Short on time Milwaukee BMW speedily launched their 2016 challenger, at a Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit presentation today, one day before the team kick-starts their debut World Superbike campaign.
The Yorkshire based and reigning British Superbike championship winning team have made a move up to the world stage, after 11 years in British Superbikes having sealed 2 titles. Their riders, consisting of the current British Superbike champion, Josh Brookes and ex-MotoGP star, Karel Abraham, unveiled their bike and will spearhead their toughest challenge to date.
Entering into uncharted waters, with a new championship but also a new manufacture BMW, the team look set to endure a huge learning curve over the first few rounds of the season. To make the situation tougher for the team, the final bike parts only arrived in Australia a few days ago. Consequently, the team have missed out on opportunities to test and make changes to the complete race package, meaning uncertainty will surround the first 2 races. However, both Brookes and Abraham are confident that they have a fast bike and are surrounded by a highly-skilled team who can make any changes necessary, to produce a more competitive machine.
Abraham, a WSBK rookie who is making his debut on Saturday, is pleased with bike. He said: “I saw the bike for the first time a couple of days ago and I loved it from the first time I saw it. We have a lot of special parts on the bike, but we need to adjust the setup based on the different parts we have. We weren´t really able to do it in the pre-season tests, so we still need to work on that a lot to get it all right.”
“The bike has everything it needs to be one of the most competitive machines on the track,” added Brookes, who is making his return to the championship and has the privilege of racing at his home round this weekend. “But just having all the parts doesn’t make it a perfectly tuned tool. There’s a lot of work to be done but I think we’ve got the best personnel in the team to do it the best we can. The challenge is a bit bigger but hopefully the rewards are a bit bigger too!”
Tomorrow, the Milwaukee BMW bike will be seen in its full colours on track, as testing concludes and racing commences. At least the team won’t have worry about a wet race this weekend as the season officially starts in sunny Australia, with qualifying and race one on Saturday and race two on Sunday; a new race layout for this season.