BMW Changes Superbike Team Structure for 2011
Now, three more key positions were filled. For example, Rainer Baumel (44), formerly the team's Technical Director, is now Head of Race Operations, a newly created position.
Furthermore, Stephan Fischer (43) becomes the new Head of Development for BMW Motorrad Motorsport, while Josef Hofmann (54) is appointed Managing Director of the Stephanskirchen factory.
"In filling these three key positions we are concluding the restructuring of the team management," explains BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier. "The new formation is leaner and the division of labour more clearly delineated. Rainer Baumel will now control trackside operations and take responsibility for the deployment of the race team, while Head of Development Stephan Fischer will be in charge of further development of the BMW S1000RR. “
“This brings with it a much closer interlocking with colleagues in series production development than was previously the case,” continued Gobmeier. “Josef Hofmann, as Managing Director of alpha Racing, will head up the factory in Stephanskirchen and take care of logistics, personnel and finance."
The BMW Motorrad team will travel to Australia in mid-January before some winter superbike testing with team riders Troy Corser and newcomer Leon Haslam. The two riders have already taken the S 1000 RR machine to the wind tunnel of the company’s aerodynamic department.
The BMW Superbike team will then participate in the first official test of 2011 at Phillip Island on February 21 and 22.