BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 19/10/2016, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
Whether international championships or national series, the BMW S 1000 RR is a championship-winning bike. Despite the fact that the 2016 Race Trophy season will not end before 4th December, the worldwide BMW Motorrad Motorsport community already has had no fewer than eight champions to celebrate so far this year – the most recent of these was Raffaele De Rosa, who won the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup last weekend. An overview of the champions so far this season.
Michal Prášek opened the floodgates with the first title of 2016: he was crowned Superstock champion in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR STK) in mid-July. The 27-year-old Czech driver finished on the podium in all ten races. Prášek won five times for the Rohac and Fejta motoracing team on his BMW S 1000 RR. He also finished runner-up four times and third once. This was Prášek’s second title in a row in this series.
“This title means an awful lot to me. I had a very bad crash in 2014, after which nobody really knew whether I would ever be able to race again. Winning the championship in 2015 was a fantastic moment. We wanted to repeat this success in 2016 - and we did. That is fantastic,” said Prášek.
Jordan Szoke added title number two of the year in August. As in 2015, the Canadian produced a perfect season in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK): seven wins from seven races. Szoke also started every race from pole position on the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team RR. This was Szoke’s 11th title in the series. The 37-year-old will be inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame this weekend.
The secret to his success? “Consistency, good preparation, a fantastic crew, and a strong bike were key to success in recent years,” said Szoke. “This is the third time I’ve had a perfect season. That is crazy – but fantastic!” Incidentally, Szoke celebrated his title with a bacon burger at a fast-food restaurant, having arrived home late from the final race weekend.
The next title for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family followed in mid-September: a historic world title. Finnish duo Pekka Päivärinta/Kirsi Kainulainen won the FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC) at the finale in Donington. In doing so, Kainulainen became the first woman in history to win a road racing world championship.
“This feels absolutely awesome! It is fantastic and very special for me that my name will now go down in the history books,” said the Finnish world champion. Päivärinta/Kainulainen ended all nine races on the podium on their sidecar, which is powered by a BMW S 1000 RR engine. They claimed an historic victory at the Pannonia-Ring in June, when Kainulainen also became the first woman to win a world championship race on the road racing scene.
The September weekend in Donington also produced another title for the BMW community: Taylor Mackenzie was crowned Superstock champion with races to spare in the British Superbike Championship (BSB STK). Over the course of the 12-race season, Mackenzie, on the Buildbase BMW Motorrad RR, won six races and finished on the podium twice in this fiercely-competitive series.
“I was incredibly relieved when I won the title. The team and I worked incredibly hard all year. It is an unbelievable feeling when that dream finally comes true,” said Mackenzie.
Just one weekend later, the BMW S 1000 RR added another three titles to its collection. In the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC), Belgium’s Vincent Lonbois was crowned champion. He dominated the season on his BMW S 1000 RR, run by the Herpigny Motors BMW Motorrad Belux team. His record: in 12 races, he picked up maximum points for victory on eight occasions, finished runner-up twice, and claimed two third places.
“Last year I was new to the IRRC and used the season to get to know the circuits,” said Lonbois. “The goal for 2016 was clearly to win the title. It is amazing, and was a fantastic season!”
At the same time, Lukáš Pešek won the Superbike class in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR SBK). The Czech rider arrived at the finale at the Slovakia Ring in second place overall, and had to win the final two races of the season to clinch the title. And that is precisely what he did: as at the opening round of the season, Pešek bagged a brace of wins on the BMW Motorrad CSEU RR.“It was fantastic – for me and the team, as everyone invested an awful lot in that, and we achieved our goal and won the title,” he said.
The triple title weekend was rounded off by Benjamin Colliaux, who narrowly beat fellow BMW rider Florian Brunet-Lugardon to win the French European Bikes Championship. After 14 races, Colliaux was crowned champion with a lead of three points. He finished on the top step of the podium five times on the Cherot Moto Sport RR.
The eighth title of the year followed in Jerez at the weekend. Raffaele De Rosa was crowned champion in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) after a thrilling finale. The Althea BMW Racing Team rider arrived in Jerez in fourth place overall. Ultimately, however, fifth place in the race was sufficient for him to claim the coveted trophy. In the eight races of the STK1000 season, De Rosa won twice and finished on the podium a further three times.
“I dedicate this title to my family, who have supported me through the tough times, and the team I have been riding for for the last two years. I am very grateful for all their help. I have worked towards this goal for several years and am overjoyed to have achieved it after all the effort we have put in,” said De Rosa.
All the champions and their teams will be rewarded with a championship bonus in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, courtesy of BMW Motorrad Motorsport. This will be presented at the season review in December.