Maxima BMW is excited to announce that Glenn Allerton will debut the all-new 2019 BMW S 1000RR in race trim at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, which takes place at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend.
The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix event will mark the first time that the new German machine will race in Australia, and both Allerton and the team have got high expectations of what it will deliver after its debut shakedown test at Winton Motor Raceway yesterday.
Allerton expressed his enthusiasm by saying; “I can’t wait to get on track this weekend and see what this BMW S 1000RR can do after yesterday’s test. The team and I have been chomping at the bit to finally get the new bike on the circuit and take it racing. After a positive test at Winton, I couldn’t think of a better place to debut the 2019 BMW S 1000RR in race trim, than at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in front of worlds eyes.”
While Allerton is excited about the new machine, he is optimistic about the challenges which lies ahead.
“Out of the box the 2019 S1000RR is fast, and we have seen that in all of the reports around the world, written by the media. What will it be like in terms of racing, we’ll just have to wait and see. The test at Winton has been a very important one as we have managed to test all the options available on such a new platform. We can now head into the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix with a better understanding of the bike itself and where we might need to make some adjustments to make it even better for race conditions.”
“Hats off to Shane [Kinderis], who has worked overtime to get the new BMW to where it is now and ready for this weekend. It has not been an easy task, as he has had to wait on parts to get through customs, then get everything to work once on the bike. Now that the bike is together and we have had a test session under our belt, I believe this new BMW S 1000RR will be able to challenge for race victories,” added Allerton, who has twenty top three finishes in the Superbike support event class, which includes seven race wins.
Maxima BMW’s Team Manager, Wayne Hepburn has also added his excitement of the new project which lies ahead for the team.
Just like Allerton, Hepburn is not getting ahead of himself just yet, as this new project is so new for the team.
“It’s very exciting for the entire team, BMW Motorrad Australia and all of our sponsors to be able to roll out a new motorcycle. Not only does the 2019 S 1000RR look great, but it appears to be even better in terms of performance on the track, which we have seen at Winton yesterday,” said Hepburn.
“You just have to look how well the BMW S 1000RR is performing internationally for the likes of Smiths Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and the BMW Motorrad WSBK team for both Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger in the FIM World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK). If they are anything to go by, I have no doubt in my mind that the BMW S 1000RR will be a race winning motorcycle in the Australia.”
“Obviously, this weekend will be the real test to see what the bike will be like when it goes racing, on a circuit which is the polar opposite to Winton. While the test went well for us, the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will be an even bigger test once we go racing and will be an indicator to how we might go at the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship the weekend after at Sydney Motorsport Park,” finished Hepburn.
The Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will see Allerton and the Maxima BMW team taking part in one Practice and Qualifying session this Friday, two eight lap races on Saturday and one eight lap race on Sunday morning.