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BMW Motorrad Motorsport

Munich, Germany, 20/09/2017, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy

EWC: Podium celebrations at the Bol d’Or.

Sensational start into the new endurance season

The FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) 2017/18 season has started with a great result for the BMW teams: at the Bol d’Or at Le Castellet, Wepol BMW Motorrad by Penz13.com raced to second place on the podium, and a total of three BMW S 1000 RRs finished the endurance classic in the top five positions.

In the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), Jordi Torres of the Althea BMW Racing Team claimed a sixth and a fifth place in the Portimão races. The British Superbike Championship (BSB) was in action at Oulton Park at the weekend, with two podium finishes for the BMW riders in the Superstock class. At Sepang International Circuit, Muhammad Farid Badrul Hisam extended his overall lead in the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC). You can find all results from the respective championships in an overview below.

FIM Endurance World Championship at Le Castellet, France

The 81st edition of the legendary Bol d’Or at Le Castellet in Southern France marked the 2017/18 season curtain raiser in the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC). Five private BMW teams, supported on site by BMW Motorrad Motorsport, were in the strong field of nearly 60 teams. Three of them finished the 24-hour endurance classic in the top five, securing a fantastic result for the BMW racing family.

The BMW array was led by team Wepol BMW Motorrad by Penz13.com that had returned to the EWC for a one-off appearance – and celebrated second place on the podium. Team Principal Rico Penzkofer formed his squad for the Bol d’Or at very short notice, with Markus Reiterberger, Alessandro Polita and Danny Webb sharing duties on the #13 BMW S 1000 RR. Starting from 11th on the grid, the team worked its way towards the front over the 24 hours. After 21 hours, they had reached the podium positions, running in third, and then in the 23rd hour, they further improved to second place. Reiterberger held the position until he crossed the line on the RR.

Team Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC also gave an impressive performance. The young team, with riders Stefan Kerschbaumer, Jan Bühn and Lucy Glöckner, debuted in the EWC Superbike class and fought for the podium to the chequered flag. Glöckner gave her all to secure third place for the #48 RR. After an exciting finish, the team was fourth, missing the podium only by 0.9 seconds. The top five were completed by another BMW, the #21 RR of IVRacing BMW CSEU, ridden by Karel Hanika, Fabrizio Lai and Julian Mayer. The other two BMW teams retired during the race: Tecmas Team BMW and LRP Poland.

Markus Reiterberger:
“I’m really happy. Second place at the Bol d’Or is a result none of us had expected. We hoped for it and we knew we could get it if everything worked well. In the beginning, we had a problem with the starter relay and dropped several positions but we fought back and in particular my both team-mates from road racing did a brilliant job. It all worked really well and our consistency was the key to success in this race. It was superb team work and a really great weekend.”

Alex Polita:
“I’m really happy, because the Bol d’Or was my first endurance race and the first on a race track in a long time. We had a problem in the night practice and it was difficult to ride in the dark, but in the race we could push with our team mates. To finish on the podium here makes me really happy.”

Danny Webb:
“It is an amazing feeling, to stand up there and see all the people and get to spray champagne; it’s an incredible feeling. I haven’t had this for a while and to do it at World Championship level is just incredible. We were an outstanding team, Alex, Reiti and the whole team. I want to say thank you for the opportunity.”

Rico Penzkofer:
“I’m more than pleased with this result. This time lady luck was on our side and others had the bad luck, but in a few weeks’ time it’s not important - you just look at the results. I’m happy we could show what we are capable of. We know that Markus is always fast, but what Danny and Alex showed was amazing. They didn’t know the track and both rode in the dark for the first time. It makes me really happy that they were able to set such fast times.”

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at Portimão, Portugal

The tenth round of the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) was held at Portimão in the south of Portugal. On the challenging track, Jordi Torres of the Althea BMW Racing Team secured two strong results. He finished Saturday’s race in sixth and was fifth on Sunday. His team-mate Raffaele De Rosa ended the first race in 11th but failed to finish race two.

FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship at Portimão, Portugal

Portimão also hosted the seventh race of the 2017 FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000). Sébastien Suchet of the Berclaz Racing Team was the highest placed BMW rider, crossing the line in seventh. His team-mate Federico Sandi was again fighting for the podium but had to retire due to a technical issue.

Federico Sandi:
“Of course I am not happy because, like in the previous races, I had the podium in reach, but that is racing. I am a little bit disappointed but our performance makes me positive for the coming rounds in France and Spain.”

British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park, Great Britain

With the tenth round of the 2017 British Superbike Championship (BSB) at Oulton Park the “Showdown” for the title began. One of the six riders fighting for the championship crown is BMW racer Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW). He was unlucky in race one that was held in mixed conditions. Hickman was third after the opening lap but then dropped some places. When the race was red-flagged after 15 laps, he had to settle for eighth. In race two, Hickman crossed the line in fourth place. In the overall standings, he is currently fifth, 41 points behind leader Leon Haslam (Kawasaki). Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) also secured a top-ten finish in the tricky conditions with ninth in race two.

In the Superstock class (BSB STK), two races were held at Oulton Park and on both occasions, a BMW rider stepped onto the podium. In the first race, Chrissy Rouse (Mission Racing) finished third. He was followed by three more BMW racers in the top-six: Michael Rutter (Bathams SMT Racing) was fourth, Adam Jenkinson (Northern Escalator Installations) fifth and Josh Elliott (Tyco BMW) sixth. In race two, it was Elliott’s turn to ride onto the podium in third. Jenkinson was seventh and Rutter eighth that time.

Malaysia Superbike Championship in Sepang, Malaysia

The 2017 Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) resumed at the weekend with the fourth and penultimate round at Sepang International Circuit. In the Superbike class (MSC SBK), Muhammad Farid Badrul Hisam (HKM Times Bike Racing Team) made a huge step towards winning the title. He was second in race one and added another victory to his tally in the second race. With those results, the BMW rider extended his overall lead and has the best title chance when the final round is held in November.

There was also a podium finish for a BMW rider in the Superstock class (MSC STK). Shahrulnizam Ramli (Kakikloudkartel Racing Team) was third in race two. In the first race he had finished tenth. Nasarudin Mat Yusop (BMW Motorrad Malaysia Team) crossed the line in fifth both times.

MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship at the Barber Motorsports Park, USA

The 2017 season of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship (AMA) drew to a close with the final round held at Barber Motorsport Park. Jason Di Salvo (Scheibe Racing / Hayes Brakes) ended the season with two strong results, claiming eighth place in first race and fifth in race two. Martin Biernacki (MB Motorsports Racing) crossed the line in 12th and 11th positions.

Results FIM Endurance World Championship at Le Castellet:

Bol d’Or:

2nd #13 WEPOL BMW Motorrad by Penz13.com (Markus Reiterberger, Alessandro Polita, Danny Webb) (2nd SBK class)
4th #48 Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC (Stefan Kerschbaumer, Jan Bühn, Lucy Glöckner) (4th SBK class)
5th #21 IVRacing BMW CSEU (Karel Hanika, Fabrizio Lai, Julian Mayer, Martin Choy) (5th SBK class)
DNF #9 Tecmas Team BMW (Kenny Foray, Julien Da Costa, Camille Hedellin, Matthieu Lussiana) DNF #90 LRP Poland (Bartlomiej Lewandowski, Jaroslav Cerny, Patryk Kosiniak, Samuel Trépanier)

Results MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championshipat Portimão:

Race 1:

6th Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team)
11th Raffaele De Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team)

Race 2:

5th Jordi Torres DNF Raffaele De Rosa

Results FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship at Portimão:


7th Sébastien Suchet (Berclaz Racing Team)
11th Julian Puffe (MF84 Althea)
12th Federico D’Annunzio (FDA Racing)
13th Riccardo Cecchini (2R Road Racing)
17th Eric Vionnet (Motos Vionnet)
22nd Emanuele Pusceddu (D.K. Racing)
DNF Marco Faccani (Althea BMW Racing Team)
DNF Federico Sandi (Berclaz Racing Team)

Results British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park – Superbike class:

Race 1:

8th Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing)
12th Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing)
13th Jakub Smrz (Llyod & Jones PR Racing BMW) DNF Martin Jessopp (RidersMotorcycles.com BMW)
DNF Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad)

Race 2:

4th Peter Hickman
9th Christian Iddon
13th Jakub Smrz
15th Lee Jackson
16th Martin Jessopp

Results British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park – Superstock class:

Race 1:

3rd Chrissy Rouse (Mission Racing)
4th Michael Rutter (Bathams SMT Racing)
5th Adam Jenkinson (Northern Escalator Installations)
6th Josh Elliott (Tyco BMW)
12th Dean Hipwell (CDH Racing)
13th Joe Collier (Team IMR)
15th Sam Coventry (Llyod & Jones PR Racing BMW)
16th Barry Teasdale (Bob Henderson Racing)
17th Tom Tunstall (Integro)
18th Rob McNealy (McNealy Brown ltd)
20th Ashley Beech (Jones Dorling Racing)
23rd Sean Neary (Evolution Waste Management / 2 Works)
25th Phil Wakefield (PWR) 28th Richard White (Onsite Constructors BMW)
30th Christopher Green (Go Green Racing)

Race 2:

3rd Josh Elliott
7th Adam Jenkinson
8th Michael Rutter
12th Chrissy Rouse
13th Joe Collier
14th Dean Hipwell
15th Sam Coventry
18th Rob McNealy
20th Tom Tunstall
22nd Christopher Green
25th Richard White
DNF Barry Teasdale
DNF Ashley Beech
DNF Phil Wakefield
DNF Sean Neary

Results Malaysia Superbike Championship at Sepang – Superbike class:

Race 1:

2nd Muhammad Farid Badrul Hisam (HKM Times Bike Racing Team)
6th Mohd Najuib Alias (HKM TimesBike Racing Team)
10th Mohd Rehan Rosli
12th Tashyuddin Choo
13th Mohamad Masoni Pitri

Race 2:

1st Muhammad Farid Badrul Hisam
7th Mohd Najuib Alias
9th Tashyuddin Choo 1
0th Mohd Rehan Rosli 1
2th Mohamad Masoni Pitri

Results Malaysia Superbike Championship at Sepang – Superstock class:

Race 1:

5th Nasarudin Mat Yusop (BMW Motorrad Malaysia Team)
10th Shahrulnizam Ramli (Kakikloudkartel Racing Team)
11th Dominic Chang (SportsRider Racing Team)
15th Benoit Goeuriot
DNF Linggam Ramoo (HKM TimesBike Racing Team)

Race 2:

3rd Shahrulnizam Ramli
5th Nasarudin Mat Yusop
15th Benoit Goeuriot
DNS Dominic Chang
DNS Linggam Ramoo

Results MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship at the Barber Motorsports Park:

Race 1:

8th Jason DiSalvo (Scheibe Racing/Hayes Brake)
12th Martin Biernacki (MB Motorsports Racing)
DNS Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance)

Race 2:

5th Jason DiSalvo
11th Martin Biernacki
DNS Sylvain Barrier