BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Albacete, Spain, 09/09/2015, FIM CEV Superbike European Championship
The BMW riders in the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV) returned from the two-month summer break with a bang: In Albacete (Spain), Iván Silva and Adrián Bonastre got a win and three other podium positions for the BMW S 1000 RR. In the privateer class, Eeki Kuparinen celebrated further success on his RR.
In the first of two Superbike races in Albacete, the top two spots on the podium went to the BMW S 1000 RR. Starting from second place, Iván Silva (Targobank Motorsport) celebrated his first win of the season. He crossed the finish line almost 14 seconds ahead of fellow BMW rider Adrián Bonastre (boxmotos.com Easyrace SBK Team), who finished second to round off the one-two for the RR. At the start of the race, Silva was embroiled in a close duel with polesitter Carmelo Morales (Yamaha). But after the latter fell, Silva had a clear run to victory.
Silva initially held back in the second race, before really going for it. In the second half of the race, he set the fastest lap time of 1:32.307 minutes. After 20 laps, he crossed the finish line in second place, just less than three seconds behind Morales. Bonastre in third also made it onto the podium once again.
“Overall I am feeling extremely positive after this weekend,” said Silva afterwards. “We return home with a win and a second place. However, I am most pleased that we made further progress this weekend and are still in with a good chance in the championship. The track conditions weren’t great in the first race, but I had a good start and took the lead after turn six. After Carmelo’s fall, I decided to ride at my own rhythm, try not to make any mistakes and finish the race safely. And that was what I did. The start in the second race wasn’t as good and I had to fight my way back to the front. It wasn’t enough to catch Carmelo, but I rode at a good speed. Now we will keep fighting to win the title.”
In the CEV Superbike championship standings, Silva in second overall closed the gap between himself and front-runner Morales. With 107 points to his name, he reduced his deficit to Morales (133) to 26 points. The duo’s battle for the title promises to be an exciting one. Bonastre is in third place in the overall standings with 72 points.
In the title showdown between the privateers, BMW rider Eeki Kuparinen (Motomarket Racing) regained a great deal of ground. He finished sixth and seventh in Albacete, which saw him finish in second and third in the privateer classification (CEV AM). With 108 points, the Finn moved up from third to second place in the championship rankings – and he now trails the current leader by just two points.
Albacete hosted the fourth race weekend of the season. Three events with a total of five races remain.