BMW Husqvarna Motorsport enters prototype motorcycle in the EWC.
Evolutionary concept set to make its debut in Lovere (ITA) at the weekend.
Munich/Cassinetta. BMW Husqvarna Motorsport is
preparing to send a prototype bike into action for the first time in
the upcoming round of the FIM Enduro World Championship (EWC) in
Lovere, Italy on 22nd/23rd May. The bike, which will compete in the E2
class at the event, is built around the Husqvarna chassis concept and
powered by the innovative and highly capable 450 cc four-stroke engine
developed by BMW Motorrad.
Rainer Thoma, President and CEO of Husqvarna Motorcycles, explains
the decision: “Back in February we signed up to race in the E2
class of the Enduro World Championship under the new name BMW
Husqvarna Motorsport. This collaboration of BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna
Motorcycles aims to pool the two brands’ expertise in off-road
competition for 450 cc four-stroke machines. The forthcoming debut
appearance of the prototype bike is the logical next step following a
very promising phase of testing. Although our leading rider Juha
Salminen will have to sit out this coming weekend through injury,
we’re approaching the event in optimistic mood with our
prototype bike, our other regular rider Marko Tarkkala and stand-in
man Andreas Lettenbichler.”
Over the past few months, the people at the Husqvarna Motorcycles
development department have been working closely with specialists at
BMW Motorrad and Speedbrain to develop a bike combining the Husqvarna
chassis concept with the innovative and accomplished 450 cc
four-stroke engine developed by BMW Motorrad. The testing phase, which
got underway at the start of the year, is now completed, and the bike
will be entered in competition from this weekend.
“Our aim for the 2010 season was to be fighting for the title
in the E2 class of the Enduro World Championship with the BMW
Husqvarna Motorsport team,” adds BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Director Berthold Hauser. “With Juha’s injury and his
absence from the next race as a result, that’s going to be
tough. In order to be successful despite this setback, it’s
imperative that we make best possible use of the available synergies.
With the testing phase completed the aim now is to use this genuine
Husqvarna with BMW G 450 X drive concept to be up there fighting for
success and victories in the sporting arena.”
BMW Motorrad Motorsport will remain actively involved in off-road
competition with the BMW G 450 X. The team is planning to continue
racing the bike in the European and the German Cross Country
Championship and a range of Extreme Enduro events. Meanwhile, the
Husqvarna CH Racing team will continue to compete in the E1 and E3
classes of the FIM Enduro World Championship. The Supermoto and
Motocross segments will also remain under the Husqvarna banner.