Markus Reiterberger and BMW well prepared for EWC opener in Le Mans
After a positive test Markus Reiterberger and the BMW factory team are optimistic about the first EWC event of the 2023 season, the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France). As last year, the team is completed by Ilya Mikhalchik and Jérémy Guarnoni. Patrick Hobelsberger supports the BMW team as the fourth driver.
For the new model generation of the BMW M 1000 RR, the aerodynamics in particular have been comprehensively revised, thus significantly increasing aerodynamic efficiency. In addition, BMW Motorrad Motorsport worked intensively on durability over the winter, especially with regard to the challenges of endurance racing. In addition, there were various other areas in which the #37 BMW M 1000 RR was further optimised. The winter tests were successful. To conclude the preparations, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team took part in the private test day at Le Mans on Tuesday.
The race weekend at Le Mans begins with Free Practice on Thursday morning. The starting positions will then be determined in the two-part qualifying on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. The 46th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will start on Saturday at 15.00 (CEST).
The 2023 FIM EWC season comprises a total of four events. After the opener at Le Mans, the 24 HEURES SPA Motos will be held at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on 17/18 June, where the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team celebrated its first victory in a 24-hour race last year. The 8 Hours of Suzuka (Japan) takes place on 6 August and the season ends in autumn with the Bol d'Or in Le Castellet (France) on 16-17 September.
"The final test was very busy. We were able to sort out a few things, but we still have work to do before the race. We have clear hopes for the weekend: We want to finish on the podium or take the win. It would be great to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We know we can do it from the team, the package and the riders. The important thing is simply to get through. There is still a question mark behind the weather, but I think we will be ready for all conditions. We will do our best and we are confident."