Kawasaki 1’34.584 +0.702 – 272.0 km/h
  6. L Mahias (FRA) Kawasaki 1’34.807 +0.925 – 270.0 km/h
  7. I Vinales (ESP) Yamaha 1’35.369 +1.457 – 268 km/h
  8. C Perolari (FRA) Yamaha 1’35.695 +1.814 – 264.7 km/h
  9. T Toparis (AUS) Yamaha 1’35.725 +1.843 – 262.1 km/h
  10. A Badovini (ITA) Kawasaki 1’35.974 +2.002 – 256.5 km/h
  11. H Soomer (EST) Honda 1’36.305 +2.423 – 260.9 km/h
  12. F Fuligni (ITA) MV Agusta 1’36.313 +2.431 – 264.7 km/h
  13. L Cresson (BEL) Yamaha 1’36.313 +2.431 – 272 km/h
  14. P Sebestyen (HUN) Honda 1’36.331 +2.449 – 265.4 km/h
  15. H Barbera (ESP) Yamaha 1’36.636 +2.754 – 265.4 km/h

WorldSBK  Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Event Schedule, 22 – 24 February 2019

FIM Track Safety Inspection

Safety Car TestTrack closed

All 1st Time RidersRiders Briefing

All ClassesTyre Stickers DistributionTechnical Bay

FIM Medical Inspection

FIM Track Inspection

Pit Walk 1

FIM Medical Inspection

FIM Track Inspection

Pit Walk 2 & Safety Car Laps

WorldSBKRACE 122 LapsPit Opens: 14:40

FIM Medical Inspection

FIM Track Inspection

Pit Walk 3 & Safety Car Laps

WorldSBKS-pole Race10 LapsPit Opens: 11:45

WorldSSPRace18 LapsPit Opens: 13:00

WorldSBKRace 222 LapsPit Opens: 14:40

Thursday 21 February 2019
Time Duration Category Schedule
9:00 10:00 1:00 World SSP Riders Briefing
10:00 11:30 1:30 All Riders Riders Track Familiarization
12:00 13:00 1:00
13:50 14:20 0:30 Aus SS 300 Free Practice 1
14:25 14:55 0:30 Aus SS Free Practice 1
15:00 15:30 0:30 Australian Sup Free Practice 1
15:40 15:50 0:10 Parade Laps Black Dog Ride
14:30 15:30 1:00 WorldSBK Riders Briefing
16:00 17:00 1:00 WorldSBK Official Photo Start/Finish Straight
16:00 17:00 1:00 WorldSSP Technical/Sporting Checks Pit Garages
17:00 18:00 1:00 WorldSSP Official Photo Start/Finish Straight
17:00 18:00 1:00 WorldSBK Technical/Sporting Checks Pit Garages
Friday 22 February 2019
Time Duration Category Schedule
8:30 8:40 0:10 Timekeeping Racing Track System Test
9:10 9:25 0:15 Aus SS Free Practice 2
9:30 9:45 0:15 Aus SBK Free Practice 2
10:30 11:20 0:50 WorldSBK Free Practice 1
11:30 12:15 0:45 WorldSSP Free Practice 1
12:25 12:55 0:30
13:15 13:30 0:15 Aus SS 300 Free Practice 2
13:35 13:50 0:15 Aus SBK Qualifying
13:55 14:10 0:15 Aus SS Qualifying
14:15 14:30 0:15 Aus SS300 Qualifying
15:00 15:50 0:50 WorldSBK Free Practice 2
16:00 16:45 0:45 WorldSSP Free Practice 2
Saturday 23 February 2019
Time Duration Category Schedule
8:15 8:25 0:10 Timekeeping Racing Track System Test
8:45 9:15 0:30 Australian SSP Race 1 10 Laps
10:00 10:20 0:20 WorldSBK Free Practice 3
10:35 10:55 0:20 WorldSSP Free Practice 3
11:05 11:25 0:20 Aus SS 300 Race 1 8 Laps –
11:30 12:00 0:30 Aus SBK Race 1 12 Laps
12:15 12:40 0:25 WorldSBK Tissot Superpole
12:55 13:20 0:25 WorldSSP Tissot Superpole
13:40 14:10 0:30
16:15 16:45 0:30 Aus SBK Race 2 12 Laps
16:50 17:10 0:20 Aus SS 300 Race 2 8 Laps
17:15 17:45 0:30 Aus SSP Race 2 10 Laps
Sunday 24 February 2019
Time Duration Category Schedule
7:45 7:55 0:10 Timekeeping Racing Track System Test
8:15 8:45 0:30 Aus SSP Race 3 10 Laps
09:30 09:45 0:15 WorldSBK Warm Up
09:55 10:10 0:15 WorldSSP Warm Up
10:30 11:00 0:30 Aus SBK Race 3 12 Laps
11:05 11:35 0:30
16:15 16:35 0:20 Aus SS 300 Race 3 8 laps
1 Lap 4,445 km Issued: 28 November 2018 13:00h

Source: MCNews.com.au

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team show off their new livery

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

Images by 2Snap/GeeBee

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

Overnight Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger lifted the covers on the brand new BMW S 1000 RR machines that they will campaign in the 2019 WorldSBK Championship.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

With swathes of red and blue running through the matte white finish machine it has been designed along the lines of traditional BMW M Motorsports liveries.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

Sykes and Reiterberger also tested alongside their WorldSBK combatants at Portimao yesterday with Sykes finishing sixth fastest, 1.391-seconds behind the WSBK benchmark set at the test by Jonathan Rea on qualifying tyres.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

Sykes was surprised by how close they were with the new bike, considering they are still in their development phase.

WSBK Test Jan Portimao Tom Sykes SnapGeeBee
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team – Tom Sykes

Markus Reiterberger, who worked on the geometry of the bike and on testing different tyres, and finished tenth overall.

WSBK Test Jan Portimao Markus Reiterberger SnapGeeBee
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team – Markus Reiterberger

After their sixth day on track with the new BMW S1000RR, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team next head to Australia for further tests ahead of the WorldSBK Championship season opener at Phillip Island on the weekend of February 24.


BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team


BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team


BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team


WSBK Test Jan Portimao Tom Sykes SnapGeeBee
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team – Tom Sykes


WSBK Test Jan Portimao Markus Reiterberger SnapGeeBee
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team – Markus Reiterberger

Source: MCNews.com.au

Tom Sykes rides the new BMW S 1000 RR in Almeria

BMW WorldSBK Test at Almeria

The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team has completed a successful first test with the new BMW S 1000 RR in Almeria, Spain, with riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Markus Reiterberger (GER).

Sykes and Reiterberger had previously taken to the track with the Superstock version of the new RR at the end of November, in Miramas (FRA). The riders provided feedback about the ergonomics and their change requests regarding the handlebars, levers, footrests, seat, tank, windshield and instrument displays were then implemented in Munich.

Tom Sykes

“I am very happy with the test. Of course, it’s still early days and there is still a lot of things to come our way but like this I was very happy with my feeling for my BMW S 1000 RR. The general feedback was good. We certainly had two very productive days testing, we changed quite some parameters on the bike and really understood some key areas to work with. It was a very positive two-day test for me and I was really happy and quite impressed with the end result. It was the first time in that new environment, the whole team working with each other and the engineers from BMW Motorrad Motorsport. So it was a new experience for everybody and soon everybody was working together like a clockwork. So it seems that we are progressing very fast and I got a good feeling within the environment in the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team.”

Tom Sykes

The first components developed specially for the WorldSBK, such as brakes and suspension elements, were used in Almeria. Both riders were able to complete a comprehensive programme of testing over two days without any problems. They developed a basis setup that will form the foundation for further work at the next tests in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP).

Markus Reiterberger

“The focus was on completing a roll-out with the new bike and for me to get used to the team and my new crew. It is all new for me: the team, the working methods and the Superbike version of the motorbike. The first outing with the new bike went very well. I felt right at home with the seat position and the handlebars from the word go. Our comprehensive programme of tests included a lot of work on the chassis, electronics, geometry and a host of setting options. We wanted to try everything out and pass on our experience to BMW Motorrad Motorsport and the team to allow them to work on preparation for the next tests. We are still at an early stage and our focus was on the functional tests. It was important to gather as much information as possible for the work that is still to come. We are very pleased with what we have achieved thus far and we are getting on well as a team. We are all working towards making progress together.”

BMW SRR WSBK Markus Reiterberger
Markus Reiterberger

BMW Motorrad Motorsport engineers and the team gathered valuable information for further development of the new race bike.

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

“First of all, it was great to finally get the team together. We had two days at the circuit before the test, getting final material together, meeting and greeting and getting an understanding for the requirements of the test. The two days on the circuit proved to be very positive, too. Both riders did almost 100 laps each over the two days without any major issues. We worked our way through a very detailed test schedule. The key points for me were that the team are working together very well and that the comprehensive test of parts and material went very positively. We have a good base-setting for both riders and a good direction to go to Jerez. So overall we are very happy.”

BMW Motorrad Motorsport and the team also used the two test days in Almeria to get used to one another in the new team configuration.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director

“The objective of the testing in Almeria was a shakedown with the superbike. On the one hand, we were able to evaluate the modifications regarding the ergonomics and we have seen that both riders have a lot of confidence in the bike. We were also able to test the newly-developed WorldSBK components and we can see that we are moving in the right direction. We have gathered important experience for the next tests and we know what work we still have to do. Of course, after two days of testing the bike is still pretty much in its infancy but we are very pleased with the basics of the motorbike and with what the team has achieved in the last few months. At the next test in Jerez, we will encounter our competitors for the first time and will be able to see exactly where we stand. We are looking forward to this but we would also like to concentrate solely on our own tasks and will not get distracted by the competition.”

BMW S RR RHF Motorsport
Tom Sykes will ride the new BMW S 1000 RR in 2019 after switching over from Kawasaki

Source: MCNews.com.au