Firstly, welcome! This is our ninth edition of Performance and we’ve once again been busy gathering stories from across the globe for another mixed and hopefully entertaining issue to read...
The beginning of 2016 has proven to be a busy start of the year. Fast approaching the halfway point, we are currently bringing all the knowledge we have amassed to sum up our 40 years of history. Yes, 2016 is a celebration year for Öhlins Racing as 40 years ago Kenth Öhlin built the first motocross shock absorbers which started the story for this unique company.
On two wheels the year has begun very well for us. All the top teams in MotoGP run on Öhlins, backed up by our new service trailers. If you are attending a MotoGP event make sure to look out for these signature trailers, you can’t miss them! We continue to support and have success with teams and riders from MotoGP, World Superbike and National race classes from youngsters to pros such as Rossi, Marquez and Lorenzo. On four wheels we have seen another marque making their entrance into WTCC with the Volvo S60 Polestar from Cyan Racing, another car running on Öhlins renowned suspension.
The reigning champion José María López is leading after four races using our renowned TTX shock absorbers. Plus the all new BMW M6 GT3 has also had an impressive start in the VLN series.
So to this edition of Performance… we have again tried to show the diversity of our world with features on the young Speedway sensation Tai Woffinden and at the other end of the age scale, seventy-seven years young (!) Adventurer Bernhard Kessel, racing his Porsche through the heat of the Safari Rally. Customiser extraordinaire Roland Sands tells us about his projects whilst British Superbike Champ ‘Shakey’ Byrne shows us his other ride, a one-off Harley-Davidson. We take to the trail with a top mountainbike racer and our new range of kit whilst Evo Magazine puts a BMW M3 through its paces. Yes all totally different but with one uniting factor – the chosen suspension!
We hope you enjoy the read and please let us know ‘your story’!
Team Leader Marketing Communication