BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Jerez, Spain, 23/09/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The long break is over: The BMW riders in the FIM Superbike World Championship and FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) entered the finishing straights in their respective seasons in Jerez, Spain. Superbike rider Ayrton Badovini bounced back from his crash in Malaysia to finish in the points again. Roberto Tamburini triumphed in the Superstock class to keep his title hopes alive.
After the overseas races in the USA and Malaysia, and a seven-week summer break, the Superbike World Championship returned to action in Europe. The motorcycling hotbed of Jerez, in southern Spain, hosted the 11th of this season’s 13 rounds last weekend.
BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team rider Ayrton Badovini had used the long break from racing to recover from the big crash he suffered in Malaysia at the start of August. He returned to the track on his BMW S 1000 RR for the first time in Jerez. After Friday’s practice sessions, in which the team primarily focussed on the race set-up, he was in an optimistic frame of mind. However, the rest of the race weekend did not pan out as he had hoped. Despite working flat-out, Badovini and his crew were unable to find the ideal set-up for the track in Andalucia. Following the Superpole qualifying on Saturday, he found himself starting from the sixth row of the grid. He did manage to pick up points in both races on Sunday, but had hoped for more than just 15th place in race one and 14th in race two.
Despite this set-back, Badovini is confident he will return to form on the final two race weekends in Magny-Cours and Qatar. “We’ve tried many different solutions, but haven’t found the way to resolve our setting issues. Of course, I’m not happy, but I’m also not worried as I realise that these problems are only an issue at this track,” he stressed.
The team stayed on in Jerez on Monday to complete a one-day test. Badovini took the opportunity to test various new components. His goal for the run-in is to get back in the top five as the best rider from a privateer team.
Gábor Rizmayer of BMW Team Tóth ended the two races in Jerez in 18th and 16th. His team-mate Imre Tóth finished 20th in both races.
The Superstock riders had had to wait even longer before they could climb back onto their bikes in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. Three months had passed since the last race in Misano before they started the final spurt in Jerez with the seventh of the season’s eight rounds.
BMW rider Roberto Tamburini impressed once again with another sensational display. He secured pole position on his Motoxracing BMW S 1000 RR in qualifying. He then left his mark on Sunday’s race, leading from start to finish to claim a dominant victory. Tamburini pulled clear of the field at the start, and eventually crossed the finish line with a lead of nearly 4.7 seconds after 15 laps of racing.
Tamburini has won three of the season’s seven races so far, and has made a further three appearances on the podium. His only set-back came in the form of a crash in Assen, which was through no fault of his own. Victory in Jerez keeps the Italian’s hopes of winning the title alive. In the overall standings, he now trails leader Lorenzo Savadori by 25 points. He still has a mathematical chance of winning the title in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, should he win the finale in Magny-Cours.
Among the 33 riders who competed in the Superstock 1000 race in Jerez, Tamburini was joined by a further four riders on BMW S 1000 RRs. Federico D’Annunzio (FDA Racing Team) finished tenth to claim the last of the top-ten positions. Matthieu Lussiana, who is the favourite to win the title in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP Championship (MT1GP), came home 16th on the RR fielded by the ASPI team. Eric Vionnet (Motos Vionnet) was 20th, while Gauthier Duwelz (TR. Corse) failed to finish.