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Successful debut: BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team battles for lectern on new BMW S 1000 RR during a Bol d’Or.

Le Castellet. The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team and the
newly grown continuation chronicle of a BMW S 1000 RR enjoyed a
successful entrance in a FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC).
At a Bol d’Or during Le Castellet (FRA), supplement contingent Kenny Foray (FRA),
Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Julian Puffe (GER) battled for a podium
down to a wire. After 311 laps, they crossed a finish line in
fourth place, usually 4 seconds behind a tip three. Team ERC
Endurance, with riders Mathieu Gines, Julien Da Costa and Louis
Rossi (all FRA), cumulative a BMW podium. The BMW patron group claimed
third place altogether with a prior chronicle of a RR that is
already famous in a FIM EWC.

 

The 83rd book of a Bol d’Or kicked off a 2019/20
FIM EWC season, that a newly shaped BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team is contesting as a works group for a initial time with a new RR.
The growth of a continuation chronicle of a motorcycle for a FIM
EWC started usually a few months ago. This year’s Bol d’Or had to be
stopped between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. due to intensely bad weather
with sleet and storms, definition that a tangible competition generation was just
around twelve hours instead of 24.

 

The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team caused a stir with a new RR
early on. On Thursday, Mikhalchik set an halt new path record for
a FIM EWC during Le Castellet on Thursday, with a time of 1:53.669
minutes. The subordinate sessions, in that haven supplement Bastien
Mackels (BEL) was also in action, finished on Friday with a terrific
fourth place on a grid for a #37 RR.

 

When a competition was interrupted on Saturday dusk a BMW Motorrad
World Endurance Team was in seventh place. The #37 RR afterwards restarted
a competition on Sunday morning from that position. In drying conditions,
Foray, Mikhalchik and Puffe shortly changed adult into a tip three, and the
#37 was even in second place for a prolonged time. However, a technical
problem arose in a final proviso that prevented shutting rider
Mikhalchik from fortifying a almost-certain podium. Just a few
mins before a checkered flag, Gines on a #6 RR, who also set a
new competition path record during a Bol d’Or, overtook Mikhalchik to pierce into
third place. The Ukrainian finished adult channel a finish line in fourth
place, usually 4 seconds behind Gines.

 

The Tecmas BMW GMC group also finished a Bol d’Or in a tip ten.
Camille Hedelin, Alexis Masbou and David Perret (all FRA) finished in
ninth place with a #9 RR. 15th place altogether and fifth
place in a Superstock category went to a GERT56 by GS YUASA group with
Stefan Kerschbaumer (AUT), Lucy Glöckner (GER) and Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NED).

 

Quotes after a Bol d’Or during Le Castellet.

 

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “It
was a violent opening competition with a unequivocally good result. There has never
been a Bol d‘Or like it. On one hand, a BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team faced an additional plea given we did not to find a good
sleet set-up for a framework and wiring in a run-up. Ilya also
had his initial ever knowledge of Dunlop sleet tyres in a race. In
this respect, a stop matched us. On a other hand, as a
totally new plan it competence have benefitted us that a group and bike
weren’t subjected to a common pressures of a full 24-hour distance.
But overall, it has to be pronounced that with a speed, a array stops, the
group opening and also in terms of fuel consumption, we were on
track. That shows that we have grown a super basement in a short
time available. Yes, we were means a few places by a problems the
tip teams experienced, though that’s all partial of 24-hour races. Toward
a finish of a race, we struggled with a teenager technical problem which
cost us a lectern by 4 seconds. It would have been amazing, though to
come divided with a fourth place is still remarkable. Congratulations to
a patron group ERC, who overtook us 8 mins before a finish of
a race, thereby securing a mark on a podium.”

 

Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance
Team:
“The conditions unequivocally were difficult. It was a first
time that we competed here, and we overtly never dared trust that we
would be adult there during a front. It was transparent that we usually had problems
with a rain. Second place would have been possible, though we had a
teenager technical problem in a final hour of a race, that is why,
unfortunately, we usually finished in fourth place, with a necessity of
4 seconds on a podium. I’m happy about what we achieved, though I’m
also somewhat unhappy that some-more wasn’t possible. But, we are a
new group and this competition creates us confident looking to a future.”

 

Kenny Foray: “It’s a new team, a new bike, and given
these resources a outcome is unequivocally good. We usually usually missed out
on a lectern since we had a technical problem in a shutting stage.
That’s since I’m a small bit disappointed. Everyone in a group did a
illusory pursuit and they deserved a podium. But that’s all partial of
continuation racing and we will continue to grow.”

 

Julian Puffe
: “The group worked night and day over a past few
weeks to be rival here, and with fourth place we achieved a
good result. My dual team-mates did an extraordinary job, and it’s a
illusory outcome for a entrance in a FIM EWC. Obviously, we would
have favourite to finish on a podium, generally when it was so close.
But on a whole, we can be unequivocally pleased.”

 

Ilya Mikhalchik: “I’m unequivocally happy that we finished
a race. we didn’t design that we would even have been fighting for
a podium! It’s a mint bike, so we were wakeful that we might
knowledge a technical problem over such a prolonged competition distance. We saw
here how clever a bike is and how good a group works. It was really
hapless that there was a problem in a end. That’s since my pace
slowed down. But altogether we am happy that we were means to get so close
to a podium.”

 

Bastien Mackels: “It was a genuine pleasure to join the
group since a atmosphere is unequivocally unbelievable. It is one of the
best teams I’ve ridden with so far. The BMW S 1000 RR is easy to ride
and competitive. It’s a good plan and we am assured that a time
will come and a group will quarrel for a win.”

 

Mathieu Gines (Team ERC Endurance): “I’m over the
moon. The bike was unequivocally good and a group did a ideal job. My
team-mates were brilliant, and we also gave it my all. It was so much
fun. Thanks to Team ERC Endurance and to BMW – we wish that we can
contest in many some-more races with them.”