The rumours of BMW’s plans for MotoGP started doing rounds during the Qatar GP. BMW’s General Director, Hendrik von Kuenheim supposedly met with the MotoGP-rights holder Dorna and the rumours gathered more momentum as the bikes moved on to Donington Park.
BMW has been linked with the Suter, Swiss chassis builder – who current supply the majority of the Moto2 field – about fitting out their premier class entry with S1000RR derived engines but Dorna wants to see a full-fledged BMW works team in premier Grand Prix by 2012.
Since last year BMW has been active in the World Superbike Series with their new BMW S1000RR superbike. BMW WSB boss Bernhard Gobmeier told Motorcycle News:
“Because we have the S1000RR we needed to be competing in motorsport and our decision was WSB. ”We have a long-term contract with Alfa Racing, but the workshop is very large so there would be enough space for something else. It would be necessary to upgrade the engine.”
Gobmeier revealed that BMW’s previous decision not to be in MotoGP could change with room available for a new project. A 2013 entry could be a possibility as rules will be revised which could make BMW’s entry into the premier series more practical. The present BMW WSBK rider, Leon Haslam too has responded positively to a possible MotoGP entry.The 27-year-old stated:
“I’ve had options to go to MotoGP in the past, but I only want to go on a competitive package. BMW have obviously got an interest to be there but I think a lot of it comes down to the bike because they’re not going to go there with what they’ve got now.
“I don’t know when it will happen but the fact that they are speaking about it is good from my point of view.”
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