BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Curitiba, Brazil, 02/09/2015, Moto 1000 GP / Campeonato Brasileiro de Motovelocidade
BMW Motorrad privateer Matthieu Lussiana enjoyed another perfect weekend in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP (MT1GP STK GP) series. He bagged maximum points on his BMW S 1000 RR, run by BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing, at the fifth event of the season in Curitiba. The Frenchman secured pole position, claimed his fourth win of the season, and set a new track record to clock the fastest lap of the race. The BMW rider extended his overall lead in the championship.
As early as qualifying, defending champion Lussiana made it crystal clear that anyone wishing to win in Curitiba would first have to get past him. He secured his third pole position of the season with an advantage of almost four tenths of a second. In the race itself, he rode flawlessly to lead from the word go and complete a comfortable win.
Throughout the 18 laps of the 3.659-kilometre “Autódromo Internacional do Curitiba”, Lussiana was in a class of his own on the BMW S 1000 RR. Right from the start he set about pulling clear of the field and clocked the fastest lap of the race on lap two – a new Superbike record of 1:19.990 minutes. The BMW rider continued to leave the rest of the field in his wake, eventually crossing the finishing line with a lead of over eight seconds.
“It was an excellent race. I was fast from the word go in practice. The bike was outstanding,” said Lussiana afterwards. “In the race, I managed to pull clear early on and set a good pace. We were able to solve the problem of the bike losing a little performance when it is very hot. Everything went perfectly. After opening up a healthy lead, I was able to bring the race home without any trouble.”
His Argentinean team-mate Luciano Ribodino, stepping in for the injured Sébastian Porto on the second BMW S 1000 RR fielded by BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing, finished fifth. Victor Moura (M2B Racing) was the best-placed Evo rider in seventh place.
Lussiana picked up the maximum 27 points for the second time this season – 25 for the win, one for pole position and one for the fastest race lap. Therefore, he extended his lead in the overall standings. Lussiana now has 128 points to his name – a lead of 48 points over his long-term rival Diego Pierluigi. Pierluigi finished one lap back in ninth place in Curitiba, after skidding off the track following an overtaking manoeuvre. There are now three rounds remaining this season.
Lussiana made up valuable ground in the race for the title in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy: his fourth win of the season saw him climb to third place. Canadian BMW rider Jordan Szoke continues to lead the competition.
Three BMW riders competed in the GP Light class (MT1GP STK LT) in Curitiba. Márcio Pereira (MS Racing Team) came home fifth after 16 laps of racing. Mauricio Paludete (Sport Plus Racing) was eighth, while Luciano Donato (BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing) failed to finish.