THE BMW MOTORRAD WORLDSBK TEAM KICKSTARTS THE PENULTIMATE ROUND OF THE 2021 SEASON IN ARGENTINA
The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team today welcomed a return to the San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina for Round 13 of the FIM Superbike World Championship. Free Practice 1 was delayed this morning due to technical issues however track action soon resumed with Michael van der Mark setting the pace in the early stages of the session, despite the sandy conditions. As the grip improved throughout the opening session, the lap times did, too. Michael went on to put himself in P13 (1’40.138) at the end of FP1.
In the second and final free practice session of the day, Van der Mark improved on his lap times set from this morning and finished on his BMW M 1000RR in P14 (1’39.323).
Michael: “It’s been a bit of a struggle today; we have seemed to find some limitations on the BMW M 1000 RR. This morning we went out and the track was a bit sandy, but we kept riding to clean the track and ended up using only one set of tyres the whole session, so we were expecting a little more in FP2. We seemed to struggle to get the bike to turn and missed some flow around this circuit. We have a lot of things to improve for tomorrow but I’m pretty sure the boys will be on it.”