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SBK, BMW: it's time for answers. Who will be Toprak's teammate? And what about Bonovo?

THE SITUATION - Bongers assures that "by the end of June all decisions will be made." Van der Mark and Gerloff's contracts are expiring while Redding has an option. Then there is the Bonovo satellite team issue with Puccetti in the background.

SBK: BMW: it's time for answers. Who will be Toprak's teammate? And what about Bonovo?

It promises to be an incandescent three weeks at BMW because it is already time to plot the road to 2025. To date the only certainty for the Munich-based manufacturer is Toprak Razgatlioglu, who in addition to making all the difference riding the M 1000 RR enjoys a contract with the brand until the end of next year.

On the subject of rider talk, Scott Redding has an option to be exercised for next season as well while Michael van der Mark's and Garrett Gerloff's expire at the end of the year. The priority choice at BMW is therefore to figure out who will join the Turkish rider in the factory team next season. In this early part of the season, the Dutchman has shown consistency, staying almost always in the top ten with the exception of the Superpole Race at Phillip Island. Moreover, an atmosphere of balance and harmony reigns inside the box with Toprak.

It's a different matter instead, on the results front, for the American, who has finished in the top-10 in only three of the nine races held to date. Certainly BMW expected something more from him, although it must be said that the season is just beginning and there is still time to reverse the trend. A choice will have to be made, however, and among the riders attracting the interest of the Munich-based manufacturer there appears to be Andrea Iannone, protagonist of a surprising start to the season with Go Eleven after four years of absence from racing.

Regarding the subject of riders Bongers has already set a deadline: "By the end of June we will make our decisions and then they will be communicated." Clear and transparent words those of the BMW boss, who among many issues will also have to evaluate that of the satellite team. As reported by our colleagues at Speedweek, at the moment Bonovo seems dissatisfied with the treatment received from BMW so much so that it has already threatened the manufacturer to consider alternative ways.

Should BMW lose the structure under Jurgen Roder, Marc Bongers will have to go in search of a new satellite team. Among the possible avenues is one that leads to Manuel Puccetti, who will first have to talk to Kawasaki in the coming weeks to understand what the manufacturer intends to do after the birth of the new Bimota project. Not only that, Manuel will also have to understand the evolution of the QJ project, which as we all know he is supporting this year in Supersport.

Already last year there were talks between BMW and the Emilian manager, but the latter decided to continue with the Japanese bike, avoiding any major upheavals. Puccetti's priority is to understand what kind of support he will have next year from Kawasaki, talk then with QJ, afterwards he will consider what to do.

So it promises to be a red-hot month of June with the rider market likely to receive some major shake-ups.


Translated by Julian Thomas

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