BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Jerez, Spain, 04/11/2015, FIM CEV Superbike European Championship
The BMW racers continued on their path to success in the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV). At the penultimate race weekend of the 2015 season in Jerez, they claimed four of the six podium positions up for grabs on their BMW S 1000 RRs. Three RRs crossed the finish line in the top four in both races. The BMW riders also dominated the privateer standings, in which Eeki Kuparinen extended his lead in the championship.
New addition Maximilian Scheib caused another stir at the “Circuito de Jerez”. At the Andalusian circuit, the young man from Chile contested only his second race weekend on the boxmotos.com Easyrace SBK Team BMW S 1000 RR. Scheib celebrated second place overall in both races, as well as victory in the privateer standings.
In the first of the two races, Scheib moved into second place early on and built up a big lead over the pack behind to remain unchallenged in this position right down to the end of the race. On his BMW S 1000 RR, Scheib also set the fastest lap of the race in lap one. In race two, Scheib even took the lead temporarily. After 17 laps he was second to cross the finish line once again.
The other podium positions for the BMW S 1000 RR were claimed by Miguel Ángel Poyatos, who was standing in for the injured Iván Silva at Targobank Motorsport, and Scheib’s team-mate Adrián Bonastre. The two of them staged a thrilling duel for third place in the first race. But it was Poyatos who took the spot on the podium. Bonastre finished fourth. In the second race, after a spirited three-way battle with Morales and Scheib, Bonastre claimed the third place on the podium, Poyatos finished fourth. Both wins went to Carmelo Morales, which also saw him lay claim to the CEV Superbike title before the end of the season.
Scheib was pleased with how things went: “It was a fantastic weekend for the whole team. Thanks to the job we did in the practice session, we had a good basis right from the start, and the bike was outstanding. I didn’t get off to the best start in the first race, but it didn’t take long for me to move into second place. However, Carmelo already had a big lead by that point. I would have had to take too many risks to catch him. So I decided to manage my lead over the pack behind me and get a safe second place.”
In the second race he didn’t make use of the electronic riding aids as Scheib went on to report: “I’m not all that used to them so I did much better without them. However, I had a few problems coming out of the corner that cost me a few tenths of a second. That’s why I wasn’t able to defend the lead when Carmelo started his attack. I would have had to ride taking too many risks. But second place was also a fantastic result. Thanks to the whole team for the great job they did, to our sponsors, to BMW Motorrad and all Chilean fans who supported me from afar.”
Finishing in fourth and third, Bonastre moved up into third place in the overall standings. He now has 125 points to his name and trails Roberto Pietri in second place overall by just three points.
Scheib and Poyatos’ results also saw BMW claim a double one-two result in the privateer standings (CEV AM). Scheib got the win among the privateers in both races, Poyatos finished in second place both times in this classification.
Meanwhile, their fellow BMW rider Eeki Kuparinen (Motomarket Racing) extended his overall lead in the privateer standings. In Jerez, the Finn was the fifth-fastest privateer to cross the finish line in both races (seventh and eighth overall). Kuparinen now leads the championship rankings with 156 points and a lead of eight points.
The CEV season finale will be held in Valencia on 14th and 15th November. One race will be held in the Superbike class.