The BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team has carried out two days of testing, on 26 and 27 January, on the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain. These were the last tests in preparation for the first round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship that will get underway over the weekend of 20-22 February at Phillip Island in Australia.Prior to the most recent testing, the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team had been on the track in Portimão, Portugal, but unfortunately bad weather conditions made work difficult for the team’s technical experts and for rider Sylvain Barrier, who was able to complete only a few laps on the Algarve track. Fortunately, in Spain the weather was more cooperative and this made it possible for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team to complete its programme as planned and to prepare for the first championship race on the calendar.The new BMW S 1000 RR is very different compared with the previous version; engine power has been beefed up and the bike has been improved in every respect. The technical experts, led by Gerardo Acocella, worked hard to make it possible for Barrier to take full advantage of the bike and the results of the tests can be considered very positive, seeing that, even without using the soft tyres, on the second day the French rider clocked a lap of 1:42.004, just three-tenths under the track record.Sylvain Barrier: “After the difficulties we encountered at Portimão, the two days at Jerez were very positive, during which I began to get to know and to take advantage of the potential of my S 1000 RR in the 2015 version. I immediately had a good feeling with the bike, and in just a short time I was able to go very fast. Now, however, we have to continue to work hard to narrow the gap with the fastest riders. I think that we have already reached a good level of competitiveness and thus I feel ready and confident for the first race in the championship, which will be held in Australia less than a month from now.”Gerardo Acocella – Team Director: “We had a lot of things to test during these winter sessions, because the 2015 version of the S 1000 RR has new improvements to the frame and moving parts, the electronics, and the engine. In particular, the electronics aspect, which is all new, had us hard at work; but we can say that everything worked well – and this is a great plus. Here in Spain we concentrated on Barrier’s pace for the full race and not on lap times; and I believe that the results are without a doubt very interesting and allow us to look forward with confidence to the first 2015 Superbike World Championship date. We will be going to Australia knowing that we have a reliable motorcycle that we will continue to fine-tune during the two days of official testing on 16 and 17 February on the Phillip Island track.”
February 2015 | © Ufficio Stampa BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
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