BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 02/11/2016, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) world tour made its final stop at the weekend. The grand finale was held against a spectacular backdrop: under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit in the Qatar desert. 1,000 floodlight masts with a total of 3,600 lights made sure that the lighting conditions for the practice sessions, the Superpole and the races, which were all held in the evening hours, were as good as in the daytime.
Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) got the best result among the BMW S 1000 RR riders. The Spaniard finished in eighth and sixth places in the final two races. In the championship standings, Torres ended the season in sixth place. This made him the best privateer rider behind five works riders.
His team-mate Raffaele De Rosa, recently crowned champion in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000), was given a wild card from Althea BMW Racing Team to contest the WorldSBK finale. The Italian finished 12th in the first race. In the second race, which was aborted due to oil on the track and had to be restarted as a ten-lap sprint race, De Rosa rode into the top ten in ninth place. Markus Reiterberger, who unlike Torres and De Rosa had never ridden on the track outside Doha before, used the initial sessions to get used to the track. In the first race, a technical issue forced him to retire; in race two he finished in 15th place. Josh Brookes of Team Milwaukee BMW picked up a point in the first race for his 15th place, but fell in the second race. His team-mate Karel Abraham retired in both races.
The weekend also marked the season finale of the South African SuperGP Champions Trophy (RSA SBK). For the best-placed BMW racer in the series, Lance Isaacs, the race day didn’t start according to plan: He had a serious fall in the warm-up, hurt his left hand and had to receive treatment from the Medical Centre. Meanwhile, his Lance Isaacs Racing team worked under extreme pressure to try and repair the damaged machine ready for the start of the first race, but there wasn’t enough time. So Isaacs had to watch the first race from the side-lines. The best-placed BMW rider was Ricky Lee Weare in tenth. Isaacs was able to contest the second race and finished fourth. David McFadden in sixth place also secured a top six result.
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The following provides an overview of all of the weekend’s results:
8th Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team)
12th Raffaele De Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team)
15th Joshua Brookes (Milwaukee BMW)
DNF Karel Abraham (Milwaukee BMW)
DNF Markus Reiterberger (Althea BMW Racing Team)
Race 2 (re-started after red flag):
6th Jordi Torres
9th Raffaele De Rosa
15th Markus Reiterberger
DNF Karel Abraham
DNF Joshua Brookes
10th Ricky Lee Weare
13th John Krieger (Full Throttle / AJ Venter Racing)
14th Etienne Nelson
15th Evert Stoffberg
16th David McFadden
DNF Heinrich Rheeder (Rheeder Racing)
DNS Lance Isaacs (Lance Isaacs Racing)
4th Lance Isaacs
6th David McFadden
11th Ricky Lee Weare
14th John Krieger
15th Evert Stoffberg
16th Etienne Nelson
DNF Heinrich Rheeder