BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Campo Grande, Brazil, 29/07/2015, Moto 1000 GP / Campeonato Brasileiro de Motovelocidade
French BMW Motorrad privateer Matthieu Lussiana celebrated his third win of the season in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP (MT1GP STK GP) – after a breath-taking duel with his perennial rival Diego Pierluigi. The two riders staged a spectacular head-to-head battle at the fourth race of the season, held in the “Autódromo de Campo Grande”, which was only decided shortly before the finish. Lussiana’s new team-mate Luciano Ribodino also rode onto the podium on his RR, finishing third.
Lussiana secured the full haul in Campo Grande. He secured pole position on his BMW S 1000 RR in action for BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing on Saturday – with an advantage of almost half a second. He followed this up with the win and the fastest lap on Sunday. And he put up a spectacular fight for this win. Initially, Lussiana was in control of the race from the front. While tough battles for positions went on behind him, the BMW rider led the field with a good advantage. But five laps before the finish he got caught up with the back of the field and lost time. His perennial rival Pierluigi took advantage of this: The Argentinian continued to make up ground on Lussiana.
This was the start of the duel that had the fans on the edge of their seats. On lap 13 of 16, Pierluigi took the lead, but Lussiana refused to give up and lay in wait for his chance to counter-attack. The two were wheel to wheel going into the final lap, and Lussiana made the decisive manoeuvre two turns before the end. He retook the lead on his RR and won with a narrow advantage of 0.037 seconds.
With the points for pole position, the win and the fastest lap, reigning champion Lussiana extended his lead in the championship. After four of eight races he has 101 points to his name and an advantage of 28 points over Pierluigi in second place overall. With this success, Lussiana also re-took the lead in the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
Lussiana had a new team-mate at his side in Campo Grande: Luciano Ribodino. On the second RR in action for BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing, the Argentinian stood in for his injured fellow countryman Sebastián Porto, who had suffered a tibial fracture at the third race weekend in Goiânia.
Ribodino and the crew sent get well wishes to Porto on the starting grid – with a poster with the slogan “Fuerza Seba #19”. Then Ribodino set off in successful pursuit of the podium. With an advantage of almost three seconds over his nearest rival, he was unchallenged for third place, behind Lussiana and Pierluigi.
Victor Moura on the RR of M2B Racing crossed the finish line in tenth place. In the GP Light class (MT1GP STK LT), Márcio Pereira (MS Racing Team) in eighth was the best-placed BMW rider.