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  • Round three of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship at Estoril, Portugal.
  • 50 years of BMW M: BMW Motorrad Motorsport part of the anniversary weekend.
  • BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and Bonovo action BMW Racing Team have been testing at Oschersleben and Portimão.


This weekend, BMW Motorrad Motorsport returns to action in round three of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) after a break of three and a half weeks. Estoril, Portugal, is the venue from 20th to 22nd May. The circuit to the west of Lisbon has hosted WorldSBK on a regular basis since 2020. For BMW Motorrad Motorsport, the race weekend is also about a special anniversary: 50 years of BMW M will be an important theme in Estoril.


The two BMW Motorrad Motorsport teams used the time after the Assen (NED) races to optimise the BMW M 1000 RR. The Bonovo action BMW Racing Team, with riders Loris Baz (FRA) and Eugene Laverty (IRL), was testing at Oschersleben (GER) last Wednesday. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team took to the Portimão (POR) track on Monday with its riders Scott Redding (GBR) and Michael van der Mark (NED).


BMW M GmbH, a close partner of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, is celebrating its 50th birthday with numerous activities this year, and the big anniversary will also play a central role at Estoril.


Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “It was nice to have an extra test and also for me it was good to ride the bike to see my condition on the bike. It improved so much compared to Assen so it gave me a lot of confidence. I really like the Estoril track. It’s a track where the differences are very small so I am happy that I am a lot fitter and a lot better on the bike now. Last year, we did quite well there but the bike has changed a lot since then and I am curious to see how it will work there. For me it is good that I can finally ride more normal.”