Troy Corser campaigns the S1000RR for its sophomore season in World Superbike. Now the new BMW superbike will also contest the famed Isle of Man TT in 2010.
The 2010 Isle of Man TT entry list gets more varied by the day. First it was news that the KTM RC8R and Moto2 would race in the premier Superbike TTs, now BMW Motorrad tosses its new Superbike into the ring with Rico Penzkofer riding the BMW S1000RR Superbike.
Having worked as a development rider for the latest Beemer, Penzkofer has also campaigned for BMW in the World Endurance races aboard the HP2 Sport. The 34-year-old German bolstered his street racing credentials when he piloted the S1000RR to a fifth-place finish at the 2009 Macau Grand Prix last November. Penzkofer also sports experience on the IOM TT mountain course, racing the 2009 Supersport TTs for the Yamaha/Macau Racing Team to 30th and 33rd-place results. This time around, however, Penkofer will have official factory support and, according to a TT press release, a “full Superbike-spec machine at his disposal.”
The return of an official BMW team to Isle of Man racing ends a three-decade gap for the Bavarian marque - the last BMW team being the late ‘70s duo of Helmut Dahne and Hans Otto Butenuth. In spite of the long absence, BMW has 30 TT victories to its credit, many of them in the sidecar class.
“To be representing BMW on their return to the TT is a tremendous honor for me and after my debut last year I can’t wait to return to the Mountain Course,” said Penzkofer in the accompanying PR. “Riding the Superbike will obviously present a new challenge but the bike is superb and that, combined with my own improved knowledge of the course, should see us able to make a good impression. Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus have proved in World Superbikes that the bike is competitive and we hope to do the same at the TT.”
Rico Penzkofer has experience campaigning under the BMW banner having raced the HP2 Sport
in World Endurance races (left). He also contributed to the S1000RR project as a test rider and
rode the new Beemer to an impressive fifth-place finish at the 2009 Macau Grand Prix.
The Isle of Man Minister for Tourism and Leisure, Martyn Qualye, also expressed enthusiasm over the BMW return in 2010 saying: “It’s really exciting to see the return of such a prestigious marque to the Isle of Man TT and their involvement in the 2010 races is a great boost to an already strong list of manufacturers – more evidence that the TT is going from strength to strength.”
The 2010 Isle of Man festivities will begin May 30th, with the TT race dates stretching into the first two weeks of June.