Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty visited the BMW research center in Munich before the Superbike World Championship race in Jerez next weekend. In particular, the two factory drivers were introduced to the concept workshop for seats. Then both received from Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, new chairs for working with the technicians in the BMW box.
“We always make such special designs, so we suggested that we could also build special seats for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team,” said Alois Widbiller, head of system integration for seats with seat pattern construction at the BMW Research Center in Munich. «This is quite complex, because you can’t just mount the seat on the castors. For example, we had to redesign and manufacture special matching connecting parts. This includes an adapter part, which we screw onto the seat and with which the connection to the roller frame is made. »
In over 60 hours of work, the normal seat of a BMW M4 Competition made of merino leather developed into a special seat for the two Superbike pilots who will return to the race track after the Corona break next weekend. “Of course, the two chairs also received a badge with the inscription BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team,” emphasized Widbiller at the meeting with the riders.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers was also delighted with the new chairs. “It is often underestimated how much time our drivers actually spend sitting in the pits,” he confirmed. «This is especially the case during training sessions. Before you hit the track, prepare for your outings. They come back between runs, and while the crew is working on the motorcycle, the riders discuss with their crew chiefs and engineers and give their feedback on the bike. After all sessions, including qualifying and racing, the debrief with the team follows, in which all details about the behavior of the bike in the individual sections of the route are discussed and the sector times are analyzed. »