BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Gemany, 12/06/2018, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
135.452 mph - at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, Peter Hickman secured the win in the prestigious Senior TT with a new world record. In addition, the BMW racers have been successful in Oschersleben, Brno and Canadian Grand Bend at the weekend.
The "German Speedweek" took place at Oschersleben, with the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) 8-hour race and two races in the International German Championship (IDM). The NRT48 - BMW Motorrad team was the best-placed BMW team in the EWC with fourth place. In the IDM, BMW riders claimed a top-three lock-out and Ilya Mikhalchik topped the podium in both races.
The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) and the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000) both visited the Czech city of Brno. Alessandro Delbianco celebrated his first podium finish of the season there in the STK1000. BMW riders secured a top-four lock-out at the second race of the Canadian Superbike Championship 2018 (CSBK) at Grand Bend, led by record champion Jordan Szoke. Yo can find all results of the weekend in an overview below.
British BMW road racer Peter Hickman has won the prestigious Senior TT at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. Hickman had previously won Monday's Superstock race to claim his maiden victory on the Isle of Man. On Friday, he won the Senior TT for the Smiths Racing BMW team, thanks in part to a new lap record on the BMW S 1000 RR.
The Senior TT is contested over six laps and traditionally brings the curtain down on the Isle of Man race week. Hickman set a new record on lap four with an average speed of 134.456 mph (216.385 km/h). However, he still found himself in second place behind Kawasaki rider Dean Harrison until the final lap of the race. Hickman upped the pace even further on the final lap: He became the first rider ever to crack the 135-mph mark on the "Mountain Circuit", taking victory with a new lap record and a lead of two seconds over Harrison. 135.452 mph (217.989 km/h) is the fastest average speed ever set in a road race, making Hickman officially the fastest road racer in the world.
Michael Dunlop (Tyco BMW) finished fourth in the Senior TT. Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles BMW) was seventh, Jamie Coward (Team Penz13.com BMW Motorrad) was eight. Brian McCormack (Vanfleet Transport) also finished within the top-10, crossing the line in tenth. Dunlop had previously won the Superbike race last Saturday. As such, victories in all three 1000cc races at this year's Isle of Man TT went to BMW road racers.
The TT was overshadowed by two deaths. Last Wednesday, Tyco BMW rider Dan Kneen was killed in an accident in qualifying for the Superbike race. On Monday, Scotland's Adam Lyon died after an accident in the 600cc Supersport race.
"What a tough race. Massive credit to Dean Harrison. He was so fast on the first two sectors, so I kept losing time there, but I knew I could eat it back over the mountain and the later part of the course. I am so happy for everyone. I can't thank the team and the sponsors enough. Smiths Racing BMW has given me a mega bike; she's just sweet as a nut over that second half of the circuit. I knew it was all going to come down to that last lap and I had lost a little time due to backmarkers. But what an awesome end to such an emotional TT."
The fourth race of the 2017/18 season in the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) took place as part of the "German Speedweek" at Oschersleben. A total of five BMW teams took part in the eight-hour race. The NRT48 - BMW Motorrad (#48) team of Kenny Foray, Stefan Kerschbaumer and Lucy Glöckner missed out on the podium by just one place. The team gave a strong performance to claim fourth place in their home race. The #21 BMW S 1000 RR of Mercury Racing, ridden by Karel Hanika, Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Barrier crossed the line in 14th position. Filip Altendorfer and Rico Löwe attempted a major feat on the E.INFRA GERT56 by RS Speedbikes team#56 RR: after their team-mate Christof Höfer was injured in a qualifying crash, the two riders shared duties between them, despite soaring temperatures. However, an incident in the final hour of the race saw them forced to retire.
The appearance of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in the Czech city of Brno began promisingly for Loris Baz and the Gulf Althea BMW Team. The French rider completed Friday's first practice session in second place, despite the wet conditions. Baz was in good form when the weather dried up as well, qualifying straight into Superpole 2. He then started Saturday's first race from eighth place. However, a crash on the twelfth lap saw his hopes of a good result evaporate. Baz was able to continue but had to be content with 18th position. He then secured eleventh place in Sunday's race.
The fifth race of the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000) season took place as part of the WorldSBK weekend in Brno. Markus Reiterberger (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW) had dominated Friday's practice session and secured pole position with a new lap record in qualifying on Saturday. It was a wet-weather race on Sunday - and this time, another BMW rider was celebrating. Alessandro Delbianco from the Gulf Althea BMW Team claimed second place, his first podium finish of the season. Reiterberger crossed the line in fourth position. The top ten also included Roberto Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team), who finished in eighth place. Reiterberger still tops the championship standings, nine points ahead of second-placed Maximilian Scheib. Tamburini is third.
"The race went really well. We'd have completed a solid race in dry conditions too I think, but the wet definitely helped us today. I'm really pleased with the result and thank the team for all their great work this weekend. I'm very happy and hope we can continue like this."
"I slid quite badly in the second turn and nearly fell. I was just able to catch it and then I was in second or third for most of the race. I closed the gap to the leaders at the halfway point, but I had some problems towards the end. Fourth place in the rain is OK though, and now we know how to set the bike up for rain to make sure it works better for me. All in all, it was a positive weekend and I am happy with the work we put in. It's just a shame we weren't rewarded as well as we'd have liked."
The second race weekend of the season for the SBK1000 class in the International German Championship (IDM) took place at Oschersleben as part of the "German Speedweek". The BMW drivers celebrated a top-three lock-out on Saturday. The dominant man of the weekend was Ilya Mikhalchik from the alpha-Racing-Van-Zon-BMW team. He secured pole position, won both races and grabbed the lead in the championship.
In Saturday's first race, Bastien Mackels (Wilbers BMW Racing) finished second and Mikhalchiks team-mate Julian Puffe finished third to complete a BMW podium. Mackels then finished third to claim another podium in Sunday's second race.
The BMW S 1000 RR remains the bike to beat in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK). BMW riders had celebrated a top-three lock-out at the season-opener - now they have gone one better, recording a top-four lock-out at the second race of the season at Grand Bend.
Out in front, record champion Jordan Szoke (Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team) and fellow BMW rider Ben Young (Ben Young Racing) put on a thrilling battle for the win. Young moved into the lead during the final phase of the race, but Szoke made the most of his extensive experience. In the final turn, a brave manoeuvre saw him overtake Young and claim his next CSBK victory. Behind Szoke and Young, third place went to BMW rider Samuel Trépanier (Blysk Racing), while Michael Leon (Royal Distributing Racing Team) completed the top-four lock-out for BMW.
1st Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) (+ fastest race lap, new lap record)
4th Michael Dunlop (Tyco BMW)
7th Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles BMW)
8th Jamie Coward (Team Penz13.com BMW Motorrad)
10th Brian McCormack (Vanfleet Transport)
11th Craig Neve (Jackson Academy)
12th Michael Sweeney (MJR Racing)
13th Daley Mathison (Eddie Stobart Racing)
14th Rob Hodson (JGH Racing)
15th Danny Webb (Penz13 BMW by PSi Leathers)
16th Andrew Dudgeon (Team Slick Performance Racing)
24th Julien Toniutti (Team 2B - Moraco / Martimotos)
26th Michael Evans (Wilcock Consulting)
28th David Hewson (Obsession Engineering Ltd.)
29th Ian Pattinson (Weardale Racing)
31st Davy Morgan (DM71)
32nd Darren Cooper (NW Racing)
33rd David Jackson (The People's Bike)
34th Eric Wilson (Obsession Engineering Ltd)
35th Charley Rhys Hardisty (The People's Bike)
39th Paul Potchy Williams (Potchy's MOT Station)
4th #48 NRT48 - BMW Motorrad: Kenny Foray, Stefan Kerschbaumer, Lucy Glöckner - 4th EWC SBK
14th #21 Mercury Racing: Karel Hanika, Jakub Smrz, Sylvain Barrier - 9th EWC SBK
17th #90 Team LRP Poland: Arnaud Friedrich, Bartlomiej Lewandoski, Jaroslav Cerny - 11th EWC SBK
18th #93 Exteria EKO Racing Team: Martin Choy, Ladislav Chmelik, Miroslav Popov - 7th STK Cup
DNF #56 E.INFRA GERT56 by rs speedbikes: Filip Altendorfer, Rico Löwe - STK Cup
18th Loris Baz (Gulf Althea BMW)
11th Loris Baz
2nd Alessandro Delbianco (Gulf Althea BMW Racing Team) (+ fastest race lap)
4th Markus Reiterberger (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW)
8th Roberto Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team) (+ fastest race lap)
10th Emanuele Pusceddu (D.K. Racing)
14th Jan Bühn (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW)
16th Eric Vionnet (MOTOS VIONNET)
18th Dominik Juda (TME Racing)
DNF Luca Salvadori (Berclaz Racing Team)
1st Ilya Mikhalchik (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW) (+ fastest race lap)
2nd Bastien Mackels (Wilbers BMW Racing)
3rd Julian Puffe (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW)
10th Pepijn Bijsterbosch
14th Marc Neumann (Neumann Racing)
15th Philipp Gengelbach
17th Björn Stuppi (Team Bergau)
1st Ilya Mikhalchik
3rd Bastien Mackels (+ fastest race lap)
4th Julian Puffe
13th Philipp Gengelbach
14th Marc Neumann
19th Björn Stuppi
DNF Pepijn Bijsterbosch
1st Jordan Szoke (Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team)
2nd Ben Young (Ben Young Racing) (+ fastest race lap)
3rd Samuel Trépanier (Blysk Racing)
4th Michael Leon (Royal Distributing Racing Team)
7th Jeff Williams