BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com to go through the EWC baptism of fire
Le Mans, France. The BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com had it’s baptism of fire in the FIM Endurance World Championship EWC category at the 24 hours of Le Mans and brought home a fifth spot in EWC and seventh overall. At the season opener 2015 Markus Reiterberger (GER), Pedro Vallcaneras (ESP) and Gareth Jones (AUS) rode a strong race, showing great pace all through out and securing - together with the team - all troubles and issues that occurred on the way.
The team had to fight several problems in it’s first race in the Superbike class of Endurance racing, which even can occur to established teams all the time. But BMW Motorrad France and the S 1000 RR are back in the forefront of this demanding racing category.
Reiterberger, Jones and Vallcaneras were showing a great pace throughout, especially convincing during the night time by lapping faster than any others or at a similar level of the leading teams of the race.
“This has been my first 24 hours race and I must say it was a massive experience. It is completely a different discipline than what I am used to do but I really enjoyed it and had fun out there. Riding in the night is incomparable and real great fun. But now, for sure, I am looking forward to my bed and some sleep.”
“What can I say, I am happy to make it to the finish line in fifth position in our class, riding for such a great team and with such a good bunch of people. The guys in the pits did an awesome job and were able to fix all issues we got on the way in a real quick way. It’s been a pleasure riding here with the BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com and I want to thank everybody for their efforts!”
“Well, another 24 hours race done, but this time for the first time on the EWC spec BMW S 1000 RR and I have to say I am more than happy with our performance. Everyone gave his all to ensure the best possible result. It was our first race in the big category, together with some new people and some that we already know and all gelled together quickly. We had some small issues on the way but showed, what we are capable of and that there is more to come from our side.”
“Well, first of all a big thank you to everyone, that made our first race up in the EWC category happen - all the people involved in the team, the sponsors, partners, riders, everyone. Our first mission, to complete a 24 hours race in the Superbike class, is accomplished. We have had some troubles on the way like twice a broken exhaust system, which never occurred to us before, some issues with the lights system, a tire lost some air - all strange things. We now have to check that in depth and get prepared for the next races. But - this is the Endurance World Championship and we’ve seen how hard it is just by the fact that some of the very established teams also had a fair amount of bad luck. I just think we don’t need to hide for what we did here today - but of course we won’t rest for the nexte one. Thanks everyone again and cheers!”
Berti Hauser, BMW Motorrad Motorsport:
“Its been a pleasure to be working with this team here this weekend. Of course there were some small issues and also strange issues, but we’ve seen also some of the established teams of the EWC category were having unexpected problems. This is the Endurance and we are just at the beginning of our journey with the team of Rico Penzkofer. They have all done a very good job and now we have the base to work on. We have finished the 24 hours of Le Mans in the EWC category at the first attempt, showing the great potential of the BMW S 1000 RR. I think we can optimistically look into the future.”