BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 11/11/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The BMW S 1000 RR has proven to be a winning bike in every corner of the planet: the 2015 season has already seen BMW Motorrad Motorsport customers win championships on three different continents. We’d like to introduce seven BMW riders who have been crowned champions this year – in Europe, North America and South America.
Markus Reiterberger claimed the first title of the season for the BMW S 1000 RR on 9th August in Assen, Netherlands: the 21-year-old Bavarian was crowned champion of the International German Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM) with races to spare. Following his success in 2013, this was the second title for the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider in this series, which features a high-class field.
Reiterberger was in a league of his own in this year’s IDM. He and the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW team soon managed to develop the new BMW S 1000 RR into a genuine winning machine. Even the success weight – at times up to seven kilograms – that Reiterberger had to load onto his bike over the course of the season could not stop him. “Reiti” won 12 of this year’s 16 races. He finished runner-up in each of the remaining four races, ensuring he was an ever-present on the podium. Reiterberger also claimed five pole positions from the eight race weekends. By the end of the penultimate round of the season in Assen, he had already amassed so many points that he could no longer be caught at the finale in Hockenheim. Reiterberger’s results were also instrumental in BMW winning the IDM Manufacturer title in 2015.
BMW rider Roland Resch was also crowned champion in the Superbike class of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR SBK) on 9th August – again with races still to come. Resch raced from win to win on the reitwagen-racing-team’s BMW S 1000 RR. This was the 31-year-old Austrian’s first title in the AARR. Last year, he ended the season second overall on his RR.
Resch showed he would be a force to be reckoned with in 2015 at the opening round of the season, claiming a win, a second place and a new lap record at the Adria Raceway. The Austrian continued his successful start throughout the rest of the season, finishing on the podium in each of the eleven races. Resch won five times in total, adding four runner-up finishes and two third places in the remaining races. He wrapped up the championship at the penultimate event at the Hungaroring. He was also crowned champion in the Austrian national championship, which incorporates results from the AARR.
He is undoubtedly “Mr. Superbike” in Canada: Jordan Szoke. The 36-year-old produced a perfect, record-breaking season in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK). After a long injury break, he bounced back emphatically in the saddle of his BMW S 1000 RR – and dominated proceedings from the first to the last race. In the end, Szoke was crowned champion for the tenth time at the finale in Bowmanville on 16th August.
Seven races, seven wins: that is Szoke’s impressive record on the RR run by the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team this season. He has now racked up a total 52 Superbike wins in total, thus bettering his own CSBK record. He is also the only rider in the 35-year history of the CSBK to win the championship ten times, and the only rider to win every race in one season.
Two titles went to BMW riders in this season’s Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship: while Resch won the Superbike class, Michal Prášek was crowned champion in the Superstock class (AARR STK). The 26-year-old Czech rider from the Rohac and Fejta Motoracing Team secured the title in a thrilling finale at the Slovakiaring on 13th September.
The BMW S 1000 RR was the dominant bike in the Superstock class, with the BMW riders battling it out among themselves for the title this season. Prášek opened his account with a brace of wins at the Adria Raceway in Italy on the opening race weekend of the season. He won four of the year’s twelve races, finishing second five times and third once.
The next title for the BMW S 1000 RR followed in Brazil on 25th October: Matthieu Lussiana was crowned champion at the penultimate round of the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP (MT1GP) series. The Frenchman started the year as the defending champion on the BMW S 1000 RR run by the BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing Team, and is once again been the man to beat in 2015. Even before the season finale on 29th November, Lussiana’s lead in the championship is so great that he can no longer be caught.
Seven races have already been held in this season’s MT1GP, with 27-year-old Lussiana setting a blistering pace. His record over the course of these seven races: five wins, two runner-up finishes, seven fastest laps, and four pole positions. He looks set to add to this list of success at the final round in Curitiba at the end of November.
Belgium’s Vincent Lonbois claimed a title treble this season. Riding a BMW S 1000 RR run by the BMW Motorrad Racing Team Herpigny Motors, he was crowned champion in the BeNeCup, the Belgian national championship, and the ONK Dutch open championship.
In the BeNeCup, a new join championship run by the Belgian and Dutch associations, Lonbois won eight races on his RR, adding a second and three third places. Through these results, he also scored points towards the Belgian national championship (he claimed ten wins, two runner-up finishes and three third places here) and the ONK (eight wins, two seconds and three third places).
Lonbois’ team-mate Sébastien le Grelle won the title in the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC) on his BMW Motorrad Racing Team Herpigny Motors RR. His record: seven wins, two seconds and a third place.
Next weekend could see another name added to this list of champions. Valencia hosts the final race of the season in the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV). BMW rider Eeki Kuparinen goes into the finale with an overall lead of eight points in the privateer competition (CEV AM).