The BMW M1000RR in WorldSBK-Spec Gets Its Track Debut

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The BMW M1000RR was one of the surprise new bike announcements this year, as it takes the BMW S1000RR superbike package, and cranks it to 11.

This winged homologation special will be the platform that Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark will use on the factory BMW squad next year (along with Jonas Folger and Eugene Laverty, who will appear on two separate satellite teams).

Key specs on the BMW M1000RR start with its engine, which produces 209hp (156 kW) and peak torque at 83 lbs•ft (113 Nm). The winglets provide 36 lbs (16.2 kg) of downforce at 187 km/h. Meanwhile, the curb weight of the street bike is listed at a class-leading 423 lbs (192 kg).

Naturally, the racing version will have even more power at the throttle grip, and even less mass on the wheels. But, can it win races?

That remains to be seen, but today we have MVDM getting his first go on the M1000RR superbike in WorldSBK-spec, and so we are treated to our first photos of this World Superbike Championship machine. Enjoy!

“It was really good for me to have a first shakedown with the bike at Miramas,” said Michael van der Mark. “I think it was also really helpful to work together with the team and to get used to each other.”

“We tried a couple of things which we normally don’t have the time for during a normal test so I think it was really positive and I was just happy to be back on the bike this year and I am really looking forward to the next test.”

Source: BMW Motorrad