BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Malaysia, Japan, USA, Germany, 16/09/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
This week’s news in brief: BMW Motorrad privateers were once again in action on various continents at the weekend. They were successful in the Malaysia Superbike Championship and also raced in the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship, as well as the season finale of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series. In the International Road Racing Championship, Sébastien le Grelle wrapped up the title with races still to come. And IDM champion Markus Reiterberger raffles off his championship-winning helmet for a good cause.
The Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur hosted the third event of the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) last weekend. Three races were held in each of the individual classes, with BMW privateers again tasting success.
In Superbike Class A, Colin Butler finished third (third overall) on his BMW S 1000 RR to claim a spot on the podium in race one. He then came home fourth (fourth overall) in races two and three.
In Superstock Class A, Nasarudin Mat Yusop was the best of the BMW riders with two fifth places (fifth overall). Hansur Rizal Nur Sastra also finished fifth in both the class and overall on his RR.
The MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) was in Japan at the weekend. Autopolis was the venue for the fifth race of the season in the Superbike class. The best-placed BMW rider was Daisaku Sakai, who came home 14th on the BMW S 1000 RR run by the CONFIA Flex Motorrad39 team. His team-mate Shinya Takeishi followed him over the finish line in 15th place. Koji Teramoto finished 16th on the Tras135HP team’s RR. His team-mate Yuuta Kodama failed to finish.
The inaugural season of the new MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series (AMA) has drawn to a close: the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville (US) hosted the final round of the 2015 season last weekend. The fans were treated to another two eventful races in the Superbike/Superstock category.
The opening race was suspended after eight laps, following a crash. While the teams and rivers prepared themselves for the re-start, light rain started to fall. Nine laps were completed after the re-start. Steve Rapp was the best-placed BMW rider: he finished 11th overall and seventh in the Superstock class (AMA STK). Newly-crowned champion of the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK), Jordan Szoke, made a guest appearance in New Jersey on his BMW S 1000 RR. The Canadian came home 15th overall and ninth in the Superstock class. The third BMW rider in the field, Jeremy Cook, was 23rd overall and 16th in the STK class.
Race two was held over the full 25-lap distance, but a number of riders failed to finish. Rapp improved on his result from race one, crossing the finish line eighth overall and fifth in the Superstock class. Cook and Szoke were not classified.
Sébastien le Grelle, his Herpigny Motors team and BMW Motorrad Belux celebrated the title in the International Road Racing Championship 2015 (IRRC) with races remaining. Le Grelle secured the championship at the fifth and penultimate race event of the season in Horice, Czech Republic. The circuit was completely new territory for the rider and team, but they wasted little time in finding a perfect set-up for the BMW S 1000 RR for the requirements. Le Grelle finished runner-up in the first of the two races. He then went one better in race two, taking an early lead before going on to complete a comfortable victory.
This success took his points tally to 219 – enough to wrap up the title. He now holds an unassailable lead of 72 points with two races remaining. Le Grelle has led the overall standings from the very first event of the year. The season finale will take place in Frohburg on 26th and 27th September. This weekend, le Grelle and Herpigny Motors are in Assen for the next round of the BeNeCup.
Champion Markus Reiterberger has come up with something special for the season finale in the International German Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM): an auction in aid of his old Kindergarten. The Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider is raffling off his helmet, with which he rode in this season‘s IDM and made a wildcard appearance in the WSBK in Misano this year. The winner will also receive two tickets to the IDM finale from 25th to 27th September at the Hockenheimring, where they will be guests of Van Zon-Remeha-BMW in the team’s hospitality and will be given an exclusive insight into what goes on behind the scenes on a race weekend. The champion’s helmet will also be presented to the winner at the Hockenheimring.
Anyone wishing to enter the draw must simply make a donation, of any size, to Reiterberger’s old Kindergarten - Kinderstadl Liedering. Anyone making a donation – regardless how much – to the donation account, is automatically entered into the draw. It is also possible to take part via E-mail. All proceeds will go to the Kindergarten. This inclusive Kindergarten is for children with and without disabilities. The draw will take place on Monday 21st September. You can find all the information on the draw and the bank details on Reiterberger’s website: www.markus-reiterberger.com