BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team complete day one at Most in mixed conditions. #CZEWorldSBK

06/08/21
Autódromo de Most

 

• BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team launch 2021 clothing range
• Rain stops play in FP2

 

The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team today entered new territory with the FIM Superbike World Championship as they completed the opening day of practice at the Czech circuit Most. Tom Sykes was the fastest of the BMW’s in this mornings FP1 session as he finished in P7 (1’34.006). Teammate Michael van der Mark finished just outside the top 10 with lap time of (1’34.267).
The afternoons session was hampered by mixed conditions with minimal riders opting to go out for FP2. Both Michael and Tom decided not to take part in the second session with the view of better weather for tomorrows free practice 3 session.

The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team today have also launched their 2021 clothing range to the public, which is available to purchase at the online shop. The new range features 9 items such as Men T-shirts, Anoraks, Gilets and Kids T-shirts, Bespoke Jumpers, Sweatshirts, Woman’s T-shirts, Zip polos and Softshell jackets. The new official teamwear is only available to purchase from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Shop, which you can follow via the link.

https://bmw-motorradworldsbk.com/shop-clothing

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SHAUN MUIR

TEAM PRINCIPAL

“From what we can see the circuit is nice track and a good layout. Everyone seems to be happy, although a few concerns on the amount of run off. This morning’s FP1 went reasonably ok. Tom ran a full session with the same tyres and secured a solid seventh position. I think there was 10 riders around him that used the SCX tyre which gave him an advantage, so he had a good start to the day. Michael made a couple of changes to gearing and a quick change of tyre at the end of the session, so generally happy with him as well. It’s a shame this afternoon we were not able to try those settings again in dry conditions. Unfortunately, in FP2 it was not dry enough, yet it was also not wet enough to do any significant testing, so we made a decision to wait and look forward to tomorrow’s sessions.”

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MARC BONGERS

BMW MOTORRAD MOTORSPORT DIRECTOR

“Looking at the weather forecast for the next days and for safety concerns it made absolutely no sense to go out this afternoon. It’s a shame, as we could have definitely used the time to get some more information about the set up. We had a fairly good morning but there was not much data to pull from this. But now we have more time analyse overnight and we will go for it tomorrow.”

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TOM SYKES

“We came here with a clear plan of a base set up for the BMW M 1000 RR, and It seems it has been the strongest and most consistent in quite some time, which I am happy about. This morning I was able to go out with the harder tyres and really learn and understand the circuit and even from that we had a good plan for the bike going into this afternoon. Unfortunately, this afternoon we didn’t go out on track to try these things due to the weather. But tomorrow is another day and hopefully the sun will come back, and we all can have a safe weekends racing.”

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MICHAEL VAN DER MARK

“It was nice to learn a new track again. To be honest its quite a fun circuit as there are some fast corners, some slow corners so it’s quite difficult, but I had fun. This morning we didn’t do that bad, but we stayed out on the harder tyre and we struggled a little bit with changing direction. We had some ideas to try for this afternoon but unfortunately it was wet, so we have a lot of things to try tomorrow morning.”

 

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