After that, they mounted their BMW S1000RR bikes and headed off to Cortina d’Ampezzo. The route took them along the Adriatic coast, via Venice and past the “Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane”.
In Cortina d’Ampezzo, where the 1956 Winter Olympic Games were held, Machata and Bredau visited the historic Olympic bob run. They then introduced the BMW S1000RR bikes to the ice channel.
“It was great fun,” said Machata. “As competitive athletes it was very interesting for us to gain an insight into the everyday goings on in a team like BMW Motorrad Motorsport in the Superbike World Championship. And it was sensational to meet Troy and Leon. They are two great guys, and we hit it off immediately. We had a really good chat, and it was also great to see how interested they were in our sport – after all, we do something completely different to them. One thing we do have in common, however, is that we live for adrenalin and are always prepared to push ourselves to the limit.”
The pair then returned to Munich via Innsbruck, Seefeld in Tirol, Mittenwald and Lake Starnberg, where they were able to test the BMW S1000RR under every weather condition.
“The bike’s handling is super. You can really throw it into the bends on the mountain passes,” reported Machata. “The bike is light and the engine has enormous power. The riding position is also excellent: it was even perfect for a somewhat larger rider like me. We were also able to test the rain functions and I have to say the driver aids, such as the ABS, really made life easier for non-professionals like us. To sum it up: we had a great time on the bikes!”