BMW Motorrad’s racing division, BMW Motorrad Motorsport, has morphed into something quite unique. Starting as the company’s factory racing team, it has since become a dedicated support system for its customers. In fact, BMW Motorrad claim to be the only manufacturer which “entirely focuses on extensively supporting its privateer riders and teams all around the globe.”
As the 2016 racing season is fast approaching, things are in full swing for BMW Motorrad Motorsport. This year, its customers will be competing on every continent, in no less than 20 different racing series. BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s Technical Director, Berthold Hauser, said, “Over the years we have established a close and successful partnership with our riders and teams all around the globe. Now we are excited to kick-off the 2016 season together with our racing customers.”
Hauser added, “Overall, we are looking forward to an exciting season with action-packed races all over the world. We wish our customers have fun racing the RR and hope for the successes that reward the hard work of the teams, as well as our support team.”
Speaking for myself, I am hopeful that, at some point, all of the experience BMW Motorrad Motorsport is gaining through its support of its customers will fuel the re-emergence of a factory team for the Bavarian brand. Though, the company’s current CEO has been quite decisive on the matter, explicitly conveying that the factory racing team is not going to be revived. However, as KTM, one of BMW Motorrad’s biggest competitors, is preparing for its entry into the world’s most prestigious motorcycle racing series, the MotoGP, the head-honchos at BMW may change their mind’s. Fingers crossed.