Satellite BMW team enters WSBK series

Three S1000RR riders on 2010 WSBK grid

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Dec. 09, 2009, Photography by Stefan Hötschl
A new privateer team will run the BMW S1000RR in the 2010 World Superbike Championship.

The newly-formed Reitwagen Motorsport team will enter the WSBK series with Austrian racer Roland Resch.

“Roland will race the new BMW S1000RR next year with some know-how and assistance from BMW, but basically the team is developing the race bike from stock production bikes on its own,” team spokesman Andreas Werth says on the official WSBK website. “We have the budget for a full season and will start testing in Australia in late December. Reitwagen is the first BMW client in the Superbike World Championship and for us it’s a great opportunity.”

BMW will expand its presence on the WSBK grid with a privateer entry featuring rider Roland Resch.Resch competed in 17 races with TKR Suzuki Switzerland as a rookie in 2009, with his best result a 16th-place finish at the Magny-Cours round. Resch entered the WSBK series after winning the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R Cup. In 2010, Resch will be the third S1000RR rider on the grid, after BMW factory riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus.

“The works (S1000RR) bike is a piece of art,” says Resch, “but I am almost more impressed by how close the stock bike is to good racing standards. The stock bike already pulls 202 hp with race exhaust and remapped electronics, so it’s a very interesting base for race developments.”

The BMW S1000RR will also be racing in the World Superstock class in 2010. The BMW Motorrad Italia World Superstock team has yet to announce a rider.