BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 30/11/2016, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
BMW riders around the world have enjoyed success in many international and national championships with the BMW S 1000 RR. Race wins, podiums and titles – there have been plenty of opportunities to celebrate. But what are the very best moments the BMW racers have experienced with their RRs so far? We asked around within the BMW Motorrad Motorsport community.
Road racer Ian Hutchinson enjoyed a host of magic moments in his first season on the BMW S 1000 RR and with Tyco BMW in 2016: victories at the major road races and in the Superstock class of the British Superbike Championship (BSB).
Speaking about his best moments on the RR, “Hutchy” said: “One of them was definitely victory at the North West 200. It is very difficult to win there. Therefore, it felt fantastic to win the North West with BMW. Then there was the Isle of Man TT, of course. Basically, any win at the TT is awesome. And then we headed to the Ulster Grand Prix and won three races there with BMW. On top of that come my wins in the BSB. The victory at Cadwell Park was very special for me, as I had not ridden there for six years. It is possibly the trickiest racetrack in Great Britain – and I won the race there. They were all fantastic wins in their own ways.”
In the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK), Spaniard Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) ended his first season on the RR in sixth place overall, making him the best-placed rider for a privateer team. Torres believes the races in Imola, Laguna Seca and at the Lausitzring were among his top moments on the RR: “I managed to get 100 per cent out of the bike in those races, and was on the limit from start to finish. That is very tough. I really enjoyed those races, and we were very close to picking up our first podium finish with the RR. That is very pleasing, not only for me, but for everyone in the team who have all worked so hard. It was a sign that we are gradually improving and getting ever closer to the front-runners.”
Czech rider Michal Prášek does not need long to come up with his best moments on the RR. Together with the Rohac and Feijta motoracing team, he won the titles in the Superstock class of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR STK) in 2015 and 2016. He achieved this, despite the fact that, in the autumn of 2014, it was not certain that he would ever be able to race again, having sustained serious injuries to his legs and lungs in a crash in Brno. “Winning the title the year after that crash, in 2015, was definitely one of the best moments of my racing career. We wanted to win the title again in 2016, and we did just that. It was awesome.”
For the Superbike champion in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR SBK), Lukáš Pešek, every victory he celebrated with the IVR BMW Motorrad CSEU team in the AARR SBK was a wonderful moment. However, the Czech also mentions another experience: when he finished third to take his place on the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) podium with Penz13.com BMW Motorrad at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben. Pešek: “That was my first podium ever in the Endurance World Championship, and was simply magical!”
Kenny Foray, who finished runner-up in the French Superbike Championship (FSBK) with the Tecmas Racing Team and raced alongside Pešek on the number 13 BMW S 1000 RR in the EWC, enjoyed many nice moments last season. “One was really rather special, though: that came in qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the EWC,” the Frenchman recalled. “The previous day we had sat down with the engineers and tried to come up with a good set-up for qualifying. After the first qualifying session, our team-mate Mathieu Gines returned to the garage and said: ‘Wow, the bike is incredible.’ When I then took to the track I just felt: wow, wow, wow. We were both only able to complete three laps, as you are only allowed one set of tyres for all three riders in qualifying, but it was an unbelievable feeling. I wanted that moment to last for ever, because it was really very special. When I returned to the pits I had a big grin on my face. Then we secured pole position. That was fantastic.”
Pekka Päivärinta and Kirsi Kainulainen enjoyed their greatest success so far together this season – not on the BMW S 1000 RR, but with RR power. They won the title in the FIM Sidecar World Championshiop (SWC) on their bike, which is powered by a BMW S 1000 RR engine. Their best moment: crossing the finish line as world champions at the end of the final race in Donington. And how did they feel at that moment? “I had the chance, and did it. What a relief,” said Kainulainen, after becoming the first woman in history to win a road racing world title. And Päivärinta: “We actually did it! We are world champions.”