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BMW Motorrad Motorsport

Malaysia, The Netherlands, Canada, 05/08/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy

News in brief

Racing action on three continents

The BMW Motorrad privateers in the FIM Superbike World Championship and the Malaysia Superbike Championship were in action on the “Sepang International Circuit” in Malaysia last weekend. In the title fight in the FIM Sidecar World Championship, the BMW duo Pekka Päivärinta/Kirsi Kainulainen are now only four points off the top after finishing on the podium in Assen. In the Canadian Superbike Championship, BMW rider Jordan Szoke continued his run of success – and has almost secured the title.

FIM Superbike World Championship in Sepang

The FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK) stopped off at the “Sepang International Circuit” in Malaysia last weekend. Unfortunately, BMW Motorrad privateer Ayrton Badovini was unable to participate in the races on Sunday. With strong results on his BMW S 1000 RR of BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team once again, he qualified easily for Superpole 2, where the riders compete for the top starting positions. But Badovini fell heavily after a collision with another rider in the fourth practice session on Saturday. He suffered severe concussion and had to spend the night in hospital for observation. The entire BMW Motorrad Motorsport community wishes him a speedy recovery!

Gábor Rizmayer from BMW Team Tóth finished the two Sepang races in positions 17 and 18. His team-mate Imre Tóth crossed the line in 19th and 20th place.

FIM Sidecar World Championship in Assen

On the penultimate race weekend of the season, the FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC) stopped off at the Gamma Racing Day in Assen, the Netherlands, last weekend. In glorious sunshine, the 87,500 spectators experienced a turbulent sidecar race – with further successes for the BMW teams.

The Finnish duo Pekka Päivärinta/Kirsi Kainulainen (44-Racing) are still in with a good chance of winning the championship title after Assen. They finished third on the podium. Päivärinta/Kainulainen are still second in the championship standings with 136 points and with two races to go; they trail the leaders by just four points now. The final two races will be held at the season finale in Oschersleben on 22nd/23rd August. “It's a good result. Kirsi did an outstanding job. She isn't one hundred percent fit, but she is a real fighter. We are just four points off the top and are 11 points ahead of third place. The final two races will be hard,” said Päivärinta.

The BMW duo Mike Roscher/Anna Burkard (Roscher-Burkard-Penz13) finished the race in fifth place and moved up into fourth in the overall standings. BMW pairing Uwe Gürck/Manfred Wechselberger (Polizei Sport Verein Wels) didn't compete in Assen. They decided to contest the sidecar class of the SUPERBIKE*IDM in Schleiz instead – they have their sights set on the title there. Gürck/Wechselberger rode onto the podium in second place in Schleiz. They now lead the championship by 35 points.

Canadian Superbike Championship in Shubenacadie

Five races this season, five wins – BMW Motorrad privateer Jordan Szoke is in a class of his own in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK). Like at every race of the season so far, he was unbeatable at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie at the weekend. He secured pole position on his BMW S 1000 RR in action for the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike team on Saturday, and on Sunday he celebrated his 50th win of all time in the CSBK. Szoke dropped down the field at the start, but he was back at the top in the second half of the race, got the fastest lap and pulled away from the field. He crossed the finish line with an advantage of more than four seconds.

With this win, Szoke took another major step towards winning the title. He leads the Pro Superbike (CSBK PR) classification with 275 points after five of seven races of the season. He has an advantage of 91 points over his closest rival. A total of 108 points will be awarded in the final two races that will be held at the season finale on 15th/16th August.

Michael Leon (Royal Distributing Superbike Team) finished fifth on is BMW S 1000 RR. BMW Motorrad privateer Samuel Trépanier was successful in the Amateur class (CSBK AM) races once again: He rode onto the podium in second place.

Malaysia Superbike Championship in Sepang

The BMW Motorrad privateers were also successful at the second race weekend of the Malaysia Superbike Championship on the “Sepang International Circuit”. In the Superbike class B, Gavin Macdonald and Ahmad Abas rode onto the podium in second and third place in the first race. In race two, Mohd Najuib Alias finished second on the podium.

In the Superstock class A, Nasarudin Mat Yusop in second (race one) and Hansur Rizal Nur Sastra in third (race two) secured podium positions for the BMW S 1000 RR. In the Superstock class B, Muhammad Ridhwan Hussien was the most successful BMW privateer, with a win and a second place. Yung Pang Che also made it onto the podium when he finished third in the second race.