BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 26/04/2017, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The 2017 racing season is getting into full swing for the BMW S 1000 RR riders. At the weekend, championships on four continents held their first races of the year: in Europe, South America, North America and Asia. The Spanish Championship (CEV) kicked off with two podium finishes for the RR. Spaniard Carmelo Morales claimed two second places and secured the lead in the first standings of the 2017 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. From now on, we will publish the updated standings here on the website every Wednesday.
In addition, the 2017 season has begun in the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV), the SuperBike Series Brasil (BRSBK), the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) and the MotoAmerica FIM/AMA North American Road Racing Championship (AMA). You will find all results of the weekend in an overview below.
Spanish Championship in Valencia, Spain
The 2017 curtain raiser in the Spanish Championship (CEV) was held in Valencia at the weekend – and the season started successfully for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport fanily. At the first round, two races were competed in the Superstock 1000/Open 1000 category.
Carmelo Morales finished both races in second position on his Graphbikes easyRace SBK Team BMW S 1000 RR. Pedro Rodriguez (Castromaroto Racing) ended the races in seventh and fourth positions on his RR. Morales’ team-mate Vicente Kruger was classified 12th and 14th.
“I am satisfied with how the weekend went. The only problem was that I had a scary moment during practice and that cost me some confidence, especially in the first two laps of race one. Overall, we had a good pace and I could not be more pleased with the result of the first race. For the second heat, we made some modifications, trying to further improve and to close the gap to the front. Overall I am happy because I still have to adapt to the new bike and the tyres. What matters is that I feel very good with the BMW S 1000 RR and the team, and the work we have done with the electronics has positive results.”
“The weekend did not go too well, although we were able to ride fast and to do good lap times in both races. It is clear that I need to improve in qualifying as starting from so far behind forces me to really push over the entire race distance, and at the end of the race, the tyre loses performance. The level of this championship is very high, but I think I am able to keep up with the leading riders and I will fight for it. Now it is time to prepare for the next race and to do our best.”
Imola was the venue for the 2017 season opener of the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV). In both of the two races held, four BMW S 1000 RR riders finished within the points. In the first heat, Matteo Ferrari (DMR Racing) was the highest placed RR racer in seventh. His team-mates Ivan Goi and Denni Schiavoni crossed the line in ninth and tenth respectively. Lorenzo Lanzi (Tutapista Corse) came home in 12th. In the second race, Goi claimed sixth place. Ferrari was eighth on that occasion, while Schiavoni and Lanzi finished tenth and 14th respectively.
Wheels are also turning again in South America: at the weekend, the SuperBike Series Brasil (BRSBK) held its first race of the 2017 season in São Paulo. BMW S 1000 RR rider Marco Solorza (JC Racing Team) missed the podium by only one position, crossing the line in fourth. His team-mate Davi Lara Costa came home in eighth. Diego Viveiros (Tecfil Racing Team) completed the top 10. Fellow Tecfil Racing Team rider Danilo Lewis, 2016 championship runner-up position, had to retire.
The BMW S 1000 RR racers in the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) also kicked off their 2017 season at the weekend. The venue of the first race of the year was Suzuka. As the event was used for preparation for the prestigious 8 Hours of Suzuka, the Japanese manufacturers were on site with several strong factory squads. In the highly competitive field, BMW rider Daisaku Sakai claimed a top ten result: he crossed the line in 8th on his Team BMW Motorrad 39 RR. Yuta Kodama and Shinya Takeishi shared duties on the RR of team Tone RT Syncedge 4113. They were classified 19th, followed by Koji Teramoto (Motorrad Rennsport) in 20th and Sano Masato / Noriyuki Tsujimoto (Team Vital Spirit) in 21st.
The MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship (AMA) held its 2017 season opener as a support series at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin. In the Superbike class, two BMW S 1000 RR racers competed. Sylvain Barrier, new signing in the Scheibe Racing/Hayes Brake team, finished the two races in 11th and 12th position. Mathew Orange (Maximum Effort Racing) retired in race one and was 19th in the second race.
2nd Carmelo Morales (Graphbikes easyRace SBK Team)
7th Pedro Rodriguez (Castromaroto Racing)
12th Vicente Kruger (Graphbikes easyRace SBK Team)
17th Roberto Blazquez (Castromaroto Racing)
18th Guillermo Llano (Graphbikes easyRace SBK Team)
22nd Jon Purroy (Castromaroto Racing)
23rd Sergji Grygorovych (MDR Cossacks Flygroup)
2nd Carmelo Morales 4th Pedro Rodriguez
14th Vicente Kruger
16th Roberto Blazquez
19th Sergji Grygorovych
22nd Jon Purroy
DNF Guillermo Llano
7th Matteo Ferrari (DMR Racing)
9th Ivan Goi (DMR Racing)
10th Denni Schiavoni (DMR Racing)
12th Lorenzo Lanzi (Tutapista Corse)
17th Fabio Massei (FF Racing MC)
21st Francesco Ciacci (Crazy Old Men)
23rd Ivan Clementi (FF Racing MC)
26th Luca Ottaviani
6th Ivan Goi
8th Matteo Ferrari
10th Denni Schiavoni
14th Lorenzo Lanzi
18th Francesco Ciacci
20th Ivan Clementi
22nd Fabio Massei
DNF Luca Ottaviani
4th Marco Solorza (JC Racing Team)
8th Davi Lara Costa (JC Racing Team)
10th Diego Viveiros (Tecfil Racing Team)
DNF Danilo Lewis (Tecfil Racing Team)
8th Daisaku Sakai (BMW Motorrad 39)
19th Yuta Kodama / Shinya Takeishi (Tone RT Syncedge 4413)
20th Koji Teramoto (Motorrad Rennsport)
21st Sano Masato / Noriyuki Tsujimoto (Team Vital Spirit)
11th Sylvain Barrier (Scheibe Racing/Hayes Brake)
DNF Mathew Orange (Maximum Effort Racing)
12th Sylvain Barrier
19th Mathew Orange