- Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz in the 2019 WSBK season!

WSBK: Bonovo Action BMW Racing Team Announce their 2022 lineup

The BMW family keeps growing in the World Superbike class as Bonovo Action BMW Racing have two riders for 2022

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The first rider is Loris Baz, who will return to the World Superbike stage after a year in MotoAmerica with Ducati.

The Frenchman replaced the injured Chaz Davies for GoEleven Ducati at the Portuguese and Spanish round of World Superbikes this year.

Baz impressed everyone in the paddock which led to BMW offering him a ride in 2022 which will have factory backing and will be the same spec bike as the BMW Motorrad Team.

The 28 year old said: “I’m really happy to be back in WorldSBK, so I want to thank BMW and the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team for giving me this opportunity. I think that I have shown during the two rounds in Spain and Portugal that I have the pace to fight at the front in this Championship. BMW is the brand that grew the most in the second part of the season; I have closely watched how the bike was improving. I have been racing with BMW before, so I know a lot of people there and also, I have been competing with MGM Racing for one race back in 2012. I’m really happy and really excited about this opportunity and I’m looking forward to trying the bike and to starting to work together with the team and BMW.”

The second rider is Eugene Laverty who rode for BMW in 2020 and parts of the 2021 season.

The Irishman will also be on a factory spec BMW for the 2022 season, this shows the amount of effort BMW are putting into WorldSBK.

The 35 year old has had five top ten finishes in WSBK this season, which is good because he has only raced 19 times and he has rode 11 of those races for the RC Squadra Corse BMW Team.

Laverty had this to say: “I’m very happy to continue with BMW Motorrad and join the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team for the 2022 World Superbike season. It’s fantastic to remain in the BMW WorldSBK family. The past six months have been tough for me as a rider, so I’m very grateful for the continued support and belief from everyone involved in this project. I’m very motivated to repay that faith in my abilities and I feel confident that following a solid winter testing campaign we can arrive ready and competitive at round one.”

Michael Galinski, team manager for the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team, said: “We’re pleased to be able to take this step together with Jürgen Röder, team owner, and are very proud of our two riders. In Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz, we have two excellent riders. Loris has started in many classes, such as MotoG and WorldSBK, on many different manufacturers’ bikes, including BMW and Yamaha. He recently showed what he is capable of at the race in Portugal: two third places as a reserve rider are no mean feat. We are very pleased to have him on board. Eugene has been slightly below par this year, as he was unable to ride for a long time. He is a great development rider and will help us to develop the bike together with BMW. All in all, we are now on equal footing with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. They also have two tall riders on the bike, in Michael van der Mark and Scott Redding. Loris, as the third tall guy, will be able to contribute to the development in this regard. Eugene is not quite as tall, but nevertheless we are all moving in the same direction together. We are looking forward to the coming season!”

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