BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Mugello, Italy, 14/10/2015, Italian Superbike Championship / Campionato Italiano Velocità
The 2015 season of the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) drew to a close with more successes for the BMW riders: the finale in Mugello yielded two podiums for the BMW S 1000 RR. Marco Marcheluzzo finished third in Saturday’s rain-dominated opening race. Race two on Sunday saw Roberto Tamburini finish runner-up to round off an impressive season with another podium.
The Tuscan weather refused to play ball in race one on Saturday: heavy rain caused extremely tricky conditions, with standing water on some parts of the track, while the sheer volume of spray made for poor visibility. The result was numerous crashes over the course of the twelve-lap race. Of the 19 riders who started, only eleven reached the finish. Eight crashed out.
BMW rider Marco Marcheluzzo (DMR Racing Team) overcame these perilous conditions: he crossed the finish line third on his BMW S 1000 RR to claim his first podium of the season. Marco Muzio (Maan Motorsport The Black Sheep) also claimed his best result of the season in fifth place. RR riders Francesco Ciacci (Furius Bulls Sibarys) and Alessandro Simoneschi (Tutapista) ended the difficult race in tenth and 11th. Alessio Corradi (DMR Racing Team) was lying in third until the final stages of the race, but then crashed. His BMW S 1000 RR was so damaged that he was not able to participate in Sunday’s race. Denni Schiavoni (2R Racing) and Andrea Poggi also failed to finish. Roberto Tamburini (Motoxracing), who came into the season finale in third place overall, 23 points behind leader Michele Pirro (Ducati) and still with a mathematical chance of winning the title, was unlucky: technical issues meant he was unable to start race one. The RRs of Fabrizio Perotti (Tutapista) and Remo Castellarin also remained in the garage.
The weather improved following the warm-up on Sunday, allowing race two to be held in dry conditions. Tamburini returned to the front of the field, finishing runner-up to claim a fifth podium of the season.
This result propelled the Motoxracing rider into second place behind champion Pirro in the overall standings. This final position is made all the more remarkable by the fact that Tamburini only joined the action later in the season. He did not race at the season-opener in Misano in April, meaning he contested only four of the five race weekends, during which he scored 122 points. Tamburini competed in seven races on his RR, and finished on the podium in five of them: one victory and four second places.
As well as Tamburini, a further seven BMW riders also ended the final race of the season in the points. Perotti, who had started from tenth on the grid, was even in the lead at some point of the race. But on the final laps, tyre wear prevented him from defending the top position and he crossed the finish line in fifth place. Castellarin was ninth, Schiavoni tenth, Muzio 11th and Ciacci 12th. Poggi and Marcheluzzo finished 14th and 15th.