‘Power is still an issue’ admits BMW WorldSBK boss Bongers

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BMW WorldSBK technical chief Marc Bongers has admitted that power or a lack of it was still a problem for the team at Phillip Island.

Tom Sykes started the first race and the sprint race from pole but was quickly swallowed up on the main straights but Bongers is hoping that setup changes will help at the next event, whenever that might be.

“Tom started the morning’s race from pole position. Here we could see that power is still an issue as we are still losing on the straight,” said Bongers.

“Sixth place however was not bad, especially only 1.6 seconds behind the top. The field is extremely close together this year. In race two, he unfortunately suffered a minor technical issue that forced him to quickly restart the bike.

“It seems however that in this race we could also not have maintained the pace in the final stages so we focus on the combination of riding style, chassis and tyre durability.

“You have to see though that Phillip Island is a challenge in this regard and this could improve at the next races.”