Following the first official top teams Pirelli test in South Africa, BMW have revealed their intentions to be fighting for top five finishes by the end of the 2009 season.
The German manufacturer will campaign the all-new BMW S1000RR, but face a huge challenge to get on par with established WSB teams and manufacturers Ducati, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki.
In recent WSB history new manufactures have struggled to make their mark on the ultra competitive series with teams such as Benelli and Foggy Petronas unable to reach the necessary level to become front-runners.
BMW aren’t the only manufacturer joining WSB in 2009. Aprilia will campaign their all-new RSV4 and are so far proving to be further up the development ladder than their German rivals.
The Italian manufacture not only has previous WSB experience with their RSV 1000cc v-twin, but a wealth of success and world titles in 125 and 250GP’s.
BMW also have the added challenge of developing their S1000RR in house including their own advanced electronics system. 2009 riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus made a promising start against their piers by finishing 11th and 13th respectively in the three day South Africa test, with both men confident in the teams and the bikes future potential.
MCN were given exclusive access to the all-new BMW Superbike at the test, for a full technical insight and pictures see MCN out Wednesday 24th December 2009.