HP2 and BMW Motorrad back for Motorsport Action in 2006

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ - March 17, 2006... Following a superb debut season of competition during 2005, BMW Motorrad’s motorsport team plans to race the HP2 Enduro at a wide range of international off-road events in Europe and the United States throughout 2006. Under the experienced management of team boss, Berti Hauser, the 2006 line-up has been confirmed and includes Christian Pfeiffer, Simo Kirssi and Jimmy Lewis – all of whom have raced the HP2 Enduro before and are hoping to build on a fantastic debut year with BMW.

2005 had been designated a learning year for this ground-breaking motorcycle, but even before the market launch of the HP2 Enduro had taken place, it was being tested and raced in extreme conditions alongside the best off-road riders in the world in events such as the German Cross Country Series (GCC) as well as several heats of the Austrian (ACC) and Italian (ICC) Cross Country championships. The legendary Erzberg Rodeo was also contested, as was the Whitsuntide 24-hour race held at Neiden, Torgau. Overseas events also included the Baja 1000, Baja 500 and Vegas-to-Reno races.

For 2006, BMW Motorrad’s HP2 development programme continues and off-road enthusiasts will not be disappointed with a race calendar that runs from early March until mid-November and includes the following events:

Date / Event
March 4
Snow Speedhill sprint, Götschen
April 15-16
ICC, Malandrone
April 22-23
ACC, Reisersberg
April 29-30
GCC, Tollwitz
May 13-14
ACC, Tirol
May 20-21
GCC, Walldorf
May 26-28
Erzberg, Austria
June 3-4
Endurance day, 24-hour
June 4
Baja 500
June 17-18
GCC, Höchstädt
June 17-18
Obersaxen Hillclimb, Switzerland
June 30-July 2
Pikes Peak, USA
July 1-2
GCC, Mernes
July 7-9
International BMW Biker Meeting, Garmisch
July 22-23
GCC, Goldbach
August 24-26
ACC Waldviertel
September 2-3
ICC, Cassale Monferrato
September 9-10
GCC, Mühlhausen
September 16-17
ACC final, Mattighofen
September 23-24
GCC final, Eckolstädt
7-8 October
ECC final, Schefflenz
15-17 November
Baja 1000

BMW Motorrad’s trio of riders include a wealth of experience in many areas of motorsport. The youngest is 26-year-old ‘flying Finn’ Simo Kirssi, who won the German and European Cross Country Championships in 2004 as well as beating over 1,000 participants to win last year’s Austrian Erzberg race in a record-breaking time of 09:02.67 seconds on the HP2 Enduro.

He will be joined by 35-year-old Christian Pfeiffer, who has recently returned from Florida after winning the world-famous Stuntwars competition on an F 800 S. Last year, against all odds (and single-cylinder machines) he rode the HP2 Enduro to an amazing third place at the European Hillclimbing Championships in Switzerland.

Completing the team line-up is 37-year-old Californian, Jimmy Lewis, who was part of the BMW factory team that contested the Paris-Dakar and Cairo-Dakar rallies, where he finished fourth and third respectively on the factory R 900 RR. Jimmy will be competing in the Baja 500 and 1000 and Pikes Peak races.