The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team is on its way to Sepang, Malaysia.
One more week and the second round of the FIM Endurance World Championship 2019/20 will take place for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team.
We like the memory of our first assignment in September at the “Bol d’Or” in Le Castellet, France. A surprising third place in the 24-hour race, briefly held up by weather conditions, put the new BMW factory team in third place in the overall standings of the World Cup.
The venue of the Sepang International Circuit in Malysia is new for everyone in the championship and makes everything possible. But what awaits us in Sepang?
50 teams and nearly 150 riders with 20 different nationalities are expected at the 8-hour race in Sepang. These include the 36 permanent teams of the FIM EWC. For the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, Ilya Mikhlachik (UKR), Kenny Foray (FRA) and Markus Reiterberger (GER) will represent three of the 20 nations.
It is the first event of the World Cup on this racetrack. The race will take place on December 14th on the 5.5 km course in the tropical climate of Malaysia. The event is not only the first for the championship in the south of Asia, but with the addition of the FIA / WTCR OSCARO it will be the first mixed motorbike / automotive event in Asia at all.
The motorcycles of the teams have been on the big cargo ships en route to the Malaysian racetrack since the end of October. More than 1,100 cubic meters of racing equipment and more than 150 tons of material are currently still on the waterway to Asia. Team members and riders will be traveling this weekend.
The first 8-hour race of Sepang will be broadcast live on the free-to-air Indonesian TV channel TVRI. Thus, the series is made available to a very wide audience. The station will receive free coverage in every corner of Indonesia and will not only broadcast the Malaysian event, but will also show live the subsequent European races and the final event of Suzuka, Japan.
Teams and riders will enjoy the Sepang International Circuit, a 2,300-acre complex of hotel facilities, shopping center, golf course and several other sports venues. The first Grand Prix took place here in 1999, after just 14 months of construction, and has pretty much influenced the standard for the world’s racetracks. The course includes four slow corners, two long straights and ten medium to very fast turns. The wide track is ideal for exciting overtaking maneuvers and gives plenty of room to accelerate. The intense heat and high humidity make the track, which is about 50 km south of Kuala Lumpur, sometimes a torture for the riders, as it is quite exhausting to keep up with the local conditions. It promises to be exciting, in a week, at the other end of the world.