A Preston motorcycle dealership has donated a 1200cc boxer engine to test motorsport students technical skills on real life engineering.
Bowker Motorrad on the docks in Preston sourced the engine from a 2014 water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS. The engine that powered the R 1200 GS model to its iconic status and made it a group leading motorcycle.
Belinda Oldham, head of motorsport at Myerscough said: “Our partnerships with local businesses are very important to us. And this donation by Bowker Motorrad is a wonderful example. Our students enjoy the very best of theoretical and practical training. But nothing can compare with getting your hands on the real thing.”
“We’re building a strong reputation with our motorsport courses. It’s the perfect first step to an exciting career for our students. And the partnerships help us make the course experience even better.”
Myerscough took their first cohort of motorcycle students into the new purpose built Motorsports Centre last year. The current group began a City & Guilds Level 2 study programme in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Principles. From September, the course will run at both Level 2 as well as a Level 3 diploma.
The course is designed to give students skills and knowledge in diagnosing and repairing any type of motorcycles in a safe manner including competition motorcycles.
Myerscough has tailored the course to incorporate motorsport activities and resources to provide progression into the motorsports industry.
Mark Cottom, Bowker’s Group eCommerce and motorcycle marketing manager said:
“Throughout the Bowker Motor Group our relationships with local colleges are very important to us. The engine we donated will show students some of the latest performance engineering technology. And a deeper understanding can only help any ambitious young motorsport engineer.”
A couple of months ago, Bowker Motorrad confirmed its first-ever partnership with a British Superbike Championship racing team. Bowker Motorrad will partner with PR Racing for the 2017 season. The Motorrad deal comes as PR Racing unveiled their riders for the season which begins on the 31st March 2017 at Donington Park.
Former World Superbike rider Jakub ‘Kuba’ Smrz joins PR Racing to contend the British Superbike Championship. Kuba’s younger brother, Matej will spearhead the team’s return to the National Superstock 1000cc class. It’s the first time they’ve ridden in the same team for over 10 years.