BMW Motorrad ready to return to Le Mans
April 3, 2007 BMW has already shown in its short time as a Formula One constructor that it has the wherewithal to play at the ultimate level and news this week that it will begin competing in motorcycle endurance racing is hence of great significance. On 21st April 2007, the legendary "24-heures moto" races off to yet another blinding start, but with one small but significant historic difference: after an absence of 50 years from competitive road racing, a BMW Motorrad factory team will be on the grid.
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport will be entering the first Endurance World Championship race of the season with a sports boxer based closely on the BMW R 1200 S.
Its 1200 cc capacity sets it into the Open Class. This long-distance racer will be ridden by professional racers with BMW experience: Stéphane Mertens, Thomas Hinterreiter and Rico Penzkofer, with Marcus Barth as the back-up rider.
In 2007, the team will enter a total of four 24-hour races. In addition to the "24 heures moto" at Le Mans (21/22 April) the program also includes the 24-hour races of Barcelona (07/08 July), Oschersleben (11/12 August) and Magny Cours (Bol d'Or, 15/16 September).
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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