Endurance racing is a team effort, where every member contributes to the success.
Kenny Foray has been part of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family for many years and is a real endurance expert. He has been contesting endurance races since 2008, and he won the FIM Endurance World Championship title in 2014. Since 2016, Foray has contested the FIM EWC with BMW teams – and also enjoys success with the BMW S 1000 RR in the French Superbike Championship (FSBK), in which he was crowned champion in 2017. Fora finished in second place in the FSBK championship standings in 2016 and 2018.
Ilya Mikhalchik claimed the championship title in the International German Championship (IDM) at the first time of asking in his maiden season for BMW in 2018 – riding for Werner Daemen’s team. In the current season, he successfully defended his title with races to spare and was crowned IDM champion for the second consecutive time at the penultimate round of the 2019 season. Mikhalchik made his debut in the FIM EWC in April of this year, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“We will face many challenges. It is all new to us. It will certainly also be a challenge for BMW and the new BMW S 1000 RR. We have pretty much been working around the clock in recent weeks to get everything ready in time. We still have little experience with this bike, and have yet to see how we will fare compared to the opposition. However, I am confident that we will do well.”
Born in Trostberg (Germany) in 1994, Reiterberger won the Yamaha R6-Dunlop Cup in 2010 and then competed in STK1000 and the Superbike IDM championship. He also had a Moto2™ appearance at the Sachsenring circuit in 2012, before winning the Superbike IDM title for the first time in 2013 and the second time in 2015.
That year he also participated in four WorldSBK races scoring 6 points and winning a place on the grid of 2016 with Althea BMW Racing. After a promising start with a fourth place in Malaysia and a fifth in Thailand, his progression was interrupted by the serious injury he suffered at Misano, which meant he wasn’t fully fit for three months. In 2017 he rejoined the Althea team, but then decided to stop and take a break from racing to fully recover from the injury suffered back in 2016.
Reiterberger got back at his full strength in 2018 in the FIM European Superstock 1000 and he was able to secure the title with the BWM machine of Alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW thanks to four victories and two third places.
Taking with him his experience with the S1000 RR, Reiterberger is ready for the new challenge with the new full factory BMW S 1000 RR.