BMW Motorrad has announced that it will enter the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) in 2019. The BMW team will compete for the entire 2019/2020 season with the new BMW S 1000 RR.
In collaboration with the MRP team and team manager Werner Daemen, BMW will be ready for the first. It will be held on 21/22 September at the Bol d’Or circuit at Le Castellet, France. Team riders will be announced at a later date.
BMW showing off the S 1000 RR
According to Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad:
“The FIM Endurance World Championship is an attractive platform for us for many reasons. Endurance races like the Bol d’Or or Le Mans are real tests of stamina for both man and machine during which we can showcase the performance of our BMW S 1000 RR on the international stage.
The FIM EWC is becoming increasingly popular around the world and gives us the opportunity to be present also in the Asian markets. That’s why it is a logical step for us to expand our works commitment with the new RR, which is already making waves in the FIM Superbike World Championship this season. I’m looking forward to gripping endurance races with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team.”
Part of customer racing program
BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers added:
“As part of our customer racing programme, we have had a presence in the FIM EWC for several years and we are looking forward to taking the next step with the new BMW S 1000 RR and having a works involvement there now. Werner Daemen’s MRP team is a competent partner with a wealth of racing experience, who is also already very familiar with the new RR. We’re also excited to have Dunlop on board and part of this project as tyre partner.
Dunlop will also provide strong support with their expertise. The objective is clear: The first season in this top-level world championship will be a year of learning in which we want to become more and more competitive step by step. In the longer term our aim is to be up there among the leading pack and battling for the title.”
BMW Motorrad is presently prepping an endurance version of the FIM World Superbike S 1000 RR. “Upgrades include larger fuel tanks, a fast fuel system and other upgrades that provide longevity and better rider ergonomics.
The provisional FIM EWC calendar currently has 5 events scheduled for 2019/2020.
FIM Endurance World Championship 2019/20*.
- 21st/22nd September 2019: Bol d’Or (24-hour race) – Le Castellet (FRA)
- 14th December 2019: 8 Hours of Sepang – Sepang (MAS)
- 18th/19th April 2020: 24 Heures Moto – Le Mans (FRA)
- 6th June 2020: 8 Hours Oschersleben – Oschersleben (GER)
- 19th July 2020: Suzuka 8 Hours – Suzuka (JPN)
The series will be telecast in the US on Motortrend TV and various other outlets.