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BMW Motorrad Motorsport

Munich, Germany, 11/04/2018, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy

On winning ways in Spain and Italy

Successful season-opener in RFME CEV, CIV and INT

Successful start to the season in Spain and Italy: the first races of the year in the Spanish Championship (RFME CEV), the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) and the Italian National Trophy 1000 (INT) took place at the weekend. The BMW teams had plenty of cause to celebrate.

In the RFME CEV, champion Carmelo Morales began his title defence with a win. His Graphenano EasyRace team-mate, Julian Miralles, reached the podium in the open class. Luca Vitali also secured a podium finish at the CIV season-opener. In the Italian National Trophy 1000, Federico D'Annunzio and Luca Maurizio Salvadori claimed a one-two result for the BMW S 1000 RR. The new season also started for the BMW riders in the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Racing Championship in Japan. You can find all results of the weekend in an overview below. In addition, the first standings of the 2018 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy are online. You can find the link below as well.

Spanish Championship at Albacete, Spain

Albacete, Spain, hosted the season-opener for the Spanish Championship (RFME CEV) at the weekend. BMW rider Carmelo Morales and the Graphenano EasyRace SBK team arrived in Albacete as reigning champions and Morales showed in the first race that he and his team are taking the title defence seriously. The team used Saturday for fine-tuning the BMW S 1000 RR and Morales secured fourth place in qualifiying. He also announced that his objective was to win the race. The champion proved his point: Morales won the season-opener and also recorded the fastest lap of the race. His team-mate Julian Miralles rounded off the team's success by finishing second to reach the podium in the open class.

Carmelo Morales:
"I am delighted as the first race of the year is normally pretty nervy and it is not easy to win. I was also on the second row of the grid and I didn't get off to a particularly good start but our speed was very good and I was able to fight my way up, place by place. It's always great to win but it is even better to do in such a beautiful race. I would like to thank the team for all their work and I hope that the season will continue in this vein."

Italian Superbike Championship at Misano, Italy

The Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) visited the Adriatic coast for the first race of the year at Misano. BMW rider Luca Vitali kicked off the new season with a podium finish. The DMR Racing rider had to retire early from the first race on Saturday but he improved his performance on Sunday to claim third place with his BMW S 1000 RR. His team-mate Axel Bassani finished fifth in both races. Alex Bernardi, also competing for the DMR Racing team, logged top-ten results both times, finishing eighth and tenth.

Italian National Trophy 1000 in Misano, Italy

The Italian National Trophy 1000 (INT) is a new addition to the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy for 2018. The races in the series are taking place as part of the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV). In the season-opener at Misano, the BMW S 1000 RR racers celebrated a one-two result: Federico D'Annunzio won ahead of his compatriot Luca Maurizio Salvadori. A total of four BMW riders finished in the top five. Remo Castellarin secured fourth place, followed by Alessandro Polita in fifth.

MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship at Motegi, Japan

The MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) season started at Motegi, north of Tokyo (JPN). Many teams used the weekend to prepare for the eight-hour race at Suzuka, including the BMW customer team Tone RT Syncedge 4113 and the two riders Tomoya Hoshino and Atsumi Cocoro. A race took place in two parts, emphasising the endurance character of the event at Motegi. Hoshino finished in eighth and eleventh positions, while Cocoro crossed the line in 20th and 17th.

Results Spanish Championship, Albacete:


1st Carmelo Morales (Graphenano EasyRace Team) (+ fastest race lap)
11th Pedro Rodriguez (ESP / Castromaroto Racing Team)
15th Julian Miralles (ESP / Graphenano EasyRace Team) (2nd place Open class)
DNF Angel Rodriguez (Castromaroto Racing Team)
DNF Roberto Blazquez (Castromaroto Racing Team)
DNS Julio Dominguez (SRT)

Results Italian Superbike Championship, Misano:

Race 1:

5th Axel Bassani (DMR Racing)
8th Alex Bernardi (DMR Racing)
14th Christian Gamarino (Tutapista Corse)
15th Francesco Ciacci (DMR Racing)
DNF Luca Vitali (DMR Racing)

Race 2:

3rd Luca Vitali
5th Axel Bassani
10th Alex Bernardi
12th Christian Gamarino
16th Francesco Ciacci

Results Italian National Trophy 1000, Misano:


1st Federico D'Annunzio (+ fastest race lap)
2nd Luca Maurizio Salvadori
4th Remo Castellarin
5th Alessandro Polita
10th Michele Magnoni
11th Agatino Alex Sgroi
14th Federico Napoli
19th Stefano Marcaccioli
DNF Jacopo Schiro
DNF Tiziano Amicucci
DNF Alberto Butti
DNF Luca Pedersoli

Results MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship, Motegi:

Race 1:
8th Tomoya Hoshino (Tone RT SYNCEDGE 4413)
20th Atsumi Cocoro (Tone RT SYNCEDGE 4413)

Race 2:

11th Tomoya Hoshino
17th Atsumi Cocoro