BMW’s works WorldSBK team will remain limited by their lack of top-end speed at the Thailand round as engines have not returned to the German HQ for further development.
However, Tom Sykes is hopeful the S1000RR’s agility will make up for the deficit in the more twisty second half of the Chang circuit.
“My main focus this weekend is still to continue the development of the new BMW S1000RR, I’m feeling really confident in some ways but given our experience in the race at Phillip Island one of my only concerns is in the two long straights with the speed deficit we have,” said Sykes.
“However, the chassis is really good and is capable of taking on the rest of the field. I am looking forward to starting the race weekend and hope that we can continue the good progress made from winter test period.”
Technical chief Marc Bongers revealed some upgrades have been shipped to Thailand but they are more concerned with dealing with the expected 40° temperatures.
“Due to the short time between the two race weekends the fact that the material has not returned to the team headquarters between Australia and Thailand, we will only bring certain technical updates,” he said.
“These are aimed primarily at the reliability for the upcoming heat battle. We look forward to the next event where the atmosphere is always great, and we will be able to gather more important experience there on the way forward.”