BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Portimão, 06/11/2014, FIM CEV Superbike European Championship
Iván Silva – S 1000 RR privateer rider and BMW Motorrad Race Trophy participant – finished twice on the podium at the penultimate round of the hard-fought Spanish Superbike Championship at Portimão, Portugal.
After an exciting tussle involving several changes of position with the Venezuelan Robertino Pietri, US American Kenny Noyes and the Spaniard Carmelo Morales, Silva took third place in the first race on his BMW S 1000 RR fielded by team Targobank Motorsport. As a result, he briefly shared the overall championship lead with Kenny Noyes.
In the second race, Silva made a rocket start and quickly took the lead. Towards the middle of the race, he again lost the lead to Morales after a thrilling battle. At the finish, he was second ahead of Noyes, who is now close behind the RR rider again in the title fight.
With this result, the 32-year old Spaniard retained his overall lead in the drivers’ standings of the Superbike class and could be crowned Champion at the season finale in Valencia on November 16. The small difference in points to his closest rivals means an exciting finale is almost certainly on the cards.
“We tested for two days at Valencia in preparation for the races in Portugal and the finale,” said Iván Silva. “The test went very well and we improved continuously. The goal for Portimão was to be in a position to fight for the win and to keep the lead in the rider classification, which I managed. In the season finale at Valencia it’s now all about the title.”
BMW Motorrad privateer Daniel Rivas Fernandez from the Easyrace Superbike Team finished sixth and fourth at Portimão on his BMW S 1000 RR. After experiencing several technical difficulties, anything better than a sixth place in the first race wasn’t possible. In the second race, the 26-year old Spaniard improved to fourth place and narrowly missed finishing on the podium as a result.
“That was actually quite a complicated weekend, and due to the technical difficulties in the timed practice session we were unable to find an ideal set-up,” said Daniel Rivas Fernandez. “Even so, the team and I did everything possible for a good result. I’m happy that we also managed to achieve this and now look forward to the finale at Valencia.”
The Finn Eeki Kuparinen from privateer BM motorcycle team Motomarket Racing was tenth in both races.
In the current BMW Motorrad Race Trophy classification, Iván Silva improved from 14th to eleventh place, Rivas Fernandez has now jumped into the top 15, and Kuparinen climbed from 23rd to 16th position. All three can use the CEV season finale in two weeks to climb even higher in the rankings and secure an additional welcome reward from BMW Motorrad.