BMW Motorrad Motorsport
USA, Great Britain, Italy, Czech Republic, 22/07/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The BMW Motorrad privateers were in action in various championships once again last weekend. However, the tragic accident in Laguna Seca sees the sporting events take a backseat. So we will provide a brief summary of the weekend's results in our short news.
At the FIM World Superbike Championship's (WSBK) guest appearance in the US in Laguna Seca, BMW Motorrad privateer Ayrton Badovini secured another top 6 finish. The BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team rider crossed the finish line in sixth position and as the best placed rider of a privateer team in the second race. A technical problem in the first race forced him to retire from the ninth place he was holding at that time. Imre Tóth of BMW Racing Team Tóth finished in 16th and 17th place. His team-mate Gábor Rizmayer retired from the first race and was 16th to cross the line in the second race.
The sixth race weekend of the 2015 British Superbike Championship (BSB) was held on the “Grand Prix Circuit” at Brands Hatch in Great Britain. In the first Superbike class (BSB SBK) race, Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) was just 0.065 seconds off a podium finish when he crossed the finish line in fourth. His team-mate Michael Laverty finished fifth. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing BMW) and Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW Motorrad) also picked up points, finishing in tenth and twelfth.
Laverty finished fifth again in the second race, directly followed by McConnell in sixth place. Jackson finished in eleventh. Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) and Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles BMW) in 13th and 15th also crossed the finish line in the points. Bridewell retired early. Bridewell is still sixth in the BSB SBK overall standings, Laverty is a point behind his team-mate in seventh place.
In the Superstock class race, Tyco BMW rider Alastair Seeley got the win on his BMW S 1000 RR. Luke Quigley (Formwise Washrooms / Bathams) got the fastest lap time on his RR and was fourth to cross the line. Rob McNealy (McNealy Brown Ltd) in 14th rode into the points. Seeley moved up into second place in the overall standings with 113 points. He trails the leader by 22 points. Hudson Kennaugh (Trik-Moto BMW), who was second overall before the weekend, retired from the race and is now in third with 98 points.
The FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC) also stopped off at Brands Hatch at the weekend. In the race, the SWC teams lined up alongside the British Sidecar Championship teams. BMW duo Mike Roscher and Anna Burkard (Roscher-Burkard-Penz13) finished in second place on the podium. The Finnish BMW team Pekka Päivärinta and Kirsi Kainulainen had an accident, which caused the race to be red-flagged. Neither of them was hurt. Päivärinta and Kainulainen are still second in the SWC overall standings, trailing the front-runners by five points.
The fourth race event in the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) took place in Imola at the weekend. Roberto Tamburini (Motoxracing) occupied the second spot on the podium in the race on Saturday and won race two on Sunday. This saw the BMW rider move up into third place in the overall standings with 102 points, and reduce his deficit to the front-runner to 23 points.
In the first race, only ten of the 21 starters were classified, five of which were BMW riders. In addition to Tamburini in second, these were: Enrico Pasini (CDM-RS) in fifth, Alessio Corradi (DMR Racing Team) in sixth, Francesco Ciacci (Furius Bulls Sibarys) in seventh and Marco Marcheluzzo (DMR Racing Team) in tenth. In the second race, Fabrizio Perotti (Tutapista Corse) was the second-best BMW rider after winner Tamburini, and crossed the finish line in eighth place. Corradi finished eleventh and Pasini also made it into the points in twelfth place.
In the fourth round of the 2015 Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) in Most, Czech Republic, BMW Motorrad privateer Roland Resch picked up his fifth win of the season. The Austrian won the second race in the Superbike class (AARR SBK) on his Reitwagen-Racing BMW S 1000 RR. In race one he finished second, with a deficit of 0.164 seconds. This saw Resch extend his lead in the overall standings to 63 points.
Podium spots also went to the two BMW Motorrad Czech riders Lukáš Pešek and Martin Choy. Pešek finished second in race two (he wasn’t classified in race one), Choy finished in third and fifth.
In the Superstock class (AARR STK), Michal Filla (BMW Sikora Motorsport) won both races. In the first race, Michal Prášek (Rohac and Fejta Motoracing Team) also made it onto the podium in second place. In race two, Marek Szkopek (LRP Poland) finished second, third place on the podium went to Michal Šembera (WILLI Race Team).