BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 30/05/2018, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The BMW racers continue their run of success in international and national championships. Their haul from the weekend: five wins and a total of 13 podiums. In the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), Loris Baz secured a front row grid position at Donington Park and finished in the top ten in both races. At the same track, Markus Reiterberger celebrated his third win of the season in the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship. Roberto Tamburini finished on the podium for the fourth time in the fourth race of the season.
The races in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship Superbike class (AARR SBK) at Poznan, Poland, ended with a win for Karel Hanika and a podium for Christopher Kemmer. In the Superstock class (AARR STK) Michal Filla won both races, with BMW riders securing the top four positions in race two. Reigning champion Carmelo Morales finished in second place on the podium in the second race of the season in the Spanish Championship (RFME CEV). And at the season opener of the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) at Shannonville, record champion Jordan Szoke, Ben Young and Matt McBride claimed the top three positions for BMW. You can find all results of the weekend in an overview below.
Typical British weather welcomed the 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) riders and teams to the sixth round of the season at Donington Park – with rain on Friday and Saturday. Loris Baz of the Gulf Althea BMW Team was unfazed by the wet conditions. The Frenchman finished the first practice session in third place; he set the eighth fastest time overall on Friday, making it straight into the crucial Superpole 2. As the third-fastest in that qualifying session, he secured a position on the front row of the grid. Baz finished the two races in positions seven and ten.
“In the wet, I had good feeling with my bike, which was behaving well. I’m pleased to have scored the first front row start for BMW in five years. I felt very confident with the qualifying tyre, and we have made good progress with the bike, but nevertheless the front row came as a pleasant surprise. I knew the race would be tougher; when you start from the front row you always hope you can fight for the podium but unfortunately that wasn’t possible. I still had some grip issues and, although I tried my best, I gradually lost ground, losing a few tenths each lap. Overall, P7 in race one was a very good result, considering how things went at Imola. Sunday was a very tough day. We tried a different tyre in warm-up, but we’d need to work more on the bike set-up to be able to use that tyre in the race, so I started the race with a different tyre again, but unfortunately I had no feeling with the front and too much chattering which meant I couldn't go into the turns quickly. Tenth was all we could do. But overall we’ve definitely taken a step forward this weekend though and I hope we can continue in this vein in Brno.”
Fourth race of the season in the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000) – and third win of the season for alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW Team's Markus Reiterberger. The BMW S 1000 RR rider had another perfect weekend at Donington Park. Reiterberger secured pole position with a record time and set a new lap record in his dominant start-to-finish victory. Fellow BMW rider Roberto Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team) continued his run of finishing on the podium in Great Britain and after three second places, he finished in third place on the podium this time. Jan Bühn (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW) and Eric Vionnet (MOTOS VIONNET) also finished in the top ten, in eighth and tenth place. Reiterberger’s win sees him extend his lead in the championship. With 86 points, he now has a ten-point lead over second-placed Tamburini.
“We modified the chassis slightly during warm-up to make the tyres last better over the distance. It worked perfectly. The motorcycle was well-balanced, easy and consistent to ride, and that was the key to success at Donington. It was a fantastic weekend; everyone in the team did an impeccable job. We were able to extend the lead in the championship to ten points again, and that is important. Now I’m looking forward to Brno – a really great track on which we will go on the attack again.”
The Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) headed to Poznan in Poland for its second event of the 2018 season. Karel Hanika in the Superbike class (AARR SBK) celebrated his first win of the year. The Mercury Racing Team rider won the second race on Sunday on his BMW S 1000 RR. Christopher Kemmer (Bertl K. Racing Team) joined him on the podium, finishing in third place. Hanika finished the first race in fourth place, with Kemmer finishing in sixth place.
In the Superstock class (AARR STK) BMW rider Michal Filla (BMW Sikora Motorsport) remains the dominant man. He won both races, getting the fastest race lap in each and celebrating his third and fourth wins of the season. In race one, his team-mate Bartlomiej Wiczynski finished second to clinch a one-two finish for BMW. Michal Šembera (TME racing team) finished fourth.
In the second race in the Superstock class, BMW riders claimed the top four positions. Behind Filla in second place was Arnaud Friedrich (Team LRP Poland), third place on the podium went to Michal Prášek (Rohac and Fejta motoracing team). Wiczynski crossed the finish line in fourth place.
The Spanish Championship (RFME CEV) held its second race of the 2018 season at the “Circuit de Catalunya” near Barcelona. Reigning champion Carmelo Morales, of the Graphenano EasyRace SBK Team, picked up more important points for 'Mission Defend Title'. After his win at the opening race, BMW rider Morales finished in second place on the podium this time around.
The 2018 season started in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) with the top three positions going to BMW riders. The field was led by record champion and defending champion Jordan Szoke, who continued his run of success and set the pace at the first race weekend of the new year at Shannonville. Szoke secured pole position on his BMW S 1000 RR in action for the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike team and won the race with a clear lead of 5.73 seconds. Second place on the podium went to BMW rider Ben Young (Ben Young Racing), and Matt McBride rounded off the one-two-three finish in third place.
7th Loris Baz (Gulf Althea BMW)
10th Loris Baz
1st Markus Reiterberger (+ fastest race lap / new lap record)
3rd Roberto Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team)
8th Jan Bühn (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW)
10th Eric Vionnet (MOTOS VIONNET)
13th Luca Salvadori (Berclaz Racing Team)
DNF Alessandro Delbianco (Gulf Althea BMW Racing Team)
4th Karel Hanika (Mercury Racing Team) (+ fastest race lap)
6th Christopher Kemmer (Bertl K. Racing Team)
10th Ireneusz Sikora (BMW Sikora Motorsport)
12th Mike Wohner (Dunlop Racing)
13th Bartlomiej Lewandowski (Team LRP Poland)
14th Rene Gebetsroither (PSV Wels)
DNF Gorski Maciej (Gorski Racing)
1st Karel Hanika
3rd Christopher Kemmer
10th Ireneusz Sikora
11th Rene Gebetsroither
12th Bartlomiej Lewandowski
14th Mike Wohner
18th Gorski Maciej
1st Michal Filla (BMW Sikora Motorsport) (+ fastest race lap)
2nd Bartlomiej Wiczynski (BMW Sikora Motorsport)
4th Michal Šembera (TME racing team)
6th Piotr Falat (Piotr Falat Racing)
7th Dominik Juda (TME racing)
8th Grzegorz Hanuszewicz (LRP Poland)
9th Bartlomiej Moranski (BMP Motors)
10th Jaroslav Szczesny (LRP Poland)
DNF Arnaud Friedrich (Team LRP Poland)
DNF Michal Prášek (Rohac-Fejta Motoracing Team)
1st Michal Filla (+ fastest race lap)
2nd Arnaud Friedrich
3rd Michal Prášek
4th Bartlomiej Wiczynski
7th Michal Šembera
8th Piotr Falat
9th Grzegorz Hanuszewicz
10th Dominik Juda
11th Bartlomiej Moranski
12th Jaroslav Szczesny
2nd Carmelo Morales (Graphenano EasyRace Team)
DNF Roberto Blazquez (Castromaroto Racing Team)
DNF Julian Miralles (ESP / Graphenano EasyRace Team)
1st Jordan Szoke (Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team) (+ fastest race lap)
2nd Ben Young (Ben Young Racing)
3rd Matt McBride
5th Samuel Trepanier (Blysk Racing)
6th Jeff Williams
7th Marcel Irnie (Irnieracing)
DNF Rainer Griese
DNF Michael Leon (Royal Distributing Racing Team)