BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Santa Cruz do Sul, 23/11/2014, Moto 1000 GP / Campeonato Brasileiro de Motovelocidade
The racing season is already over in Europe and the majority of international championships also. In the Brazilian Superbike Championship the privateer BMW motorcycle riders are still in the thick of the title fight.
At the race in Brazilian Santa Cruz do Sul, the Frenchman Matthieu Lussiana claimed pole position on his S 1000 RR and victory in the GP 1000 class and, in doing so, reclaimed the championship lead. The title will now be decided on December 14 in the final race at Cascavel, Brazil.
Lussiana leads the riders’ classification by nine points and is satisfied with his performance: “It was very hot today, which is why the tyre wear was very high. I couldn’t run at the pace I did in qualifying, but I had was fast. Especially in the opening laps. After Ribodino overtook me, I stayed cool and waited for the right moment to pass him again. I’m very happy that I could keep the title race alive until the final round and that I have retaken the championship lead.”
In the GP Light class, the Brazilian Lucas Teodoro finished fourth on his BMW S 1000 RR – also entered by Team BMW Motorrad Alex Barros Racing. He only just fell short of his second victory in this class, but the racer from São Paulo was handed a drive-through penalty for an alleged jump-start, which turned out to be a mistake afterwards.
After serving the penalty, Teodoro returned to the track in tenth place and started an exemplary comeback ride. “Unfortunately I was given a drive-through penalty,” said the 18-year old. “My pace was great. If I hadn’t been given the penalty I would have been fighting for the win.”
In the title battle and in preparation for the final weekend at Cascavel, Lussiana, Teodoro and Petronas Alex Barros Racing are supported by the experts from BMW HP Race Support.