BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 25/09/2018, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The number of titles won by BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders in the 2018 season has risen to four: Florian Brunet-Lugardon has been crowned champion for the second time in a row in the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU). In the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC), BMW racers achieved a top-seven lock-out at the season finale at Frohburg.
Kenny Foray dominated the final races of the season in the French Superbike Championship (FSBK). There were also podium results in the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) and the Italian National Trophy 1000 (INT). You can find all results of the weekend in an overview below.
The title recipient in the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC) was already known: Danny Webb of the Wepol Racing by Penz13 team had already been crowned champion at the penultimate round of the season at Hořice. The iconic Frohburger DreieckRace then formed the 2018 season finale. BMW racers dominated proceedings with a top-seven lock-out in the first of the two scheduled races on Sunday. Race two was cancelled due to poor weather.
Conditions were already wet for race one, however, that did not prevent the BMW S 1000 RR riders from showing what they are capable of. They occupied all the top-seven positions. The three podium spots all went to Wepol Racing by Penz13 team riders with champion Webb once again emerging triumphant. The two guest starters, Derek Sheils and Davey Todd, finished second and third. They were followed in positions four to seven by Didier Grams (G&G Motorsport by BMW Motorrad), Marek Červený (Wepol Racing by Penz13), Erno Kostamo (Markka Racing) and David Datzer (D & M Road Racing).
The top six places in the final championship standings are held by BMW racers; Webb is champion, Grams runner-up and Kostamo third, Červený ended the season in fourth place, with Datzer fifth and Jamie Coward (Wepol Racing by Penz13) sixth.
Albi was the venue for the finale of this season's French Superbike Championship (FBSK). Tecmas Racing Team's Kenny Foray enjoyed another perfect weekend, with two pole positions, two wins and two fastest laps. Despite that he missed out on the title by just twelve points, ending the season in second place.
Both races ended with BMW one-twos: Foray won both, ahead of Mathieu Gines (Team MDS) both times. In the Superbike Challenger class (SBK Ch), Maxime Bonnot (Tecmas Racing Team) finished second and first (eighth and seventh overall).
"It was a really good weekend because we won both races and we made the extra points for the pole positions and the fastest race laps, but it was not enough to win the title this year. Congratulation to Jeremy Guarnoni; he had an incredible season. A big thank you goes to my Tecmas Racing Team for all the support. I am really happy with the season. We won six races and we secured many pole positions and fastest laps. So thanks to everybody and see you soon."
Florian Brunet-Lugardon went into the finale of the 2018 French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) at Albi as the hot favourite - and successfully wrapped up the defence of his title in the first of the two races. The BMW racer from the Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise team claimed his second championship win in a row. Brunet-Lugardon's eighth place in race one was sufficient to ensure that he could no longer be caught by title rival and fellow BMW rider Jonathon Germany. Germany ended the season with second place in the championship.
The main protagonists in race one were the other BMW riders: Alexandre Leleu and Maxime Pellizotti claimed a one-two for the BMW S 1000 RR. Léo Challamel and Julien Brun came home fourth and fifth, with Germany sixth.
The newly-crowned champion ended the season in style in race two. Brunet-Lugardon took his fourth win of the year and was joined on the podium by runner-up Leleu. Brun, Challamel and Germany finished fifth, sixth and seventh.
The Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) held its penultimate event of the 2018 season in Mugello. BMW riders claimed two podium results. Alex Bassani (DMR Racing) finished runner-up in the second of the two races, ahead of team-mate Luca Vitali in third. Vitali had previously come home fourth in race one, with Bassani sixth.
The Italian National Trophy 1000 (INT) was also at Mugello for its penultimate round of the 2018 season. Two BMW racers made it onto the podium: Remo Castellarin was runner-up with Luca Salvadori in third. Federico D'Annunzio finished fourth, narrowly missing out on the podium by just five-hundredths of a second. The race was a real thriller, with the first four riders crossing the finish line within just 0.3 seconds.
There was another finale this week when at MotoAmerica (MA) the final two races of the year were held at the Barber Motorsports Park. Three BMW riders started in the Superbike class (MA SBK). Danny Eslick (Scheibe Racing) finished sixth twice. Geoff May (CCFOfficeSolutions.com) was twelfth and ninth. Ben Young (Ben Young Racing), who is a regular rider and second in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK), came home 13th and tenth.
In the Superstock class (MA STK), Travis Wyman (Weir Everywhere Racing) finished fifth in the final race of the season. Wyman ended the year in second place in the championship.
1st Danny Webb (Wepol Racing by Penz 13)
2nd Derek Sheils (Puraglobe Racing Oil by Penz13.com)
3rd Davey Todd (Puraglobe Racing Oil by Penz13.com) (+ fastest race lap)
4th Didier Grams (G&G Motorsport by BMW Motorrad)
5th Marek Červený (Wepol Racing by Penz 13)
6th Erno Kostamo (Markka Racing)
7th David Datzer (D & M Road Racing)
9th Jamie Coward (Wepol Racing by Penz 13)
10th Kamil Holan (Mc Race)
13th Rico Löwe (GERT56 by rs speedbikes)
14th Juha Kallio (Markka Racing)
23rd Paul Manx (Manx Racing)
1st Kenny Foray (Tecmas Racing Team) (+ fastest race lap)
2nd Mathieu Gines (TEAM MDS)
8th Maxime Bonnot (Tecmas Racing Team) (2nd SBK Ch)
DNF Matthieu Lussiana
1st Kenny Foray (+ fastest race lap)
2nd Mathieu Gines
7th Maxime Bonnot (1st SBK Ch)
DNF Matthieu Lussiana
1st Alexandre Leleu
2nd Maxim Pellizotti
4th Léo Challamel
5th Julien Brun
6th Jonathan Germany
8th Florian Brunet-Lugardon (Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise)
10th Eric Dubray
11th Cyril Brunet-Lugardon
15th Madjid Idres
16th Hernani Teixeira
17th Laurent Beguelin
21st Pascal Birbes
24th Eddy Nay
1st Florian Brunet-Lugardon (+ fastest race lap)
2nd Alexandre Leleu
5th Julien Brun
6th Léo Challamel
7th Jonathan Germany
8th Cyril Brunet-Lugardon
9th Eric Dubray
10th Madjid Idres
12th Hernani Teixeira
14th Laurent Beguelin
20th Eddy Nay
DNF Maxim Pellizotti
DNF Pascal Birbes
4th Luca Vitali (DMR Racing)
6th Axel Bassani (DMR Racing)
12th Alex Bernardi (DMR Racing)
13th Francesco Ciacci (DMR Racing)
2nd Axel Bassani
3rd Luca Vitali
11th Alex Bernardi
14th Francesco Ciacci
2nd Remo Castellarin
3rd Luca Salvadori
4th Federico D'Annunzio
5th Agatino Alex Sgroi
6th Alessandro Polita
12th Federico Napoli
18th Fabio Larini
21st Nicola Scagliarini
25th Stefano Marcaccioli
27th Gabriele Pierni
28th Paolo Guzzo
31st Dante Del Vecchio
DNF Lorenzo Renaudo
DNS Alberto Butti
6th Danny Eslick (Scheibe Racing)
12th Geoff May (CCFOfficeSolutions.com)
13th Ben Young (Ben Young Racing)
6th Danny Eslick
9th Geoff May
10th Ben Young
5th Travis Wyman (Weir Everywhere Racing)