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Penz 13.Com BMW Gearing Up For TT 2016

Penz BMW go into TT 2016, confident of many a world class result, having enjoyed a productive Vauxhall International North West 200.

Although he was a non finisher in the opening superstock and superbike races, Gary Johnson was happy with the performance of the Penz BMW’s.

Commenting on action around the Triangle and the upcoming TT 2016, Gary said:

“North West has been overall a good, positive test for the TT race meeting. We took off with the superbike on Tuesday and after just one lap the battery exploded and we were not able to continue with the practice.

That left us a little bit short on laps. On the Superstock was decent, we just lacked a bit in set up. It was also all about choosing the correct tire as we never had such a kind of conditions here.

We also had some things to solve on the Superstock bike with some new electronics and the ride-by-wire, so we worked on that and on some of the electronic parts of the bike.

All in all we found a great bunch of solutions which I am looking forward to test at the TT which is only round the corner now.”

Team mate Danny Webb, in his maiden North West 200 outing with Rico Penzkofer’s team, clinched a more than creditable 13th place finish in the opening superstock race.

Speaking about his first competition on BMW Motorrad machinery on the roads, Danny said:

“My first North West 200 went pretty well for me, with every session I was getting faster and faster and faster.

I got more and more confidence in the bike and the team, to get prepared for the Isle of Man, which is our main target.

The team was mega in helping me setup wise but also for getting quick on the roads. I am now looking more than forward to the TT and I hope to get some decent results there.”

Alex Polita all set to soon make his pure road racing debut, at TT 2016 with Penz BMW, added:

“I am more than pleased to fulfil my dream of taking part at the TT races and then with such a high profile team as BMW Motorrad Racing.

I just want to thank Rico and his team for trusting me and helping me to take part at this huge event.

I also thank everyone who supports me on my way to there, especially my girlfriend Eva for tolerating my will to take part at the Isle of Man, as well as all my supporters, friends, sponsors and my manager. I am so looking forward to ride the BMW S1000 RR on the Mountain Course for the first time. Thanks everyone, never give up!”


Photo by Stephen Davison

Penz BMW Team Principal, Rico Penzkofer, is hugely looking forward to the 2016 TT Races. Germany’s fastest Mountain Course competitor, said:

“Excitement already has started, the TT is around the corner. We are having a high profile entry at this year’s road races again.

Gary Johnson has two TT-wins under his belt, four further podiums. He is roaring to get that first big-bike-one which he was denied to out of his control factors in the last years.

Gary already joined the team for last year’s Macau Grand Prix and has a very professional approach to racing. Even when we tested at Most he didn’t want to chase the times of the others, he was using the TT gearing to really get comfortable on his BMW S 1000 RR.

He proved at the North West 200 he is up at the sharp end, even though we had to sort some problems for now. But that is why most of us are taking part at the NW200: To get some childhood aliments sorted and getting prepared for the TT.

It wasn’t a bad week at Northern Ireland at all in terms of TT preparation, pure speed and earning confidence on the bikes.

Danny Webb is new to our team but a high profile racer. He’s got experience in 125cc and Moto3 GP categories as well as in the FIM World Supersport Championship.

Danny debuted at the TT in 2014 and got some impressive laps in there already. He joined us for this year’s pre-season tests and his approach to motorbike racing, riding and the technical part of setting the machinery up stands for himself and explains why a manufacturer in the FIM Moto3™ World Championship relies on his abilities as a development rider.

Danny is also very smart and takes the roads with the respect you need for that kind of racing. I was impressed by his speed at the North West 200 and the improvement he was able to do in his first year at the Triangle.

I am also happy to announce the arrival of Alessandro Polita to our Road Racing efforts for this year.

Alex already joined our team during the 24heures du Moto at Le Mans for the season opener of the FIM World Endurance Championship as reserve rider and got to grips with our BMWs there.

It was a last minute thing to have him on board and we are happy to help him with his first TT impressions.Of course the North West 200 itself came to a premature end which we all don’t want to see.

Our team just knows how hard it can be and we are sad to having say Goodbye to Malachi Mitchell Thomas. Our thoughts are with his team, friends, family and everyone in the paddock.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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