It’s been seven years since I’ve hopped across the pond to ride motorcycles, and in those seven years a lot has changed. Getting the call to take part in the 2020 BMW S 1000 RR media launch for Inside Motorcycles was an honour, and an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. Seven years ago I headed over to start what I hoped was a long career in World Superbike, and now I headed over to start what I’m hoping is a long career in journalism and test riding! The trip was really successful and I’m looking forward to sharing the full bike review with everyone in the next issue of Inside Motorcycles.
This photo gallery will serve as a little bit of a teaser for the upcoming article and hopefully give everybody the itch to hear more details about the new BMW. The weather cooperated for our group in Portugal and the venue didn’t disappoint. Estoril is just outside of Lisbon in Portugal, and a little bit of a hidden gem these days. MotoGP hasn’t used the track in their schedule for quite a while, but there were some epic races there back in the early 2000s. The circuit has a little bit of everything going on with slow corners, fast corners and a long start straight. The combination of corners at Estoril make it an ideal candidate to do a bike review and the consistent weather in Portugal never hurts. The sun was shining all day for us during the testing, making for some epic photos and ideal conditions to push the limits of the new BMW.
BMW had quite a few members from the new S 1000 RR’s development team on hand, from Head of Design to Electronics Engineers, so it was really informative to chat with them about everything new. Being a Mechanical Engineer I was in heaven around the new bike and all of the interactive displays showing off the new technology. I didn’t hesitate to interact with the staff they had on site to hopefully shed light on some of the finer details of the new bike with everyone. The new bike was impressive in a lot of aspects, and didn’t do too many things I wasn’t a fan of. It’s awesome to see such a high level of motorcycle coming in stock trim. I can’t wait to finish the review of the bike and share that experience with everyone in the article!
All photos courtesy of BMW Motorrad Canada
Thursday, 14 March 2019 19:19 Published in News
Leamington’s Brodie Buchan continued his recent form with success at the 61st annual George Pepper Classic at the Belleville, ON. half mile Flat Track Canada National on Saturday night, August 13. Aboard the Kurt Biegger Racing Honda single, Buchan earned his third Feature victory in the fifth round of the nine race Parts Canada-backed National Tour.
The final race was initially headed by fast starting Kawasaki racer Dave Pouliot of Quebec City, but unfortunately two incidents caused a red flag and spoiled Pouliot’s lightning get away.
At the restart, Buchan took control to dominate, just as he did a week earlier at Flamboro, ON. Second overall was a ware between Tyler Seguin of Welland, ON, aboard a George Evans tuned Honda and rookie Pro Justin Brown on a Yamaha.
At the finish, Seguin took the runner-up honors while 15-year-old Brown earned his second straight Podium placing with third.
DTX Intermediate points leader Jimmy McCullough of Paris, ON., won that race on his Honda, and earned the “Inside Motorcycles” hard charger award for run from fifth to first, late in the race.
Attracting plenty of attention was 2011 Mopar CSBK National Superbike Champion Brett McCormick of Saskatoon, SK, in his first-ever career Flat Track aboard a spare Beattie Honda prepared by KBR. Last year, McCormick qualified for a National Motocross event in the Feature class aboard a Kawasaki, and is trying a variety of motorcycle competition disciplines.
McCormick has been practicing on Tuesday nights at the tight Paris venue, and was moving to a big track, first race and first National, with considerable interest.
In his first Intermediate heat, McCormick ran in second spot early and was in third place when he brushed the wall exiting the second turn. McCormick jammed his foot against the fence, and was forced to pull in for medical attention.
Taken to Hospital by fellow former Superbike National Champ Jodi Christie, McCormick returned to the track on crutches with a bandage on his right foot for broken toes. A hospital visit in Toronto will determine if he needs surgery.
“It was going well, it was fun, I only got about ten laps, and I’d be a lot happier if I got to ride the whole night - now I’m a little sour,” admitted McCormick.
“It wasn’t a ride over your head mistake, but it was a lack of experience, I guess. I have people to thank - Doug Beattie made yesterday happen, and Aaron (Flat Track Canada boss Hesmer) gave me an avenue to try something new, make that happen.”
The next round of the Flat Track Canada Nationals is scheduled for the Western Fair District in London, ON, on August 26. An Ontario Regional race takes place at the short Shannonville venue, next door to the famed road course, this afternoon.
Sunday, 13 August 2017 13:22 Published in News
2011 Mopar CSBK Canadian National Superbike Champion Brett McCormick of Saskatoon, SK, rode on a road race track for the first time in almost four years at Le Circuit Mount Tremblant in Quebec this week. A guest of Marc-Olivier Labelle’s Tremblant Superbike Track Day group, McCormick took part in three days of on-track activity at the famed and fast 4.26 km, 15 turn facility.
25-year-old McCormick used a Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja supplied by Ross Millson Racing, and tuned at Tremblant by Scott Cameron. The BMW Motorrad Canada squad that took McCormick to the National title five years ago included Cameron among the crew. The following year, McCormick went to Europe to ride World Superbike in 2012 for the Czech-based Effenbert Liberty Ducati team.
McCormick’s final race in 2012 was at the penultimate World Round at Portimao, Portugal, where he earned a close fifth in the wet opener and ninth in dry race two. After that, the squad folded, and McCormick opted to head home to study Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.
Now entering his fourth year of post-secondary education, closing in on his degree, McCormick attended the most recent Mopar CSBK National event August 21 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, and wanted to get back on a Superbike.
Support for the Tremblant trip came from Tremblant SBK, Ross Millson Racing, SC Motosport, Pro 6 and Shoei.
“There were two main goals with the trip,” explained McCormick following his last afternoon session on Wednesday, September 7. “One was to see if riding a fast bike on a fast track would still put a smile on my face, and two, to see if I still had a feel for the riding and tuning of a modern superbike.
“When I left the pit lane for the first time, I really felt like an alien, it took me a few laps to cruise around and get comfortable, finally get my knee on the ground after about three laps,” admitted McCormick. “But it was cool how quick it all came back.
“I have never had any trouble going from bike to bike, getting use to the handling and power delivery, then working to get the most from it,” continued McCormick. “I was impressed with the Kawasaki, sure it wasn’t a World Superbike, but it was fast and worked really well without much adjustment. Day one we were on a used front Dunlop slick and a new rear we put 40 laps on, and just trying to get comfortable. After that, we started to work through things, and it didn’t take much to get the chassis feel I prefer. Scott has worked with me before and we can get a lot done together.
“It was nice to remember the direction to go to get things working, and get the process going to make changes and evaluate them quickly. I was really happy with how much my feel came back, starting with the front end and then we got the rear working and could try some new tires and really have some fun.”
No official lap times were recorded, but observers say that McCormick was on the national Pro pace by mid-afternoon of his third day, when the pair opted to stop early and pack up.
McCormick now heads home for university, and is considering a return to Pro national-level road racing activity for the 2017 season.
Thursday, 08 September 2016 08:49 Published in News
The eni Superbike World Championship heads for round 13 at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal this weekend, and Canadian ace Brett McCormick is ready get back on his Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:46 Published in News
Sunday, 05 August 2012 10:09 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Brett McCormick celebrated his first day back in eni Superbike World Championship action at Silverstone, United Kingdom, by taking a rare night out during a race weekend. Along with family and friends, McCormick took the train northwest to Coventry to watch the quarter-final match in Women’s Olympic Football, with the favoured home squad facing the strong Canadian National soccer team.
Saturday, 04 August 2012 09:31 Published in News