Why BMW is testing behind closed doors in Jerez
For the BMW test in Jerez and its secrecy, there was a lot of uncertainty among the fans of the blue-and-white and their drivers. Tom Sykes behaved much more cautiously in the interview last week than before the start of the 2020 season. For more information see on this page under “Interviews+TV” or the following link: http://www.motoracers.eu/tom-sykes-about-2021/?lang=en. The Huddersfield jester got unusually serious when questions for him revolved around expectations for the coming season and preparations. There is a reason for this, as at the time he had absolutely no idea what to expect in Jerez for the first rollout of the year.
Lessons learned from the experience a year ago
In the previous year, Sykes and BMW team boss Bongers had embarrassed themselves terribly. Before the start of the season Down Under, the big tones were struck and there were talk of victories, podiums and title ambitions. After which, however, 2020 turned into an absolute debacle. The distances from the racetracks to Munich were much shorter than, for example, those of the competition from Kawasaki and Honda. HRC Honda in particular had to struggle with the pandemic with their brand new CBR-1000RR-R, as the Japanese could not fly back and forth this time. The fact that BMW now absolutely wanted to test behind closed doors can only mean that they are not yet on a par with the competition.
The moment of truth is approaching – what is BMW doing in Barcelona?
The fact that BMW has been testing in Jerez since March 22nd and has not sent a single press release about it feeds the fears of many skeptics. Against this background, Jonas Folger can spread the euphoric news about the supposedly incredibly powerful engine of the new M-1000RR, but this is not really reassuring for BMW fans. The moment of truth is approaching and everyone is wondering what is BMW doing in Barcelona? Do you arrive and do you have your first excuses soon? Or maybe they don’t even take part?
The time until the first race is particularly questionable
We don’t know either and, with the best will in the world, cannot take their secrecy as a good sign. Especially not that they wanted to share the route with Honda and Lowes not a few days earlier. In the meantime, nobody would be surprised if the blue-and-whites would even forego traveling to the first official Dorna WSBK tests in Barcelona if their performance was too bad. The main question at BMW is the short time from the current test to the first race and whether this is enough to prepare. This was the most used excuse of the blue-whites last year, so the later start of the test is all the more astonishing.
Restraint can be positive – but hiding is not an option
After the full-bodied announcements a year ago, the sounds at BMW have become noticeably quieter before the new season begins. According to reigning world champion Jonathan Rea, he and the Kawasaki team have already done around 90 percent of the work for the start of the season. Yamaha recently drove for the first time at Misano, Honda had the Jerez Test with Lowes as a guest and now BMW is the last to arrive with their game of hide-and-seek. Admittedly, reluctance can be positive, especially after the experience of 2020. But hide-and-seek like with robber and gendarme games doesn’t work because in Barcelona the truth comes to light. There, at the latest, you will see whether “Magic Michael” and Tom Sykes on the M-1000RR are immediately on par with the competition. Should they stay away from the Barcelona Test, which some observers fear, then good night friends.
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