This weekend will be the first round of the WorldSBK 2020 season where BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is ready to take on the championship battle with their race-spec 2020 BMW S 1000 RR. After successfully completing their final pre-season testing at Phillip Island, Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty will be throwing it down with the rest of the field at the same circuit this Saturday and Sunday.
BMW Motorrad spent the past two days finetuning the 2020 BMW S 1000 RR for both Sykes and Laverty to ensure that they have the best package to race this season. Testing new components and setups, Tom Sykes registered the fifth fastest rider in testing with only 0.472 seconds separating him and the top four riders, unsurprisingly led by Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea.
Eugene Laverty, on the other hand, is still trying to get into grips with new test parts for his BMW S 1000 RR and only managed to place P11 at the Phillip Island test session. With that being said, he’s still only a second behind the top rider and BMW Motorrad will focus on further improving his pace this coming Friday during the Free Practise sessions.
According to Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad #WorldSBK Team, “We’ve had two good days of testing here in Australia. On Eugene’s side, we’ve had a lot of information to work through and we had satisfying results, mostly with the electronics and his feel for the delivery of the power. That has been his focus area and while we are happy so far, we will take some of this work into Friday.”
“On Tom’s side we’ve had a huge list of items for him to test over the two days. We are pretty happy with where we are. We’ve not managed to do much race simulation due to the extensive test items, so that will be Friday’s focus. We know we can qualify very well and aim to be on the front row in qualifying. But it’s not about qualifying, it’s about the race and we know that to be in contention for a podium position, we need to do consistent fast lap times in the latter parts of race. To do so and to be on the podium is definitely the goal for the season opener,” added Muir.