BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 13/09/2017, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The race weekend delivered the next title wins for the BMW racers: Michal Filla and Michal Prášek continued the streak of success for the BMW S 1000 RR riders in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR). At the season finale at Grobnik, Filla was crowned champion in the Superbike class and Prášek celebrated his third consecutive title win in the Superstock class. In total, the BMW riders have claimed five titles so far this season.
In the British Superbike Championship (BSB) the six riders who will take part in the “Showdown” for the title have been decided – and one of them is a BMW racer. Peter Hickman secured his spot in the title chase. The BSB weekend at Silverstone also delivered a double BMW podium in the Superstock class. In addition, the BMW riders have been in action in the USA, Japan and Australia at the weekend. You can find all results from the respective championships and classes in an overview below.
The ninth round of the 2017 British Superbike Championship (BSB) was a crucial one: the top six riders in the standings after the triple-header at Silverstone will take part in the “Showdown” for the title over the remaining three race weekends. One of them is BMW racer Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) who qualified for the showdown for the first time. He is currently fourth in the riders’ standings. Team Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon also had the chance to get into the showdown until the very last moments of track action, when in a crazy third Silverstone race he crashed along with many other riders. At the time of his crash he was lying in second place which would have secured him a showdown spot. As a result, he failed to collect more points and remains eighth in the championship standings.
Race one was held on Saturday. Iddon was the highest placed BMW rider crossing the line in sixth. Jakub Smrz (Lloyd & Jones PR Racing BMW) was eighth, followed by Hickman in ninth. Race two on Sunday was red-flagged, with Iddon being classified seventh and Hickman eighth. The third race was also red-flagged after numerous riders crashed in tricky and wet conditions, including Iddon and Hickman. Only seven riders were classified finishers for the eventful race; Smrz was fifth and Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW) seventh.
“It’s certainly been a challenging weekend but I’m naturally over the moon to have made it through to the ‘Showdown’ for the first time. I’ve come close before so to finally do it is great, not just for myself but also the team. It’s a small, family run team but Alan and Rebecca Smith put their heart and soul into their racing, with the whole team working tirelessly, so they deserve it as much as anyone. It was hard work and I crashed out of the third race but it’s my first crash anywhere this year, so to get to September without falling off is no mean feat. So now we’ll get ready for the ‘Showdown’ and give it our best shot.”
“Obviously I’m gutted we are not in the ‘Showdown’ but we missed two rounds during the season through injury which didn’t help our cause. We came to Silverstone this weekend outside the Showdown top six, so we had nothing to lose. In Saturday’s race I rolled the dice with the tyre choice and came in sixth; then I could have had a better result in the second race in the dry. I made a change to the settings mid-race and it caught me out and I missed a gear. The last race was wet and we’ve been fast in the wet. We found a good set-up and I felt confident. There was a crash on the first lap that I nearly got caught up with, but I just tried to manage the race and worked my way through from last to second. There were only seven finishers and I wasn’t one of them.”
The Superstock class (BSB STK) race saw a double podium for the BMW riders. Josh Elliott (Tyco BMW Motorrad) set the fastest race lap and crossed the line in second place while Michael Rutter (Bathams SMT Racing) was third on the rostrum. Adam Jenkinson (Northern Escalator Installations) completed the top-eight.
Two races were held at the 2017 season finale of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) at Grobnik. In both classes, however, the title was decided after only the first races on Saturday – and in both classes, the champion’s crown went to a BMW rider. Michal Filla (Dominator Racing Team) is the new champion in the Superbike class (AARR SBK). In the Superstock class (AARR STK), Michal Prášek and his Rohac and Fejta Motoracing Team celebrated their third consecutive title win.
For Filla, third place in Saturday’s Superbike race was sufficient to secure the title. That race was won by fellow BMW rider Karel Hanika (EKO IVRacing BMW CSEU) who had started from pole position and also set the fastest race lap. Hanika was also victorious in the wet second race on Sunday. Christopher Kemmer (Bertl K. Racing Team) joined him on the podium in third. Filla was seventh. Prášek was crowned champion with another win in Saturday’s Superstock race. In Sunday’s race two, BMW rider David Božič (BS Motorsport Racing Team) secured a podium position by finishing second. Champion Prášek settled with seventh.
For the BMW teams in the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship (AMA), the ninth and penultimate round of the 2017 season took place at the New Jersey Motorsports Park at the weekend. Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance) finished the two Superbike class races in 11th and 13th respectively. Jason DiSalvo (Scheibe Racing / Hayes Brakes) crossed the line in 13th and 15th positions.
The MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) BMW S 1000 RR racers’ next event was the race at Autopolis. Daisaku Sakai (BMW Motorrad 39) crossed the line in 16th, while Yuta Kodama (Tone RT Syncedge 4113) was 25th.
The penultimate round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) was held at the Sydney Motorsport Park. The NextGen Motorsports team entered two bikes this time, a BMW HP4 for Lachlan Epis and the RR of regular rider Troy Guenther. In race one, Epis was 16th and Guenther 19th. In the second race, Guenther crossed the line in 16th, while Epis failed to finish.
6th Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad)
8th Jakub Smrz (Llyod & Jones PR Racing BMW)
9th Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing)
12th Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing)
15th Martin Jessopp (RidersMotorcycles.com BMW)
DNF Andy Reid (Tyco BMW Motorrad)
7th Christian Iddon 8th Peter Hickman
13th Jakub Smrz
DNF Andy Reid
DNF Martin Jessopp
DNS Lee Jackson
5th Jakub Smrz
7th Lee Jackson
DNF Christian Iddon (+ fastest race lap)
DNF Peter Hickman
DNF Martin Jessopp
2nd Josh Elliott (Tyco BMW) (+ fastest race lap)
3rd Michael Rutter (Bathams SMT Racing)
8th Adam Jenkinson (Northern Escalator Installations)
12th Dean Hipwell (CDH Racing)
14th Sam Coventry (Llyod & Jones PR Racing BMW)
15th Ashley Beech (Jones Dorling Racing)
17th Tom Tunstall (Integro)
19th Rob McNealy (McNealy Brown ltd)
22nd Matt Truelove (Astro-TT Racing)
25th Sam West (PRL Worthington)
28th James Edwards (RTS Racing)
31st Phil Wakefield (PWR)
33rd Darren Ibbertson (I.M.5 Racing)
DNF Dominic Usher (One7R / Formwise)
DNF Chrissy Rouse (Mission Racing)
DNF Joshua Boyd (Jones Dorling Racing)
DNF Barry Teasdale (Bob Henderson Racing)
1st Karel Hanika (EKO IVRacing BMW CSEU)(+ fastest race lap)
3rd Michal Filla (Dominator Racing Team)
7th Mike Wohner (Dunlop Racing)
8th Rene Gebetsroither (Rene #64 Racing Team)
10th Christian Wiesinger
DNF Christopher Kemmer (Bertl K. Racing Team)
DNF Martin Choy (EKO IVRacing BMW CSEU)
1st Karel Hanika (+ fastest race lap)
3rd Christopher Kemmer
6th Rene Gebetsroither
7th Mike Wohner
8th Michal Filla
10th Christian Wiesinger
DNF Martin Choy
1st Michal Prášek (Roháč & Fejta motoracing team) (+ fastest race lap)
8th David Božič (BS Motorsport Racing Team)
10th Mario Matušenski
DNF Nenad Ljilja
2nd David Božič
7th Michal Prášek
11th Mario Matušenski
DNS Nenad Ljilja
11th Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance)
13th Jason DiSalvo (Scheibe Racing/Hayes Brake)
13th Sylvain Barrier
15th Jason DiSalvo
16th Daisaku Sakai (BMW Motorrad 39)
25th Yuta Kodama (Tone RT Syncedge 4413)
16th Lachlan Epis (NextGen Motorsports Team)
19th Troy Guenther (NextGen Motorsports Team)
16th Troy Guenther
DNF Lachlan Epis