Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Team with provisional 9th on Oschersleben 8 hours grid
Oschersleben, Germany. The Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Team has qualified in ninth position for the final round of the 2016 FIM Endurance World Championship at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben today. Riders Kenny Foray, Lukas Pesek and Matthieu Lussiana powered their BMW S 1000 RR machinery to an average fastest lap time of 1:28,469 minutes.
After yesterday’s test day, the squad started with fifth position in the Free Practice session this morning. With temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius, it was a tough battle in the heat during afternoon’s qualification.
First out on track was Kenny Foray, posting the quickest time for Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Team in 1:27,693, with Lukas Pesek to follow in the yellow session. The man from Czech Republic landed a 1:28,628 time. Third was the new addition to the team, Matthieu Lussiana from France, substituting for the injured Matthieu Gines. Lussiana placed a best time of 1:29.088.
Tomorrow will see the second qualifying session go ahead at 10:30 local time, with the race, the 8 hours of Germany at Oschersleben, to start on Saturday, 27th of August, at 14 o’clock. The chequered flag will fall at 22 o’clock that same day.
Today our position is not, what we want for sure, but we all were not riding much, during qualifying every rider only had three laps. We worked towards the race and tomorrow, where we all will get a new tire each. Then we can push for a real good time. I am feeling very confident on our BMW S 1000 RR and I am looking forward to tomorrow and the race on Saturday. We have very high expectations.
Ninth for now is ok considering we were only doing a few laps today. Tomorrow we will have a new tire each so we can go for a final attack and push. I think it was the right decision to opt for tomorrows qualifying, as it will be held before lunch time and it should be a bit cooler by then.
For the beginning, I am very happy to ride for Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Team, this is a very good opportunity for me. I was in negotiations about a test with Rico since last year already and finally I am here and I try to give my best to get a good result for the team in this race. For the qualifying I worked a lot with my riding style because I have to change a lot of things to get some more durability for the tires, as my normal riding style is quite aggressive. Tomorrow I have to find a middle way because I felt very slow today, but I think tomorrow there is more to come and I will go faster, for sure. The work style of the team impresses me a lot, because everything is done so fast and professional. Endurance is a new thing for me, I do not have so many experience here, so I am so happy to start this adventure in this team. I have a similar bike in the World Superbike championship, but here it is a little bit different, especially in the electronics. But I am having a good feeling on the bike, I just need to understand the front a bit better, as this fork is new for me. I hope to understand that better for the race and on this track, as you have to be careful on this track. I need a bit better feedback from the bike, to push a bit more.”
Of course with the ninth position we are not getting over-ecstatic today, but it is also not the end of the world. There is more to come tomorrow from everyone in the team, especially as everyone will have a new set of tires then. We followed an very analytic work plan today and did practice every and every single working step – we got big targets so everything has to be in place. We also worked on our race strategy – in the end your starting position in an Endurance race doesn’t matter at all.