It seems like ancient history now, but the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship did get in the Australian Round before the globe shut down for COVID-19. The final World Superbike race in 2020 so far was on March 1, and the production-based superbikes have been quiet since. Now, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK is back on track, with Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty putting in laps at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in northeast Germany.Sykes and Laverty were aboard their factory BMW S 1000 RR superbikes at the circuit formerly known at Lausitzring. They are preparing for the return of the WorldSBK series in early August at Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto in Spain. The weather was conducive to testing, allowing the riders to shake off the cobwebs and get down to the business of preparing for the season’s restart.
“The test at the Lausitzring was the first time we had been back at the racetrack after the first round of the season in Australia,” Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team Shaun Muir explained, “as in between we had been in lockdown with the coronavirus restrictions. We had great days of testing, the weather has been kind to us with very good conditions, and we had the opportunity to test quite a lot of parts that we have been working on during the break. It has been very successful for both Tom and Eugene, and we feel confident now that a lot of effort that the guys have been putting in at the factory will pay off now. We can look forward to another two days of testing at Barcelona in the first week of July.”“After such a long period off the bike with this tricky moment in time,” Sykes said, “it is an absolute pleasure to be here at the Lausitzring and back testing with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. It is fair to say that while everybody was stuck at home, there has been a lot of work going on, certainly a lot of development, so this test has proved to be very vital. We certainly gathered a lot of information. It was good, and it’s a great feeling to be back on the BMW S 1000 RR. Now we all are looking forward to returning to racing shortly.”Laverty was also enthusiastic, saying, “We had a fantastic test at the Lausitzring. It was great to be back riding my BMW S 1000 RR after nearly four months off due to the pandemic, but I am still getting to know that bike. It’s only the fourth track that I rode it on, so it has been so beneficial to come here and ride it at the Lausitzring. We really benefitted from the track time in sunny conditions. Now we are ready to race again, and we will be back stronger than ever.”BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’s next test is in Barcelona on July 8 and 9.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.