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BMW Motorrad will make its return to the World Superbike Championship in 2019 with Shaun Muir Racing. EICMA Show in Milan hosted the official Team presentation, with two hot riders, former World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes and the 2018 European Superstock 1000 Champion Markus Reiterberger. 

The English squad has already worked with the German brand in 2016, switching then to Aprilia; after a complete line-up change and bidding farewell to both Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori, Muir joined the BMW project as the Bavarian factory assures SMR full technical and development support.

With the WSBK Championship starting February 23 in Australia, Sykes and Reiterberger will only get the opportunity to test their bikes from January. Sykes is very confident though, choosing BMW after 9 seasons with Kawasaki; the Huddersfield rider points out that the factory bikes’ performance is now closely linked to the ones of road bikes. From this point of view, the new S1000RR looks perfect on the card.

A new engine, a new frame, new suspensions and a new look: there has been a lot going on behind the scenes in the BMW factory.

First of all, this in-line 4 cylinders engine delivers 207 hp (at 13.500 RPM), 8 more than the previous model, it will be also equipped with the new ShiftCam technology.

There is a consistent total weight reduction, with 4kg off the engine alone, reducing it from 208kg to 197kg.

The frame, a new project called FlexFrame, is lighter too.

The 2019 S1000RR comes with ABS, Dynamic Traction Control, Anti-Wheelie, Launch Control and Pit-lane Speed Limiter.

Lines are very different from what we were used to seeing on a S1000RR, which now loses its characteristic asymmetrical headlamps.

The new S1000RR could run one second faster on every track than the previous model, says Claudio De Martino, BMW Motorrad Team Technology Leader.

Will the new BMW be the bike to beat in 2019?