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Source: BMW GroupMagny-Cours. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team performed well in the Superpole qualification in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in Magny-Cours (FRA): with the first double pole for BMW Motorrad in the WorldSBK. Eugene Laverty (IRL) secured pole position on his BMW S 1000 RR, closely followed by his team-mate Tom Sykes (GBR) in second place. In the first race, however, both of them ended early through no fault of their own. Magny-Cours will host the seventh and penultimate round of the 2020 WorldSBK season. The Superpole qualification on Saturday morning was held in extremely treacherous conditions. After it had rained before, the sun showed up just in time for Superpole. The two riders of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team were initially in the midfield and really turned up at the end of qualifying. With the cheering of the team, Laverty secured his first pole position on the BMW S 1000 RR, while team-mate Sykes completed the success in second.
The team started the first race in the afternoon with optimism. It had started to rain again an hour before the start, but the RR had proven to be extremely competitive with the rain set-up. However, hopes for top results were dashed when Laverty and Sykes fell victim to an unfortunate chain reaction on the first corner. There was contact between Garrett Gerloff (USA) and Sykes, who subsequently slipped and touched Laverty’s rear wheel. Both BMW drivers crashed and the race was over for Sykes and Laverty. Fortunately, neither of them were injured.
Quotes after race one in Magny-Cours.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “What a day. He showed how close the ups and downs can be in motorsport. Both Tom and Eugene have been strong in the changing but always wet conditions since the first practice session. Everything went well so far. Tom put up with yesterday’s training crash and the team did a good job of putting the bike in perfect condition for today. Superpole was a thriller, but we knew we could make it way up. And at the end of the day, getting P1 and P2, the first double pole for BMW Motorrad in WorldSBK, is of course great! As pleasant as the double pole was, the race was just as disappointing. Both of them ended on turn 1. Gerloff, who came from far behind, let it run too hot in T1, had to straighten up and hit Tom in the elbow, who then fell. Tom’s bike unfortunately just hit Eugene’s bike on the rear wheel, who subsequently got off with a highsider. It is a little incomprehensible that Gerloff did not receive an official warning or penalty, but the decision of the race management has been made and we have to accept that. Our drivers are both battered, but okay so far. The two bikes are badly damaged. We have a long day ahead of us to rebuild the two motorcycles. But we’re looking ahead and will start again tomorrow when the drivers and bikes are okay. “
Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “Qualifying went fantastic for the team, with first and second places in wet conditions. Both Tom and Eugene stayed out as long as possible to build their trust and with starting positions one and two for race one they got what they deserved. I have to thank the entire team for their hard work, especially after the disappointments of the last time. The beginning of the race was just extremely tough for us. Both drivers got away well while Jonathan Rea took the lead. Garrett Gerloff came very close to Tom inside, but Tom was already on the racing line and so he collided with him. That caused Tom to crash in T1, and he hit his teammate Eugene too. As a team, we are very disappointed with the decision of the race management not to punish Garrett for causing the crash. We think he should have been punished for his unsafe and uncontrolled actions, which had serious consequences for our team. This does not help us in our efforts to move forward. But we’ll repair our motorcycles tonight, get back to you tomorrow and keep fighting.
Eugene Laverty: “We took pole position in a fantastic qualifying and I was very optimistic before race one. I made up my mind to wait and see where we end up. Our bike performed fantastic in these wet conditions so we knew we had a good chance today. After the great qualifying, our goal was to get the podium, and with pole position we had the best starting position for that. Unfortunately, this was not the case after a crash caused by Garrett Gerloff meant the end for me. I’m really upset about this crash because in a wet race like this, it’s not really smart to go into Turn 1 at that angle like it did. It was lucky that no one was seriously injured. But: tomorrow is a new day and we get a new chance to show our potential. I will push right from the start and give everything. “
Tom Sykes: “The entire BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team put in a great performance today. The BMW S 1000 RR has been very good all weekend and I had a great feeling on the bike from the first practice session. We only made small changes to the bike over the weekend as we adjusted to the conditions. It was fantastic for the team to come in first and second in qualifying. I think we would have had very good pace for the race, but it shouldn’t be. It’s a shame that both BMWs got pulled out of the race this way, just a few hundred meters from the start line. It was a careless and reckless maneuver by Garrett, and it was a lot of work for our guys on both sides of the garage for tonight. Unfortunately we had some bad luck this year, and today was one of those days. We will report stronger tomorrow and get the results that the entire BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team deserves. ”
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