WorldSBK, BSB spec BMW M 1000 RR breaks cover for first time

BMW Motorrad and FHO Racing shake down the all-new BMW M 1000 RR ahead of their respective renewed WorldSBK and BSB tilts in 2021

BMW M 1000 RR WorldSBK & FHO Racing

The much anticipated racing-spec version of the new BMW M 1000 RR has broken cover in both WorldSBK and BSB specification as Shaun Muir Racing and FHO Racing put the winged superbike to the test for the first time this week.

The new more powerful BMW M 1000 RR has been launched as an exclusive homologation-special version of the existing S 1000 RR targeted at making the German brand more competitive against its rivals on track following a disappointing 2020 WorldSBK season that yielded a best finish of just fifth.

Boasting 212hp and an aerodynamic upgrade that includes wings, BMW has also hired Michael van der Mark to lead its efforts in WorldSBK next season alongside Tom Sykes.

Having gotten his first taste of BMW machinery in Estoril last month, van der Mark was positive about his first impressions of the M 1000 RR.

“It was really good for me to have a first shakedown with the bike at Miramas. I think it was also really helpful to work together with the team and to get used to each other. 

“We tried a couple of things which we normally don’t have the time for during a normal test so I think it was really positive and I was just happy to be back on the bike this year and I am really looking forward to the next test.”

The motorcycle will also make its debut in British Superbikes this year with the Synetiq (TAS Racing), OMG Racing and the FHO Racing teams running a pair of BMWs each.

FHO Racing - which has taken over from Smiths Racing - also completed its shakedown in Portimao last week with Peter Hickman and Xavi Fores on riding duties.

“It’s been good to escape the UK to spin some laps for sure and nice to get to know Xavi, whilst he sees how the BMW will work in BSB trim. The weather has not played into our hands which means we haven’t been able to get through as many things as we’d liked but it was better on the final day to try some items. 

“We’ve had no issues, just looking forward to getting out again and of course getting stuck into the 2021 bike when it arrives!”