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April 17, 2008 - BMW today
released the official photos of the 2009 BMW S
1000 RR race bike. This motorcycle hasn't
been a very well kept secret, and the motorcycle
shown here will be the basis for the motorcycle BMW
will campaign in World Superbike racing.
BMW S 1000 RR Review and Ride Report from the Sepang
S 1000 RR Final Specifications and Photos
First S1000RR Supersports bikes reach production!
Ruben Xaus signs with BMW to race the S 1000 RR
in the 2009 World Superbike Championship!
The photos of the S 1000 RR were released during a
speech by Hendrik von Kuenheim, who has just become
the General Director of BMW Motorrad after having
served as the President of BMW Spain.
During his welcoming speech, Mr. von
Kuenheim officially confirmed the rumors: BMW will
race in World Superbike. Here's an excerpt
from his speech:
"As you may expect of BMW Motorrad, the design of
our BMW Supersports will be absolutely unique and
very different. While it will of course
reflect the usual design language in the segment, it
will at the same time offer a strong and powerful
message from the BMW brand.
Now let me briefly give you the status of our
entry into the Superbike World Championship: Today I
can confirm that our preparations are proceeding
according to plan in every respect: In compliance
with the rules of the Series, the new motorcycle
will be available to customers in 2009 and we will
build 1,000 production models by the end of next
We are implementing our racing activities in
close cooperation with our partner Alpha-Racing, a
specialist very experienced in motorsport.
Located near Munich, Alpha-Racing have already
started work in a special production hall
specifically for this purpose.
The process of building up the team is proceeding
at full swing and we have already filled the key
positions. The team is a combination of
specialists from BMW and members of the Alpha-Technik
racing crew, as well as further specialists from
professional Superbike racing.
Choosing the development and test riders for our
racing machine, we are currently operating in a
revolving system to gain as much experience as
possible. The selection of test riders ranges
from experienced riders still active today all the
way to young “top guns”.
In the upcoming weeks and months we will
systematically start production of the racing
machine in its individual power and performance
stages, testing the new model as we go along."
"We naturally realize that the established teams
have many years of experience. But we wish to
take up this challenge in particular and have put
together a highly motivated team precisely for this
purpose, a team which will prove the performance of
our new motorcycle in professional racing.
Naturally, we will have to go through a certain
process of learning – which is precisely why we have
set ourselves realistic targets for the time being:
In our first year in the Superbike World
Championship we seek to bring home several places in
the Top 10 and to consistently close the gap to the
In year 2 we plan to catch up with the top teams
and to win our first places on the podium. And
our medium-term objective, obviously, is to win the
"You have been speculating a lot on the
designation of our new model. So let us put an
end to this speculation today. BMW Motorrad’s
first Supersports will be the “S1000RR”.
In choosing the name and designation of BMW’s new
Supersports, we're consistently following our
nomenclature at BMW Motorrad. In this name,
the “S“ stands for Supersports, marking a new class
of motorcycles from BMW. The “1000” designates
the size of the engine, and the “RR” naturally
stands for the model itself."
"Dear Motorcycle Friends, many motorcycle
magazines have published photos of a racing
prototype which we have tested on several racing
tracks. Today we would like to show you this
racing prototype, offering you an initial impression
of the package and the technology. But when
you see the motorcycle in a minute, please note that
neither the design nor the impression of quality are
the same as on the production model following at a
Thank you Mr. von Kuenheim! And now, here are
the photos of the 2009 BMW S1000RR!
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