MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: BMW GroupMagny-Cours. After the successful Superpole qualification with the first double pole for BMW Motorrad on Saturday, the rainy race weekend in Magny-Cours (FRA) no longer went as planned for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team. The seventh and penultimate round of the FIM Superbike World Championship 2020 (WorldSBK) was concluded on Sunday with the warm-up, the Superpole Race and race two. In the morning sprint race, both BMW drivers had difficulties getting the tires to work in the correct window. In the afternoon Tom Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty (IRL) finished tenth and 14th in the points. The team had worked hard and long to get the two BMW S 1000 RR back to work after the start accident in Saturday’s race. Laverty started the Superpole Race in the morning from pole position, Sykes right next to it from second on the grid. Both drivers got off to a very good start, but then fell behind in the field. Sykes had to head for the pits after the seventh lap, Laverty reached the goal in 15th position.
For the second race in the afternoon, the starting positions were ten for Laverty and eleven for Sykes. On the first lap Sykes improved to ninth place, shortly afterwards he took eighth place, which he held until the middle of the race. In the second half of the race, when the track became drier, Sykes was in ninth place before reaching the finish line in tenth place after 21 laps. Laverty initially fell back, but made up positions again in the course of the race and also finished 14th in the points.
The final of the 2020 WorldSBK season will be played in two weeks (October 16-18) in Estoril, Portugal.
Quotes after race two in Magny-Cours.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “After we got off to a strong start at the weekend, the yield was unfortunately low. The crash in the first race also thwarted our plans for Sunday. The mechanics did a great job and built two bikes from scratch until late at night. It was a close warm-up, but we were able to compete without any problems. In terms of performance, however, we clearly missed the race data from Saturday. The Superpole Race was a long way from where we wanted to be for both drivers, who were visibly battered after yesterday. We noticed extreme sensitivity to tire pressure and temperature on both bikes, which seriously affected us in the Superpole Race. For race two we made changes to the chassis geometry on both to counteract the problems. The changes had a positive effect on Tom, but tenth place was of course disappointing after our results on Friday and Saturday. Eugene fought, but it was only enough for 14th place. It was another weekend that we had to tick off. As a positive we take what we have learned with us, and the first double pole for BMW Motorrad in WorldSBK. “
Tom Sykes: “We got into the weekend well and the entire BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team really did a great job. When we started the first wet sessions, I felt very comfortable with the way the bike worked and with the chassis of the BMW S 1000 RR. After that we took further steps forward and the feeling was really, really good. In qualifying we secured a nice starting position for the race, and then one thing led to another. After the race on Saturday the guys did an incredible job. I think they worked on both sides of the garage until around two in the morning to get the bikes ready. Hats off to these guys. It was just unfortunate that we were missing important information. That would have made our life in today’s main race a lot easier. But we learned a lot in the second race. And, as I said: With information and data from yesterday, today’s day would have been very different. That’s a shame because after Friday we were very confident that we would get strong results. But we remain positive. “
Eugene Laverty: “After we had such a good feeling for the bike in the wet all weekend, on Friday and Saturday, we experienced a major setback today. The bike didn’t feel like it did before at all. Right from the first lap in the morning warm-up session, I had difficulties, especially at the corner entrance, and especially in the right-hand corners. So we have to investigate and see whether something wasn’t right with the bike after yesterday’s serious crash. We will check that and make sure that everything fits again on the Estoril motorcycle. There we will try to end the season with a success. “
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