German rider Julian Puffe will be member of the squad of the first “proper” BMW factory team in the FIM Endurance World Championship in years. Currently holding on to second in the German Superbike Championship (IDM), Puffe – who won last year’s Bol d’Or on the GERT56 Stock BMW – will share the new factory bike with Ilya Mikhalchik (IDM Superbike Champion 2018 and 2019) and Kenny Foray – who does not need any introduction in the Endurance scene.
Last week saw the team testing at the official Pre-Bol essais. Speaking to EWC-Mag.com at the IDM round in Assen, Puffe revealed the bike would be on a good level already but far off the sprint race spec he is used to.
“I did not feel as comfortable on the EWC bike as on my IDM one, as it obviously is a completely different affair, a sprint race bike and a Endurance one”, he told EWC-Mag.com. „But it is no sweat as I think with a couple more laps on the EWC Double-R, the feeling will come and we know this bike has a huge potential.“
“We have a lot of work to do but even though we proved to be amongst the quickest already. It is just about getting a better feel for the bike to run a higher pace.”
For Puffe, the Bol d’Or will be a race to re-group himself, as lately in IDM luck was not on his side with four crashes in three meetings. “I’ve not crashed that often my whole career long,” Puffe said.