Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team head to Magny - Cours this weekend for round 11 of the 2019 WorldSBK season, with Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger eager to impress in the final European round of the season.
Tom Sykes heads into round 11 currently in eight position with 183 points to his name, Markus Reiterberger in P14 with 67. Both Sykes and Reiterberger have endured success previously at the French circuit with Markus Reiterberger taking the European STK1000 Championship in 2018 after claiming P3 in the race. Sykes impressively has had 10 podiums around the circuit with 3 of those being victories.
Shaun Muir - Team Principal
“We’re looking forward to going to Magny-Cours. We feel confident that we can make another little step for Tom and Markus. The conditions expected for the weekend are quite changeable, 50 to 60 percent chance of rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so we need to be prepared for that. Tom is feeling pretty confident. In the past he has been very strong at the Magny-Cours circuit, and as we all know, Markus won the European Superstock championship there last year, so he has good memories of the circuit. So, we go with some optimism and hopefully we will have the chance of a podium.”
Marc Bongers - BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director
“We’re looking forward to the final European races of the season. Our stats in Magny-Cours aren’t particularly good, but we are optimistic that we can improve them with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. We also have more new parts that should add to the performance. These updates affect the engine performance and the frame. We hope that the weather will let us show this potential.”
Tom Sykes (GBR)
“I’m looking forward to heading to France and to racing at Magny-Cours. I feel that the chassis of the BMW S 1000 RR could work really well in a couple of the sectors there. I’ve always enjoyed riding on the track layout there so hopefully we can utilise that to our advantage. Of course, there is a very long straight there which we can’t deny we probably will face some difficulties on. But I’m looking forward to working with the team again and going in the direction which we have done all year, which is slowly working towards where we need to be.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast does not look particularly welcoming, but on a positive, we’ve also had very strong results with the new RR in wet conditions. So we’ll go there and try to make as strong a weekend as possible.”
Markus Reiterberger (GER)
“Magny-Cours is a cool track. I won the title in the FIM European Superstock 1000 Championship there last year which is why I have great memories of this track. It wasn’t an easy track for us, but we did really well there, and I think that the new RR will be even better on the track. I hope that I won’t be far behind my team-mate and, if possible, will be able to ride on a par with him. My primary goal is to improve my race pace, and I hope that we will take another step forward in terms of tuning, like we did at Portimão. I’m looking forward to the weekend and I would like to have a good final weekend in Europe before heading overseas.”