BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 04/10/2017, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
Three wins and a total of five podium finishes sums up the weekend in numbers for the BMW riders. Champion Markus Reiterberger concluded the 2017 season in the International German Championship (IDM) in style, by claiming another double win at Hockenheim. There was also reason to celebrate in the Spanish Championship (CEV), as Carmelo Morales took the win at the Albacete round and extended his overall lead.
In the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000), Italian Federico Sandi raced onto the rostrum at Magny-Cours. But these were not the only series where the BMW racers were in action in at the weekend; they also took to the track in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), the British Superbike Championship (BSB) and the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ). You can find all results from the weekend in an overview below.
At the 11th round of the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), held at Magny-Cours, the weather played a major role. Rain caused tricky conditions, especially on Saturday. Superpole 1 was held in fully wet conditions and Jordi Torres crashed. His team-mate Raffaele De Rosa also struggled in the conditions, and in the end both Althea BMW Racing Team riders had to settle for positions at the back of the grid. At the start of Saturday’s first race, the rain had stopped but the track was still wet, drying slowly. De Rosa crossed the line in 13th position and Torres followed behind in 14th.
Sunday’s second race was held in dry conditions and both Althea BMW Racing Team riders regained their confidence. Again starting from the back of the grid, they put in strong catch-up charges. Both finished the race within the top-ten with Torres in eighth and De Rosa in tenth.
Magny-Cours also hosted the 2017 FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000) – and the weekend saw BMW rider Federico Sandi (Berclaz Racing Team) step onto the podium. The Italian was part of the closely fought leading group and finished third, less than 0.7 seconds behind the winner. It was Sandi’s first podium finish of the season. His team-mate Sébastien Suchet crossed the line in seventh.
“Finally we made it onto the podium. I am very happy. We did a very good job and we have been in the top positions over the entire weekend. On the other hand I am a bit disappointed as maybe the win was possible but the fight at the top was very close. Anyway – it was amazing for us to be on the podium. Thanks to my team, to BMW, to all the partners and all who believe in me.”
For its penultimate round of the 2017 season, the British Superbike Championship (BSB) travelled to the Netherlands’ “Cathedral of Speed” at Assen. It was a difficult weekend with unpredictable weather and treacherous conditions. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing) was the highest placed BMW rider in both races. Starting from 19th on the grid, he finished race one in seventh position. In race two, “Hicky” came home in sixth. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad) crashed in the first race but then was eighth in race two.
It was a champion’s performance to wrap up the season: at the finale of the International German Championship (IDM) at Hockenheim, Markus Reiterberger again secured both pole positions, won both races and set both fastest race laps. The Van Zon-Remeha-BMW Superbike Team rider had already won the title in August, at the fifth of seven rounds.
In race one at Hockenheim, apart from the winning Reiterberger, three more BMW S 1000 RR riders finished within the top-ten. His team-mates Danny De Boer and Jan Bühn were fourth and fifth, while Vincent Lonbois (BEL / Herpigny Motors – BMW Motorrad Belux) crossed the line in seventh. Bühn then stepped onto the podium in race two, securing third place. De Boer and Lonbois followed in fourth and fifth. Dominik Vincon (BMW Stilgenbauer by WDV Motorsport) came home in eighth.
The Van Zon-Remeha-BMW Superbike Team was the dominating squad of the season, securing all pole positions and race wins. Champion Reiterberger ended the season with 13 wins and 345 points to his tally. Bühn finished third in the overall standings with 181 points.
“I had a wheelie at the start of the first race and then I made a mistake when braking into turn two. This allowed Florian Alt to pass me. I studied him riding in front of me and felt that I could go faster than him. In the end, I overtook him and then I could go full speed ahead. It was a nice race. In the second race, I had a decent start and I managed to build a small gap. I soon realised that it was not enough and that I would have to push a bit more - Alt applied a lot of pressure. We experienced some minor problems this weekend but despite that, we secured the double win. It proved that we succeed together even if things are not running perfectly. Thanks to all for a fantastic season.”
After a long summer break, the Spanish Championship (CEV) resumed with the penultimate round at Albacete at the weekend. Carmelo Morales continued where he had left off before the break - on the top step of the podium. The Graphbikes easyRace SBK Team BMW rider secured pole position and then celebrated his second win of the season. In doing so, he extended his overall lead. With two more races to be contested at the final round in Jerez, Morales now has an advantage of 42 points over his closest rival. Pedro Rodriguez (Castromaroto Racing) was fourth, missing the podium by only 0.022 seconds.
“It was a very good weekend for the entire team as we were able to collect a lot of valuable points. But we are taking nothing for granted yet and we have to keep working hard. We are closer now to our goal of being champions and I hope we can finish the season in Jerez by achieving that goal. I want to thank the team, BMW and all our partners for all their work.”
The penultimate round of the 2017 MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) was held at Okayama. BMW rider Yuta Kodama (Tone RT Syncedge 4113) was 24th, while Daisaku Sakai (BMW Motorrad 39) failed to finish the race.
13th Raffaele De Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team)
14th Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team)
DNS Matthieu Lussiana (Team ASPI)
8th Jordi Torres
10th Raffaele De Rosa
DNS Matthieu Lussiana
3rd Federico Sandi (Berclaz Racing Team)
7th Sébastien Suchet (Berclaz Racing Team)
11th Marco Faccani (Althea BMW Racing Team)
13th Julian Puffe (MF84 Althea)
14th Emanuele Pusceddu (D.K. Racing)
16th Eric Vionnet (Motos Vionnet)
19th Federico D’Annunzio (FDA Racing)
20th Maxime Bonnot (Tecmas Racing Team)
21st Riccardo Cecchini (2R Road Racing)
7th Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing)
16th Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing)
17th Martin Jessopp (RidersMotorcycles.com BMW)
18th Jakub Smrz (Llyod & Jones PR Racing BMW)
19th Josh Elliott (Tyco BMW Motorrad)
DNF Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad)
6th Peter Hickman
8th Christian Iddon
16th Martin Jessopp
17th Lee Jackson
19th Josh Elliott
DNF Jakub Smrz
1st Markus Reiterberger (Van Zon-Remeha-BMW) (+ fastest race lap)
4th Danny De Boer (Van Zon-Remeha-BMW)
5th Jan Bühn (Van Zon-Remeha-BMW)
7th Vincent Lonbois (Herpigny Motors – BMW Motorrad Belux)
12th Marko Nekvasil (Wilbers BMW Racing Team)
14th Marc Neumann (Neumann Racing Team)
15th Arnaud Friedrich (Van Zon-Remeha-BMW)
19th Dominik Vincon (BMW Stilgenbauer by WDV Motorsport)
26th Anton Ueland
DNF Björn Stuppi (Team Bergau)
1st Markus Reiterberger (+ fastest race lap)
3rd Jan Bühn
4th Danny de Boer
5th Vincent Lonbois
8th Dominik Vincon
12th Marko Nekvasil
13th Arnaud Friedrich
14th Marc Neumann
23rd Björn Stuppi
DNF Anton Ueland
1st Carmelo Morales (Graphbikes easyRace SBK Team) (+ fastest race lap)
4th Pedro Rodriguez (Castromaroto Racing)
7th Vicente Kruger (Graphbikes easyRace SBK Team)
12th Roberto Blazquez (Castromaroto Racing)
24th Yuta Kodama (Tone RT Syncedge 4413)
DNF Daisaku Sakai (BMW Motorrad 39)