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Munich, Germany, 06/06/2018, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy

Isle of Man Tourist Trophy

Dunlop and Hickman win at the Isle of Man

The first two 1000cc races of this year’s Isle of Man Tourist Trophy are over – and the top step of the podium was occupied by a BMW road racer on both occasions. Michael Dunlop won Saturday’s Superbike race for the Tyco BMW team. Monday’s Superstock race produced a one-two for the BMW S 1000 RR: Peter Hickman from the Smiths Racing Team claimed his first win on the Isle of Man, with Dunlop taking second place. Meanwhile, BMW riders were also in action in the MotoAmerica (MA) series at Road America at the weekend. You can find all results of the weekend in an overview below.

Isle of Man Tourist Trophy.

Isle of Man Tourist Trophy.

The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy began with a shock for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family. Tyco BMW rider Dan Kneen was killed in a crash during Superbike qualifying on Wednesday evening. Together with Kneen’s family, the team made the decision not to withdraw from the event. Instead, the team and rider Michael Dunlop took its place in the race in Kneen’s honour.

The first 1000cc race was the Superbike race on Saturday. It ended with victory for Dunlop – his 16th win on the Isle of Man. The keys to this success were two perfect pit stops and Dunlop’s determination. David Johnson (Gulf BMW) finished fourth. Michael Rutter (Bathams Racing) was fifth, with Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles BMW) seventh. Philip Crowe (HandTrans-John Chapman Racing) also finished in the top-ten in ninth place.

In Monday’s Superstock race, it was the turn of Peter Hickman, of the Smiths Racing Team, to join the list of TT winners. “Hicky” took his maiden win on the Isle of Man, despite dropping back to tenth place following a mistake on the opening lap. This served as the catalyst to a spectacular fight-back from Hickman, who clocked an average speed of 134.403 mph (216.301 km/h) to set a new lap record enroute to his first Isle of Man win. Dunlop had to settle for second place that time. Johnson was fourth again, with Rutter, Jessopp and Sam West (PRL Worthington) sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

Michael Dunlop:
“I wanted to do something in Dan’s memory and that win is for his family. It’s hard to celebrate this win – it’s been a hard week. I struggled at the start of the Superbike race and it took me time to settle. I had a bit of a problem with the rear end but I got my rhythm going and the Tyco BMW team have done a great job.“

Philip Neill (Team Manager Tyco BMW):
“This has been a very emotional week for everyone involved; the loss of Dan is heart-breaking. The best thing we could do was help Michael put the Tyco BMW on the top step of the podium in dedication to Dan. Total respect to our crew in delivering the fastest ever pitstop and to Michael for his commitment. I know Michael had a smile on his face when reading his pit board on the final lap delivered by Dan’s partner Leanne with a tribute 55 alongside the P1.”

Peter Hickman:
“Sitting here now as a TT winner feels pretty good! I thought I’d fluffed it at the start though when I overshot on the way into Braddan and I had to stop, reverse and then turn around again before I could get going and I must have lost 15 seconds at least. After that, I got my head down and it’s probably the hardest I’ve ever ridden around here whilst the wind also caught me out a couple of times over the Mountain as it was constantly changing direction. I’ve been fast on the Superstock bike all week and clawed my way back up to third at the end of the first lap, so I thought I was still in with a chance. I just got my head down and rode as hard as I could so this means a lot to me, my family and the team.”

This Friday, the BMW road racers round off the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy with the Senior TT. The race week has been overshadowed by another fatal crash in the 600cc class. Scotland’s Adam Lyon was killed in an accident in Monday’s Supersport race. The thoughts of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport community are with his family, friends and team.

MotoAmerica at Road America, USA

Road America hosted the MotoAmerica (MA) series at the weekend. BMW rider Danny Eslick (Scheibe Racing) finished sixth and eighth in the two Superbike races (MA SBK). In the Superstock class (MA STK), Travis Wyman (Weir Everywhere Racing) secured his third pole position in a row, however, he then failed to finish the race. Timothy Bermisderfer (Big’un Motorsports) was eighth.

Results Isle of Man TT:

Superbike race Saturday:

1st Michael Dunlop (Tyco BMW)
4th David Johnson (Gulf BMW)
5th Michael Rutter (Bathams Racing)
7th Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles BMW)
9th Philip Crowe (HandTrans-John Chapman Racing)
11th Sam West (PRL Worthington)
12th Jamie Coward (Team Penz13.com BMW Motorrad)
14th Derek Sheils (Team Penz13.com BMW Motorrad)
17th Rob Hodson (JGH Racing)
19th Stefano Bonetti (Speed Motor)
20th Kamil Holan (McRace)
21st Danny Webb (Penz14 BMW by PSi Leathers)
24th Björn Gunnarsson (Alternativ1 MC)
25th Julien Toniutti (Team 2B – Moraco / Martimotos)
26th David Hewson (Obsession Engineering Ltd.)
27th David Jackson (The People’s Bike)
29th Ian Pattinson (Weardale Racing)
30th Davy Morgan (DM71)
31st Darren Cooper (NW Racing)
34th Charles Rhys Hardisty (The People’s Bike)
35th Paul Potchy Williams (Potchy’sMOT Station)
DNF Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)
DNF Brian McCormack (Vanfleet Transport)
DNF Daley Mathison (Eddie Stobart Racing)
DNF Dominic Herbertson (WH Racing)
DNF Daniel Cooper (IMP Cross Engineering)
DNF Mark Parrett (C & C Ltd IOM)
DNF Michael Sweeney (MJR Racing)
DNF Craig Neve (Jackson Academy)
DNF Michael Evand (Wilcock Consulting)

Superstock race Monday:

1st Peter Hickman (+ fastest race lap / new lap record)
2nd Michael Dunlop
4th David Johnson
6th Michael Rutter
7th Martin Jessopp
8th Sam West
11th Daley Mathison
12th Dominic Herbertson
13th Brian McCormack
14th Craig Neve
17th Philip Crowe
18th Rob Hodson
19th Mark Parrett
20th Michael Sweeney
21st Danny Webb
22nd Andrew Dudgeon (Team Slick Performance Racing)
24th Stefano Bonetti
28th Darren Cooper
29th Michael Evans
30th Daniel Cooper
35th David Hewson
36th Ian Pattinson
38th Julien Toniutti
42nd Eric Wilson

Results MotoAmerica, Road America – Superbike class:

Race 1:

6th Danny Eslick (Scheibe Racing)

Race 2:

8th Danny Eslick

Results MotoAmerica, Road America – Superstock class:

Race:

8th Timothy Bemisderfer (Big’un Motorsports)
DNF Travis Wyman (Weir Everywhere Racing)

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