They've been testing their WSB entry for months and by all accounts it absolutely flies. Rumour is it will race before the end of the season. BMW don't enter racing half cock, if they do they'll do it to win.
This must be the bike that they're doing it with and will be bringing out. My understanding is that its an in line 4 and will be initially released to the public without the Ohlins and top notch gear to take advantage of the lower end of the market before releasing the top notch item with all good gear on it. Being a BMW it won't be cheap but looking at that it wouldn't be a "no" now would it?
Yeah, agree on all fronts. They're very much aware of the fact that wins on Sunday = sales on Monday but since the largest growing markets at the moment are adventure and naked bikes I'm surprised that they're taking this route.
We've seen recently with the HP2 bikes that they're taking this seriously, winning in endurance races, as well as the new enduro doing really well in its first competitions, which were purely for testing. I'd be very surprised if this isn't a successful bike very quickly. I know Max Neukirchner is a target to ride it next year. I think they'll have to pay him a lot to pry him from Suzuki if they choose to keep him for another year though
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