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Munich, Germany, 12/09/2018, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy

Success and fighting spirit

A weekend with wins, podium finishes and drama

BMW racers have completed another successful weekend. They celebrated a top-three lock-out in the International German Championship (IDM) and a total of five podium finishes. It was decision time in the British Superbike Championship (BSB): Peter Hickman reached the best six riders’ Showdown. Meanwhile, Christian Iddon impressed with his fighting spirit. Two wins and five podiums were scored in the British Superbike Championship Superstock class (BSB STK).

Defending champion Carmelo Morales increased his lead in the Spanish Championship (RFME CEV) after his fourth win of the season. In addition, Travis Wyman raced onto the podium in the MotoAmerica (MA). You can find all results of the weekend in an overview below.

International German Championship at Assen, Netherlands

The famous TT Circuit at Assen in The Netherlands, hosted the penultimate round of the International German Championship 2018 (IDM). BMW racers recorded a top-three lock-out and a total of five podium finishes at the “Cathedral of Speed”. Championship leader Ilya Mikhalchik (alpha-Racing-Van-Zon-BMW) dominated race one. He claimed his eighth win of the season, finishing over nine seconds ahead of his closest rival. Second place went to Bastien Mackels (Wilbers BMW Racing), while local hero Pepijn Bijsterbosch completed the top-three lock-out of BMW riders.

The second race saw a podium without a BMW rider on the top step for the first time this season. Victory had always gone to the BMW S 1000 RR up to that point. The winner this time was the Italian Yamaha rider Lorenzo Lanzi, who came out on top after a thrilling duel with Mikhalchik. Mikhalchik crossed the line in second place, just 0.256 seconds behind. His team-mate Julian Puffe secured the third podium spot.

In the overall standings, three BMW riders are out in front with three weeks to go until the season finale in Hockenheim. Mikhalchik leads with 269 points, 31 ahead of Mackels (238). Puffe is in third place with 176 points.

British Superbike Championship at Silverstone, Great Britain

One of the most important race weekends of the British Superbike Championship (BSB) season took place at Silverstone. The ninth meeting of the season was the decider as to which six riders will be competing for the title in the BSB Showdown. One of the six sought-after spots is now confirmed as going to a BMW rider. Having completed nine out of the season’s twelve events, Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing) is now sixth in the overall standings and is one of those who will be starting the final three events of the season with extra points.

Hickman had arrived at Silverstone in sixth position and was able to stay there, despite a tricky weekend. After the three races had taken place on Saturday and Sunday, he was four points ahead of his nearest rival in seventh place. Hickman was the best-placed BMW rider in race one, crossing the line in eighth place. However, he was forced to retire just before the end of the second race after problems with the oil pressure sensor. In race three, he gave a strong chase through the field but then his gear lever broke leaving him stuck in third gear. Hickman nursed the bike to the line and finished 19th.

Tyco BMW rider Christian Iddon also had a chance of claiming a Showdown place and displayed impressive fighting spirit on the Silverstone track. Iddon suffered a bad fall in the second qualifying session, resulting in a triple fracture of the collarbone. However, he gritted his teeth after receiving the all-clear from the medical team and scored points in all three races, finishing 15th, fifth and tenth. Iddon just missed out on qualifying for the Showdown by a few points.

Peter Hickman:
“It’s been a dramatic weekend but we’ve made it. Huge thank you to Smiths Racing BMW. To make it to the Showdown for the second year in a row is incredible. We’ve had some problems on Sunday but the Smiths Racing BMW team has done a fantastic job and to be honest the bike had not really missed a beat all year before so I can’t complain too much. We had really good pace and I think we could have finished inside the top five in any of the races but it didn’t work out that way. We had a bad qualifying which was partly my fault but I am more than happy to get into the Showdown again. Thanks to all of the sponsors and fans for their support. Now it’s time to look forward to a less dramatic round next weekend!”

Christian Iddon:
“I don’t know what to say right now. This weekend has been the most crazy rollercoaster ever. I’m sorry to everyone who supports me that I didn’t make the Showdown but I tried. Congratulations to the title fighters. Now to get fixed up and end the season strong.“ A marathon race and a normal race took place in the Superstock class (BSB STK) at Silverstone. Saturday's marathon race consisted of two separate 24-lap races, which took place consecutively. In part one, the two BMW riders Alex Olsen (ASTRO – JJR Racing) and Keith Farmer (Tyco BMW Motorrad) finished second and third to reach the podium. Olsen celebrated his first win of the season in part two. This seemed to spur him on, as Olsen doubled up to record another win on Sunday. Farmer was behind double-winner Olsen, claiming the third podium spot.

Spanish Championship at Valencia, Spain

The fifth and penultimate event of the Spanish Championship 2018 (RFME CEV) took place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo at Valencia – and reigning champion Carmelo Morales extended his successful run. Morales celebrated his fourth win of the season on the Graphenano EasyRace SBK team BMW S 1000 RR. He finished nearly two seconds ahead of his closest rival. Pedro Rodriguez (Castromaroto Racing) claimed ninth place. Julian Miralles (Graphenano EasyRace SBK Team) secured second place in the Open class (tenth place in the overall standings). Morales has extended his lead in the championship standings with two races still to take place at the season finale in Jerez.

Carmelo Morales:
“I am delighted with this win. We have had a good feeling since we arrived in Valencia. I started the race calmly, which was important. I started out following polesetter Xavier Pinsach and tried to avoid making any errors while concentrating on scoring as many points as possible. I was able to overtake him at the end and claim victory. I would like to thank the team, BMW and Dunlop for the great work this weekend.”

MotoAmerica at New Jersey Motorsports Park, USA

The weekend also saw a podium finish in the MotoAmerica Superstock class (MA STK). Travis Wyman (Weir Everywhere Racing) secured second place in the race at New Jersey Motorsports Park (USA). In the two Superbike class (MA SBK) races, BMW rider Danny Eslick (Scheibe Racing) finished tenth and eighth respectively.

Australian Superbike Championship at the Winton Motor Raceway, Australia

The Winton Motor Raceway, around 200 kilometres to the north of Melbourne, hosted the sixth and penultimate event of the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) season. 19-year-old rookie Ted Collins, from the NextGen Motorsports team, recorded his best ASBK result to date when he crossed the line in seventh place in the first race. The young BMW driver also reached the top-ten in race two, finishing in tenth place.

Results International German Championship, Assen:

Race 1:

1st Ilya Mikhalchik (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW) (+ fastest race lap)
2nd Bastien Mackels (Wilbers BMW Racing)
3rd Pepijn Bijsterbosch
6th Julian Puffe (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW)
16th Philipp Gengelbach

Race 2:

2nd Ilya Mikhalchik (+ fastest race lap)
3rd Julian Puffe
5th Pepijn Bijsterbosch
9th Bastien Mackels
DNF Philipp Gengelbach

Results British Superbike Championship, Silverstone – Superbike class:

Race 1:

8th Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing)
14th Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW Motorrad)
15th Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad)
17th Sylvain Barrier (Smiths Racing)
21st Luke Hedger (Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad)
DNF Martin Jessopp (RidersMotorcycles.com BMW)

Race 2:

5th Christian Iddon
16th Sylvain Barrier
18th Martin Jessopp
DNF Peter Hickman
DNF Michael Laverty
DNF Luke Hedger

Race 3:

10th Christian Iddon
15th Sylvain Barrier
17th Martin Jessopp
19th Peter Hickman
DNF Luke Hedger
DNF Michael Laverty 

Results British Superbike Championship, Silverstone – Superstock class:

Race 1A:

2nd Alex Olsen (ASTRO – JJR Racing)
3rd Keith Farmer (Tyco BMW Motorrad) (+ fastest race lap)
4th Taylor MacKenzie (Bathams Racing)
17th Joe Morphett (ASJ Racing)
19th Sam Coventry (Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad)
20th Paul McClung (McClung Racing)
22nd Rob McNealy (McNealy Brwon Ltd.)
23rd Tom Tunstall (Integro)
27th Ben Godfrey (Team IMR)
28th Jordan Gilbert (Team Wireless Logic / Deadline)
33rd Barry Teasdale (TwoTwoFour BMW)
35th Thomas O’Grady (EICL)
DNF Dean Hipwell (CDH Racing)
DNF Jordan Rushby (Alliance Steel Racing)

Race 1B:

1st Alex Olsen (+ fastest race lap / new lap record)
6th Taylor MacKenzie
9th Keith Farmer
14th Ben Godfrey
17th Rob McNealy
19th Joe Morphett
22nd Barry Teasdale
DNF Tom Tunstall
DNF Jordan Gilbert
DNF Thomas O’Grady
DNF Sam Coventry

Race 2:

1st Alex Olsen
3rd Keith Farmer
11th Ben Godfrey
14th Paul McClung
15th Sam Coventry
16th Dean Hipwell
21st Joe Morphett
24th Tom Tunstall
26th Rob McNealy
31st Thomas O’Grady
DNF Taylor MacKenzie

Results Spanish Championship, Valencia:

Race:

1st Carmelo Morales (Graphenano EasyRace Team) (+ fastest race lap)
9th Pedro Rodriguez (Castromaroto Racing Team)
10th Julian Miralles (Graphenano EasyRace Team)
15th Roberto Blazquez (Castromaroto Racing Team)
25th Julio Dominguez (Castromaroto Racing Team)

Results MotoAmerica, New Jersey Motorsports Park – Superbike class:

Race 1:

10th Danny Eslick (Scheibe Racing)

Race 2:

8th Danny Eslick

Results MotoAmerica, New Jersey Motorsports Park – Superstock class:

Race:

2nd Travis Wyman (Weir Everywhere Racing)

Results Australian Superbike Championship, Winton Motor Raceway:

Race 1:

7th Ted Collins (NextGen Motorsports)
DNF Brian Kozan (Qualia Racing / Living Landscapes)

Race 2:

12th Ted Collins

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