The newly crowned 2011 Canadian Superbike Champion (CSBK), Brett McCormick, will be racing in the final two rounds of the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship for the Garnier Alpha Racing Team aboard a BMW S1000RR. The 10-round championship series uses machinery and rules similar to the CSBK that McCormick is familiar with and competes at all the European rounds of the FIM World Superbike Championship. The final two rounds will be held at Magny-Cours in France on October 2 and then the finale will be at the very popular Portimao round in Portugal on October 16.
This opportunity for McCormick is a direct result of the close partnership between BMW Motorrad Canada and the BMW Motorrad Motorsports division in Germany. Together with their racing partner, Alpha Racing, McCormick had been on their radar this year as an up-and-coming talent to watch. Based on the dominating performance McCormick compiled in the 2011 Canadian Superbike Championship, this opportunity quickly became a reality once the first Superbike Championship for BMW in Canada was secured at round six on August 20 at Mosport International Raceway.
Last December when the announcement was first made of McCormick returning to Canada to join the radX/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team, one of the biggest reasons to sign with BMW was because of the global reach this brand has at promoting the career of a young superbike rider. Another reason was the solid team that was compiled in Canada to support the riders that included long time superbike technician, Patrice Goyette. As part of this opportunity, McCormick will be bringing Goyette as his crew chief for the two races in Europe. The two formed a solid relationship this season in Canada that will only make this opportunity for McCormick that much easier.
Goyette has two years of experience working with the BMW S1000RR on the radX Team so this knowledge will be a valuable asset in preparing the bike for McCormick to ride in this highly competitive series.
Norm Wells, Director of BMW Motorrad Canada explained, “When Brett signed with our radX/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team, we had planned at that moment that we would do everything possible from our side to get him an opportunity to showcase his talent on the world stage. We were confident that we could make this happen if Brett won the Canadian Superbike Championship this year.” Wells continued to say, “We are proud to be the brand that has given Brett this wonderful opportunity and wish him success in Europe.”
Some of the dominating performances that McCormick achieved on route to claiming his first superbike crown during the 2011 Canadian Superbike Championship were:
- Six straight victories to claim the 2011 CSBK Championship
- Round #1 – Circuit Icar – Pole position, Led every lap, Track record, Margin of victory +10 seconds
- Round #2 – Shannonville Motorsport Park – Pole position, Led every lap, Margin of victory +20 seconds
- Round #5 – Atlantic Motorsport Park – After a big practice crash forces McCormick to use back-up bike, led every lap and wins 5th straight race
- Round #6 – Mosport International Raceway – Pole position, Track record, Passes former champ Jordan Szoke on last lap in final corner to win the race and claim the 2011 CSBK Championship
An enthusiastic McCormick said, “Of course, I’m super pumped with this great opportunity! After such an awesome year at home on the BMW S1000RR, it’ll be great to hopefully show what we can do at the world level. It’s been my dream to race in the world championships, and I have to thank Norm Wells and everyone at BMW for this opportunity.”