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BMW Superbike: New Team Structure

2011 World Superbike

In an effort to gain future success in the World Superbike Championship, BMW Motorrad Motorsports has been doing some restructuring up top.

In October, Bernhard Gobmeier was appointed BMW Motorrad Motorsports Director, and on Thursday three more key positions were filled.

Rainer Baumel (44), formerly the team’s Technical Director, is now Head of Race Operations, a newly created position.

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.

All three report directly to the BMW Motorrad director, Gobmeier.

Bernhard Gobmeier says: "In filling these three key positions we are concluding the restructuring of the team management."

"The new formation is leaner and the division of labor more clearly delineated. Rainer Bäumel 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 S 1000 RR."

"This brings with it a much closer interlocking with colleagues in series production development than was previously the case. 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 (AUS) and newcomer Leon Haslam (GBR).

The BMW Superbike team will then participate in the first official test of 2011 at Phillip Island on Feb. 21 and 22.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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