Bavarian Motor Works to concentrate on achieving success in WSB with the S1000RR
BMW will not enter MotoGP until they have found success in the World Superbike championship with the S1000RR, says the General Director.
As MotoGP is going through changes to increase the engine capacity to 1,000cc, rumours grew of BMW's intention to join the prototype series after BMW Motorrad's General Director, Hendrik von Kuenheim was spotted meeting with Carmelo Ezpeleta at the first round in Qatar. However, von Kuenheim joked that it was simply lunch to catch-up.
With the rumours coming to fruition von Kueheim went on record to quash any rumours regarding BMW's entry into MotoGP in the near future, saying: "As things stand we see no reason to query our involvement in the Superbike World Championship. We have to win in Superbikes before thinking of anything else. MotoGP is not an issue right now.
"However, BMW Motorrad is closely monitoring all developments in the MotoGP World Championship. But one thing is very clear: there has been no decision taken." concluded Hendrik. The closest BMW will get to MotoGP next year will be when the Marc VDS commissioned Suter lines up on the grid with the S1000RR engine encased in their chassis.
So far BMW's success in the World Superbikes has been limited to four visits to third place on the podium, two for both Troy Corser and Leon Haslam, and a pole position from Corser at San Marino last season.
Following the Phillip Island race earlier this season, Leon Haslam exclusively told Visordown, his reasoning behind problems of the WSB-spec S1000RR is seeking to find a bike that is simpler, "especially when the road bike is such a good base to start from."
The FIM will announce the new teams invited to join MotoGP under the revamped rulings, 11 new teams comprising of 16 riders have been given the option to continue forward to lodge a security deposit with IRTA to ensure their inclusion. The list will be published after the Catalunya Grand Prix.
Posted: 24/05/2011 at 15:42
Posted: 24/05/2011 at 17:10
Smart choice, exactly what Suzuki should also do.
But instead they waste millions of money on their doomed MotoGP effort, and let Haslam go.
Posted: 25/05/2011 at 15:00
Posted: 23/09/2011 at 00:48
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