Preparations ahead the 2021 WorldSBK season continued for BMW with a three-day test at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto this week. 

Tom Sykes, Michael Van Der Mark and Jonas Folger all took part, with only Eugene Laverty not involved. 

The test began on Monday and concluded yesterday with all three riders involved, as extensive test programmes were carried out. 

A lot of BMW's programme involved working on the chassis, testing updates to the engine, and also to the electronics as BMW introduce their new M 1000 RR package for this year. 

Van Der Mark and Folger both make the switch from Yamaha to BMW for the 2021 campaign, while Sykes remains with the team for a second season. 

Like Laverty, Folger will be competing for one of BMW's two new satellite teams this season. The former MotoGP rider will be riding for the Bonovo MGM Racing outfit. 

Speaking after the test, Team Principal Shaun Muir said: "I’m very pleased for Michael and for Tom, they’ve worked together and very hard, and it seems like a very good pairing of teammates.

"My guys and the team have worked very hard too, as have the BMW engineers. I’m very happy with the addition of new personnel within the team as well as a new structure. I hope this allows us to progress and move closer to the front.

"We leave Jerez in a very positive attitude, all the guys in the team can have a couple of days rest and then we will head to the Barcelona test, where we will compare our overall pace and lap times again.

"It is clear that we are in a good area and we are happy to complete the test and move forward."

 

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