BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com ready to fight back at home race
Oschersleben, Germany. The German Speedweek – 8 hours of Germany – are approaching this upcoming weekend and with it the third round of the 2015 FIM Endurance World Championship. In coincidence this event is the home race for the near Leipzig based BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com squad of former racer Rico Penzkofer. Taking over the handle bars of the team’s BMW S 1000 RR will be freshly re-crowned German Superbike Champion Markus Reiterberger (GER), Belgian Bastien Mackels and the Spaniard Pedro Vallcaneras. With this trio the line-up will be the same as in the previous season successful outing at the Magdeburger Börde.
The etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben was the scene when Reiterberger, Mackels and Vallcaneras made history in the 2014 edition of the German Speedweek by putting the Superstock BMW S 1000 RR on Pole Position for the 8 hours of Germany, outpacing all the tuned EWC-spec bikes. It was the first time in the history of the FIM Endurance World Championship that a Superstock bike was heading the field after the Qualifying sessions.
The race proved to be no minor successful: Reiterberger, Mackels and Vallcaneras brought their Penz13.com bike home in fourth place overall and winning the Superstock category. The squad missed the overall podium after 8 hours by only 20.856 seconds.
Also the 2013 season was a successful Oschersleben-outing for the Penz13.com squad: Jason Pridmore (USA), Vallcaneras and Brit Steve Mercer crossed the finish line after 8 hours as winners of the Superstock class, so Reiterberger, Mackels and Vallcaneras made it two in row for the squad last year.
This year’s season has seen the step up to the EWC class of the FIM Endurance World Championship and the formation of the new BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com. So far the season has had it’s up’s and down’s: At the season kick-off with the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans Reiterberger, Gareth Jones (AUS) and Vallcaneras came home in seventh whilst at the 8 hours of Suzuka, the second round of the championship, held in Japan, was forced to retire. Now everything is set to bounce back at the home event of the team with a travel time of less than two hours for most of the crew.
BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com’s Markus Reiterberger had plenty of reasons to celebrate after returning from the 8 hours of Suzuka: The Bavarian rider went on to race the German Superbike Championship (IDM) taking 3 out of 4 wins at Schleiz and Assen (NED) and second spot, handing him the Championship title with one round still to go. Reiterberger so far took 11 out of 14 wins with his worst results being three second place finishes.
The race will be broadcasted live by Eurosport 2 in Germany and most other countries.
Info on the German Speedweek – 8 hours of Germany:
TV Broadcast Schedule (Germany):
Saturday, 22nd August 2015
12:00 – 17:15 – Eurosport 2 – Start and first hours
19:00 – 20:15 – Eurosport 2 – Last hour, finish, podium
“It’s nice to head to Oschersleben now for our home race in the Endurance World Championship. We’ve been quite successful there last year but we know that we have stepped up to the premier class of Endurance racing so we know it will be more difficult to repeat that. But I am confident as we have been having a good season for our first year in this class so far and even in Suzuka we showed that we are having everything we need to mix it at the front. Bastien, Pedro and myself obviously know the track of Oschersleben very well, the teams knows what to do, the BMW S 1000 RR is working there and the Pirelli tires as well, so we have everything set for a good weekend.”
“I am looking forward to race at Oschersleben with my BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com again. We’ve put the disappointment of Suzuka behind us and I am roaring to make a good race at the team’s home race. 8 hours are more like a sprint race so everything has to run smoothly for you to come out on top. Last year’s edition fills us with confidence, even though we know it’s quite a lot harder to repeat that results in the EWC class. Anyways, I am highly motivated and I am looking forward to be on our EWC BMW S 1000 RR together with Markus and Pedro again.”
“I am happy to be back with BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com and to go to Oschersleben. Of course last year’s results are a high motivation for all of us but is also raises the bar in terms of pressure – not only because we are now in the EWC category, but also because it’s our teams home race and they once again expect many fans to turn up – which is nice for sure. We can be confident as we did a good race at Le Mans already and we have been successful at Oschersleben the past two years by winning the Superstock class. Let’s aim high once more.”
“We didn’t have too much time after Suzuka to get the bikes prepared for Oschersleben so our Crew Chief Gordon Unger along with our mechanics, such as Frank Ittner and Tino Stingl, had to do some night shifts back in our workshop. But for sure we are prepared and are aiming high as always. On paper Suzuka for sure was a disappointment for us but we took the positives from it – we’ve been amongst the fastest permanent EWC teams in all sessions and even in the race until the problems turned up. That is Endurance racing for you sometimes but there is no need to think about the past, just about the future and we have everything set for our home race. 2013 and 2014 we couldn’t have asked for more there as we took two Superstock wins in a row and we had the history-making Qualifying last year with the pole position. We know our BMW S 1000 RR is more than good to run at the front of the pack as are the Pirelli tires. There is no need to have any doubts that Markus, Bastien and Pedro will be fast here, so we just need to hope we have got some luck on our side as well.”