After much speculation, BMW have announced plans to race in WSB in 2009 with the newly announced S1000RR.
BMW seem to have finally come come up with a superbike that looks remarkably similar to the current crop of Japanese offerings.
After decades of alternative and often experimental designs, BMW have decided on an inline four with telescopic forks for WSB.
Shown for the first time at Intermot, is the race version (pictured left), which will be piloted by Ruben Xaus & Troy Corser in the 2009 WSB series.
If Ruben can stay on the bike long enough without crashing, is a question that nobody was prepared to answer...
Troy Corser on the other hand, is one of the world's best development riders, and is therefore a very strategic signing by the BMW factory. Hopefully the BMW is not as difficult to develop as the ill fated Petronas, which even Corser could not win a race on.
At present the road going model is expected to be available around April 2009, no price, or horsepower information is yet available.