BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Brazil, Australia, Germany, 30/09/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The week’s other stories: after second place in Goiânia, BMW rider Matthieu Lussiana can wrap up the title in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP series with races to spare. The AustralAsian Superbike Championship was in Wakefield last weekend. And the BMW road racers were in dominant form at the famous “Frohburger Dreieckrennen”.
In the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP series (MT1GP STK GP), BMW rider Matthieu Lussiana took another step towards successfully defending his title. In Goiânia, he finished runner-up to claim a spot on the podium in the sixth of the season’s eight races. As a result, the BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing rider could be crowned champion for the second time in a row at the coming round in Santa Cruz on 25th October.
Lussiana caught the eye in the warm-up on Sunday in Goiânia. A time of 1:23.605 minutes saw him set a new lap record on his BMW S 1000 RR. In the race itself, the Frenchman produced a captivating fightback after the start did not go to plan. Starting from second on the grid, Lussiana initially fell back to seventh place. “I had a problem with the clutch and the bike stalled when I switched into second gear,” he reported.
However, it did not take long for him to work his way back towards the front of the field on his RR. By the end of the second lap he was back in third place. His third lap was the fastest of the race, in a time of 1:24.103 minutes. Lussiana did leave the track briefly on lap six, dropping a position in the process, but he continued to put pressure on those ahead of him and soon climbed into second place. However, he was unable to catch his rival at the head of the field, Diego Pierluigi. At the end of the 18 laps, he crossed the finish line in second place, three seconds behind the Argentinean. “I had braking problems at the end and was no longer able to compete with Pierluigi. After setting the lap record in the morning, I was really optimistic. It is a shame not to have won here in Goiânia, but we will do everything in our power to get back on the top step of the podium in Santa Cruz,” said Lussiana.
Lussiana continues to hold a comfortable lead at the top of the overall standings in Moto 1000 GP. He now has 149 points to his name – 43 more than second-placed Pierluigi. As such, he is within touching distance of wrapping up the title before the end of the season. The Frenchman has made up ground again in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, thanks to his most recent podium finish: he is now third.
In the GP Light (MT1GP STK LT) race, Márcio Pereira (MS Racing Team) finished 11th on his RR, while Luciano Donato (BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing) came home 14th.
Last weekend, Wakefield Park hosted the fifth event in the AustralAsian Superbike Championship (AAS). Conditions were far from easy, and there were numerous crashes. The track was slippery, as strong winds repeatedly blew dust onto the circuit. The weather also refused to play ball, as the competitors were faced with showers. BMW privateer Steve Maher was one of the riders to be unfortunate in Wakefield. After good results in the practice sessions for the “Formula XTreme” class, he crashed in qualifying and was unable to start the races.
A number of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Community’s road racers met up at the “53rd International Frohburger Dreieckrennen” last weekend. The iconic event forms the final round of the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC). Frohburg is always a highlight on the road racing calendar: this year, almost 300 participants from 18 countries registered for the race across the various classes.
For team principal Rico Penzkofer, Frohburg is a must. He fielded another high-quality team this time around. Lee Johnston, who had tasted success at this year’s North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix, Michael Rutter and Gary Johnson competed on the BMW S 1000 RRs run by the Penz13.com BMW Motorrad team. Together with the regular BMW riders in the IRRC, they put on a real show of dominance on the RR. The RR riders dominated proceedings in both races in the IRRC Superbike class, as well as the races in the “Open Superbike – Superstock 1000 – Freestyle” class.
Sébastien le Grelle (BMW Motorrad Team Herpigny) had already been confirmed as champion in the IRRC Superbike class even before the series travelled to Frohburg. The Belgian finished on the podium in both races at the season finale, but victory went to other BMW riders this time. Johan Fredriks won race one, securing second place in the championship in the process. Le Grelle was runner-up, while third place went to Michael Rutter. Gary Johnson, Lee Johnston, Didier Grams and Matti Seidel occupied positions four to seven on their RRs. In race two, it was the guest starters in the Penz13.com team that set the pace: Lee Johnston triumphed, ahead of Rutter. Champion le Grelle was third this time, followed by Fredriks, Grams and Seidel.
BMW enjoyed a similarly successful weekend in the “Open Superbike – Superstock 1000 – Freestyle” class. Places one to five all went to RR riders in race one. Fredriks won, followed by Grams, Rico Löwe, Seidel and Lee Johnston. In race two, the RR achieved a top-seven lock-out: winner Grams was followed over the line by Fredriks, Gary Johnson, Löwe, Lee Johnston, Seidel and Rutter.