With giving him the opportunity to race in the Superbike World Championship, BMW Motorrad thanks Barrier for the strong performances he showed in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, especially for the two titles he has won in the past and the current season. At Jerez, the factory team will enter a third RR in 2013 WSBK spec for the youngster from Oyonnax. His crew will be the same as in the Superstock class with additional support by BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport.
"This is really great news, I am so excited that BMW has given me the chance to debut in World Superbike", said an enthusiastic Sylvain Barrier. "This is the perfect present for my 25th birthday, which I will celebrate on Sunday at Jerez. The years with the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team have been amazing, and for sure, this will be another highlight. It has always been my target to race in the Superbike World Championship and I want to thank BMW for making this reality. I will give my very best to pay BMW back for this great opportunity. I cannot wait to go to Jerez and to jump on the RR!"
Markus Reiterberger will take Barrier's place for the BMW Motorrad GoldBet Team at Jerez in STK1000. The 19 year old German is the man of the year in the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM). In only his first full season in the series, he celebrated an early title win. In addition, he started as a wildcard entry at the German round of the Superbike World Championship at Nürburgring, scoring points in both races. Reiterberger also has a wealth of experience of riding with BMW in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, racing a S1000RR in the series in 2011 and 2012.