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Munich, Germany, 03/05/2017, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy

Trophy hunters on several continents.

Action packed and successful weekend for the BMW S 1000 RR racers

It was an action packed weekend for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport teams and riders with race events in numerous championships – and it was another successful one. The Assen round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) and the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000) saw strong outings from the privateer BMW S 1000 RR racers.

The BMW riders in the MCE British Superbike Championship (BSB) stepped onto the podium again at Oulton Park and there have been wins and numerous podium finishes for the RR in the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC), the new Motorcycle Championship (MOTOCh) and the South African Motorcycle Road Racing Championship (RSA SBK). You can find all results of the weekend in an overview below.

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in Assen, the Netherlands

The iconic TT Circuit in Assen, known as the “Cathedral of Speed”, hosted the fourth round of the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). Being the strongest rider in a purely privateer team, Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) fought with the factory teams riders for the front positions. In Saturday’s race one, he set his sights on the top 5, but had to retire on the penultimate lap due to a flat tyre while lying sixth. In Sunday’s second race, Torres crossed the line in seventh. His team-mate Raffaele De Rosa, who competed his first WorldSBK round of the season in Assen, was 13th and 17th respectively.

Jordi Torres:
“On Saturday, we really had bad luck. We could have finished fifth or sixth if we hadn’t had the flat rear tyre. It is always disappointing for the entire team when something like that happens. Sunday’s race was a lot better. We didn’t have the best grid position but we tried to give our best during the race. With the fuel tank getting emptier – and with less grip on the tyres – we were able to go a good pace and I overtook a lot of riders.”

Raffaele De Rosa:
“Considering that this was my first race in several months, I started with the intention of completing as many miles as possible, or rather crossing the finish line. I was pleased on Saturday because I was a little more constant than I was in the practices. On Sunday I was feeling quite good with my BMW S 1000 RR until about half way through the race. Once the wind picked up, I had some difficulty managing the bike and I was just trying to get to the finish line.”

FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship in Assen, the Netherlands

The Assen race of the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000) had to be red flagged on lap two after several riders were involved in a crash. After the re-start, nine laps were completed. A wildcard starter was the highest placed BMW S 1000 RR rider: local hero Danny De Boer who competes with team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW in the Superbike IDM (IDM) this season. After having shown strong performances in practice and qualifying, the Dutch racer finished the race – a home round for him and the team - in fourth position. Sébastian Suchet (Berclaz Racing Team) was eighth. His team-mate, former GP racer Federico Sandi, was involved in the incident that resulted in the red flag, but fought his way through the re-started race to finish 11th.

Danny De Boer:
“The BMW S 1000 RR was completely new for me, but my first impression is really positive! I am happy to start the new season with a result like this. This was a good warm-up for our IDM season. I want to say thank you to Van Zon-Remeha-BMW!”

Federico Sandi:
“The race was really difficult. Marvin Fritz crashed at the end of the first lap and me and several others went down when trying to avoid him. I returned to the garage with some broken parts on the bike. The mechanics were able to repair it in time for the re-start. Physically, I did not feel very well as during the crash I had hit the asphalt with my head. My helmet was really damaged. In the early stages, I was running well in sixth position but then my head and stomach were seriously aching after the crash. I finished 11th. I am disappointed because if it had been a normal race, I could have fought for the win. The bike was really good.”

MCE British Superbike Championship in Oulton Park, Great Britain

For the third round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship (BSB), the teams and riders met at Oulton Park at the weekend, with the races being held on Monday, 1st May. In the first heat of the Superbike class (BSB SBK), Peter Hickman was the highest placed BMW rider, crossing the line in fifth on his Smiths Racing RR. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) was eighth. In race two, Iddon came home in fourth place, missing the podium by only two tenths of a second. Hickman was seventh.

Jakub Smrz (Lloyd & Jones PR Racing) and Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing) also finished both races in the points: Smrz was 13th and 12th, Jackson 15th and 13th.

Christian Iddon:
“It was a tough weekend for a number of reasons but we can take away a lot of positives. Race one was disappointing but in the second race we were there battling for second place, so to then lose out on a podium was frustrating – but at least we are continually in the mix. Thanks to the team for their continued big effort. We are sitting in a strong championship position, in third; we just need to keep pushing hard for consistent podiums and try to grab that elusive win.”

Peter Hickman:
“Fifth was a good result in the first race but I was a bit disappointed to have left the door open on the last corner. Normally you can hear the bikes behind you but this time I couldn’t so I thought I had a safe fourth! I was a bit annoyed but top five was still a good outcome and we made further improvements to the bike for race two, although again I made an average start. I had the pace to finish on the podium but it was difficult to pass and then hold onto the position if you had made a pass. I got bullied a bit and made a couple of mistakes so rolled off a bit to bring the bike home.”

The Superstock class (BSB STK) race was held in wet and tricky conditions – and ended with two podium finishes for the BMW S 1000 RR. Chrissy Rouse (Mission Racing) was second, closely followed by Michael Rutter (Bathams SMT) in third. In addition, four more BMW racers came home with the top 10: Tom Tunstall (Integro) was sixth, Dean Hipwell (CDH Racing) seventh, Barry Teasdale (Bob Henderson Racing) eighth and Matej Smrz (Lloyd & Jones PR Racing) ninth. Tyco BMW rider Ian Hutchinson struggled with wrong tyre choice and had to settle with 14th.

Ian Hutchinson:
“It was worth the gamble, but didn’t pay off, but in hindsight, none of the leading championship contenders scored significant points either, so it hasn’t really affected the championship table. It’s now road racing time with the NW200 and TT on the horizon, but we remain in good shape in the Superstock 1000 class in British championship and will look to return with a strong podium finish at Knockhill in June.”

Motorcycle Championship at Slovakia Ring, Slovakia

The debut round of the newly founded Motorcycle Championship (MOTOCh) saw several podium finishes for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders. The opening races were held at Slovakia Ring near Bratislava at the weekend. In the first heat, Miloš Cihak (BMW Motorrad CSEU) took third on the podium of the Superbike class (MOTOCh SBK), while his team-mate Richard Balcar secured another third position in the second race. In the Superstock class (MOTOCh STK), Ladislav Chmelik (Exteria Racing) finished race one second on the podium. In race two, Michal Prášek (Rohac and Feijta motoracing Team) was second of the STK class, followed by Chmelik in third.

Malaysia Superbike Championship in Sepang, Malaysia

The second round of the 2017 Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) at Sepang International Circuit saw two more wins for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family. Muhammad Farid Badrul Hisam (HKM Times Bike Racing Team) was victorious in both races of the Superbike class (MSC SBK), also setting the fastest race lap on both occasions with his RR. With these results, he extended his championship lead. Linggam Rammoo (Sports Rider Racing Team) also finished both races in the top 10: he was eighth and tenth respectively.

In the Superstock class (MSC STK), Nasarudin Mat Yusop (BMW Motorrad Malaysia Team) also enjoyed podium honours, setting the fastest lap and finishing second in race one. Sharulnizam Ramli (Kakikloudkartel Racing Team) was fifth, Dominic Chang (Sports Rider Racing Team) crossed the line in eighth. In race two, Mat Yusop was again fastest man on the track and on course for a podium finish but retired halfway through the race. Ramli was fourth, followed by Chang in fifth. Abdul Aziz Al Ikram completed the top 10 in tenth place.

South African Motorcycle Road Racing Championship in East London, South Africa

For the second round of the 2017 South African Motorcycle Road Racing Championship (RSA SBK), the BMW teams travelled to East London. BMW S 1000 RR rider Lance Isaacs (Supabets Sandton BMW Motorrad) once more stepped onto the podium, finishing the first of the two races in third. David McFadden (RPM Center Sandton Auto BMW) in sixth and Heinrich Rheeder (Rheeder Racing) in tenth also claimed top-10 positions. In race two, Isaacs was again the highest placed BMW racer. After being involved in a thrilling battle for the podium positions, he crossed the line in fourth. McFadden was eighth.

Lance Isaacs:
“It was an awesome race weekend and we made a massive leap forward. This gives us a lot of confidence as all the work the entire team had put in since the season opener has definitely paid off. I want to carry this momentum to the next rounds that will be held on circuits I really like and I am confident that our BMW S 1000 RR has the potential to reach the top step of the podium.”

Australian Superbike Championship at Winton Motor Raceway, Australia

The Winton Motor Raceway hosted the third round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK). Troy Guenther of the NextGen Motorsports team equalled his best result of the season. He finished the first of the two races in 11th on his BMW S 1000 RR. In the second heat, Guenther crossed the line in 13th.

Troy Guenther:
“It was another great weekend with a load more experience on the BMW S 1000 RR in my rookie Superbike season. I am really happy with the way I rode over the whole weekend. My race pace improved with every outing. Of course, we would have liked to finish the races higher up in the field, but all in all it was a great weekend.”

Results MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in Assen:

Race 1:

13th Raffaele De Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team)
DNF Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team)

Race 2:

7th Jordi Torres 17th Raffaele De Rosa

Results FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship in Assen:

Race (after re-start):

4th Danny De Boer (Van Zon-Remeha-BMW) (wildcard)
8th Sébastien Suchet (Berclaz Racing Team)
11th Federico Sandi (Berclaz Racing Team)
14th Julian Puffe (MF84 Althea)
18th Alex Bernardi (2R Road Racing)
22nd Federico Sanchioni (Clasitaly)
26th Federico D’Annunzio (FDA Racing Team)
29th Marco Sbaiz (D.K. Racing)
DNS Marco Faccani (Althea BMW Racing Team)

Results British Superbike Championship in Oulton Park – Superbike class:

Race 1:

5th Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing)
8th Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW)
13th Jakub Smrz (Llyod & Jones PR Racing BMW)
15th Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing)
17th Alastair Seeley (Tyco BMW)

Race 2:

4th Christian Iddon
7th Peter Hickman
12th Jakub Smrz
13th Lee Jackson
DNF Alastair Seeley

Results British Superbike Championship in Oulton Park – Superstock class:

Race:

2nd Chrissy Rouse (Mission Racing)
3rd Michael Rutter (Bathams SMT)
6th Tom Tunstall (Integro)
7th Dean Hipwell (CDH Racing)
8th Barry Teasdale (Bob Henderson Racing)
9th Matej Smrz (Lloyd & Jones PR Racing Team)
12th Daley Mathison (Eddie Stobart Racing)
13th Ashley Beech (Jones Dorling Racing)
14th Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW)
16th Christopher Green (GoGreen Racing)
DNF Joshua Boyd (Jones Dorling Racing)
DNF Benjamin Godfrey (LED Solutions BMW)

Results Motorcycle Championship at Slovakia Ring – Superbike class:

Race 1:

3rd Miloš Cihak (BMW Motorrad CSEU)
4th Richard Balcar (BMW Motorrad CSEU)

Race 2:

3rd Richard Balcar
DNF Miloš Cihak

Results Motorcycle Championship at Slovakia Ring – Superstock class:

Race 1:

2nd Ladislav Chmelik (Exteria Racing)
4th Stefan Cirbus (Cirpal Racing)
5th Marek Hartl (Dafitmotoracing Team)
7th Michal Bidas (Exteria Racing)
9th Michal Prášek (Rohac and Feijta motoracing Team)
10th Marcin Dabrowski
11th Antonin Moravec (Exteria Racing)
12th Rene Skalicky (Exteria Racing)
DNF Dominik Juda (Exteria Racing)

Race 2:

2nd Michal Prášek
3rd Ladislav Chmelik
4th Stefan Cirbus
6th Rene Skalicky
7th Michal Bidas
8th Marcin Dabrowski
9th Antonin Moravec
DNF Dominik Juda
DNS Marek Hartl

Results Malaysia Superbike Championship in Sepang – Superbike class:

Race 1:

1st Muhammad Farid Badrul Hisam (HKM Times Bike Racing Team) (+ fastest race lap)
8th Linggam Rammoo (SportsRider Racing Team)
10th Mohd Fitri Imram Mahadzir

Race 2:

1st Muhammad Farid Badrul Hisam (+ fastest race lap)
10th Linggam Rammoo
11th Mohd Fitri Imram Mahadzir

Results Malaysia Superbike Championship in Sepang – Superstock class:

Race 1:

2nd Nasarudin Mat Yusop (BMW Motorrad Malaysia Team) (+ fastest race lap)
5th Sharulnizam Ramli (Kakikloudkartel Racing Team)
8th Dominic Chang (SportsRider Racing Team)
13th Abdul Aziz Al Ikram (Gagak Hitam Racing Team)
18th Benoit Goeuriot
20th Charanjit Singh

Race 2:

4th Sharulnizam Ramli
5th Dominic Chang
10th Abdul Aziz Al Ikram
17th Benoit Goeuriot
20th Charanjit Singh
DNF Nasarudin Mat Yusop (+ fastest race lap)

Results South African Motorcycle Road Racing Championship in East London:

Race 1:

3rd Lance Isaacs (Supabets Sandton BMW Motorrad)
6th David McFadden (RPM Centre Sandton Auto/BMW Motorrad)
10th Heinrich Rheeder (Rheeder Racing)
19th Justin Gillesen (Lance Isaacs Racing)
20th Ferdinand Frederick (Embane Racing)
21st Evert Stoffberg (Red Star Racing)
22nd Ricky Lee Weare (Ricky Weare Racing)

Race 2:

4th Lance Isaacs
8th David McFadden
13th Heinrich Rheeder
20th Justin Gillesen
21st Ferdinand Frederick
23rd Ricky Lee Weare
24th Evert Stoffberg

Results Australian Superbike Championship at Winton Motor Raceway:

Race 1:

11th Troy Guenther (NextGen Motorsports Team)

Race 2:

13th Troy Guenther

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