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Source: BMW Group Munich. End of the season spurt in the FIM Superbike World Championship 2020: This coming weekend (October 2nd to 4th) the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team will compete in Magny-Cours (FRA) for the seventh and penultimate race event of the year. The team and riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty (IRL) are confident that they are well equipped for the weekend with the BMW S 1000 RR. After the season opener in Phillip Island (AUS), the WorldSBK 2020 calendar was changed due to the corona. Since then, all races have been held on the Iberian Peninsula, in Spain and Portugal. WorldSBK is now making a detour to the center of France. The “Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours” is located about 250 kilometers south of Paris (FRA). The 4.411 kilometer long course is technically demanding with various tight corners, three slow switchbacks and a long straight. Stability, braking and steering behavior are very important on this layout. Last year, Magny-Cours proved to be a good place for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: In Saturday’s race, Sykes finished third on the podium with his RR. Quotes before the race weekend in Magny-Cours.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We are looking forward to a typical Magny-Cours, according to current forecasts – in cold and wet weather. It is already the penultimate race weekend of this extraordinary season. For the first time, a limited number of fans have been admitted, and I am convinced that the conditions will not put off the French fans – we look forward to their enthusiasm. As far as our performance is concerned, after the upward trend in Barcelona at Magny-Cours we will try to follow the same course. Although the track and the conditions are very different from two weeks ago, we are confident that we can do well here. If it only rains, then we are also well positioned with the BMW S 1000 RR and our driver pairing. Magny-Cours gave us the last podium of the season last year – the goal is to move in that direction again. “
Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “The team is really looking forward to Magny-Cours. We were very competitive there last season, the first year of the BMW S 1000 RR. Now we are traveling with the momentum of the last race in Barcelona to where we were very satisfied with the performance of Tom and Eugene and the team. We lived up to our expectations by finishing fifth and seventh in the second race, and we want to continue this upward trend this weekend at Magny-Cours. We are confident that we can achieve similar positive results. However, the weather could have an impact. It looks like the weather doesn’t mean it too well with us, with rain most days. In addition, the temperatures will be quite cool. We’ll see how we can adapt the BMW S 1000 RR to these conditions. But overall we are traveling to France as a team with a lot of optimism and we have set ourselves the goal of building on the good form of Barcelona. “
Tom Sykes: “I’m really looking forward to the French Superbike World Championship. I like Magny-Cours. I honestly enjoy the layout of the track a lot. Last year we finished on the podium there with the BMW S 1000 RR, so of course we hope that we can now build on the results from last year. The weekend promises to be interesting in terms of weather. The goal will be to benefit from the handling of the bike in these treacherous conditions and hopefully we can aim for podium places before the end of the season. Everything is ready for the race weekend in Magny-Cours, we are prepared. I’m also looking forward to seeing fans in the stands again. We missed them and it’s great that they can be there again. “
Eugene Laverty: “It will be great to have fans again at Magny-Cours. Philipp Island, where we last had fans on the track, was a long time ago and since then we’ve only had dust mice in the stands! It’s still a little early to have a detailed weather report for the weekend, but we definitely expect rain. I had the opportunity to ride the BMW S 1000 RR in wet conditions during practice in Barcelona and my impressions were good. Rain or sun – my goal is to continue our upward trend of the past weekends towards the top five. “
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