The BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team is proud to announce that it will once again be taking part in the FIM World Superbike Championship in 2015. The team’s make-up – rider and crew - will be unchanged.Once again it will be the French rider Sylvain Barrier who brings the re-engineered BMW S 1000 RR out onto the track, as despite his ill luck last season he has confirmed his place as one of the World Superbike Championship’s most talented emerging riders.Gerardo Acocella (Team Director) and Rossano Innocenti (Crew Chief) will still be in charge of the Team’s technical and sports aspects. To get the best possible preparation for the championship (which will begin at Phillip Island in Australia on 22 February 2015) the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team has already carried out its first test session, in Jerez (Spain) on 27 and 28 November. This is just the start of a preparation schedule due to continue on 21 and 22 January at Portimão in Portugal and then return to the Jerez circuit for the last session, on 26 and 27 January.Andrea Buzzoni - General Manager, BMW Motorrad Italia, said: “The 2014 world championship was difficult for us – dogged by ill-luck, in fact – but in the end we got some excellent results. So we’re confidently looking forward to next season, with a first-rate technical crew, a talented young rider and a completely re-engineered bike. The 2015 version of the BMW S 1000 RR has already given a very good account of itself; now we have the job of developing it on the track, the electronics especially. The team is very highly motivated and we’re all immensely keen to get back to racing and get the best result we possibly can, in a championship which is no longer divided into two categories but has just one again.”Gerardo Acocella - Team Director said: “Our team’s technical staff is unchanged: that means right from the start we have a well-established crew which has shown over the years that it has what it takes to meet any challenge. Our bike, on the other hand, will be new: new engine, overhauled in the light of the new Superbike 2015 regulations, and new electronics, seen to directly by BMW. That’s a really good foundation; but we’ll have to build on that out on the track, so we’re expecting a huge amount of work. Sylvain has shown he’s extremely fast, but he’ll need to be very consistent as well to get the results we’re all looking for – and going all out to achieve.”Sylvain Barrier himself said: “I’m really happy to be staying in the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team. The season that’s just finished has been difficult for me – accidents and bad luck forced me to retire from a lot of races. But my team has always been there for me and helped me cope with the most complicated and difficult moments. Every time we went out onto the track we got the best result in the EVO class. Now, with the new regulations, I’m sure that thanks to my team’s technical capabilities and my BMW’s competition performance, we shall be able to put up a world-beating challenge this season.”
December 2014 | © BMW Motorrad
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