Laverty, Folger confirmed with satellite BMW WorldSBK teams for 2021

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Eugene Laverty (see this morning’s earlier story) and Jonas Folger have this morning been confirmed in new BMW satellite teams for next year’s WorldSBK series.

The Irishman will combine his race role with one of factory test rider, his RC Squadra Corse team is headed by Roberto Colombo, formerly running MV Agusta.

“It’s great to finally be able to announce my plans for next season. Continuity is key if you want to succeed at world level nowadays and so a second year with BMW will definitely bring us forward,” Laverty told bikesportnews.com.

“Thank you to BMW Motorrad and RC Squadra Corse for the opportunity to build on what we learnt during 2020 and my goal is to bring them to the top step in 2021.”

Bonovo Action will continue their successful cooperation with German ex-MotoGP star Folger as they switch away from Yamaha machinery.

“Cooperation with satellite teams represents another important step for our involvement in the FIM Superbike World Championship,” said Markus Schramm, Director of BMW Motorrad.

“It is great to have two more BMW M 1000 RRs in the field alongside the two motorbikes from our works teams, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team with riders Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the two satellite teams in our WorldSBK project.

“The Bonovo Action team with Jonas Folger is the first German team to register to compete in the WorldSBK with a Bavarian rider on a Bavarian motorbike. That is a special combination.

“I am also delighted that Eugene Laverty will remain an integral member of our BMW family, applying his talents and his knowledge of BMW superbikes in our satellite team RC Squadra Corse, newly formed but already well known in the World Superbike paddock. I hope that they will all enjoy a successful 2021 WorldSBK season.”