Michael van der Mark: BMW has to get better everywhere


BMW had to wait for eight years until Michael van der Mark finally brought them another victory in the Superbike World Championship on October 3, 2021. In order to win permanently, the M1000RR has to get stronger.

Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, has given his racing department a clear mandate: You have to make it to the top of the Superbike World Championship!

For this, the factory return took place in 2019 with the then new S1000RR. Just two years later, the M1000RR, tailored to SBK requirements, came out for the 2021 season.

In 2022, with Shaun Muir Racing and Bonovo action, we will see two equal BMW teams with identical factory equipment, with Michael van der Mark, Scott Redding, Loris Baz and Eugene Laverty, the German manufacturer has four fast drivers under contract.

In 2021, in his first season for BMW, Van der Mark captured three podium places, including the acclaimed victory in the sprint race in Portimao. It was the first BMW triumph in the Superbike World Championship in 97 months! The Dutchman finished sixth in the World Championship with 262 points, followed by Michael Rinaldi (Ducati, 282 points) and Andrea Locatelli (Yamaha, 291 points). In his previous four years at Yamaha, van der Mark achieved world championship ranks 5, 4, 3 and 6.

He has already reached a good level with BMW – of course he is not satisfied.

“There weren’t as many podium places as we had hoped,” van der Mark told SPEEDWEEK.com. “In the Superbike World Championship in 2021 everyone was so close together, many riders were fighting with the front runners. BMW brought the new M1000RR, which we expected more from. We made only small progress during the season, we need more time to develop. As a driver, you always want more. “

In mid-December, BMW and his quartet tested for three days in Jerez, where an engine expansion stage with additional power was used. For the first test in 2022, probably in Misano in mid-March, the second expansion stage is to follow.

BMW is also considering signing three-time vice world champion Chaz Davies as a riding coach. The Welshman ended his career after the 2021 season and should look at the track to see what the competition is doing better.

With Scott Redding, van der Mark has a new team-mate, the Englishman replaces his compatriot Tom Sykes.

“Scott is fast,” says van der Mark. ‘But so was Tom. Scott has some Ducati experience so hopefully he can give us some inside information. Tom and I were close together in 2021. That shows that we got the most out of the bike. In order to win next season, the bike has to get better in all areas. We lacked a bit of engine power, but in the end we always talk about a combination of everything. We want to win, that’s the plan. “

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