BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Valencia, Spain, 18/11/2015, FIM CEV Superbike European Championship
Champagne shower at the end of the season: At the final race of the 2015 FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV), the BMW riders laid claim to the podium once again. Maximilian Scheib and Adrián Bonastre rode onto the podium on their BMW S 1000 RRs at the season finale in Valencia, Miguel Ángel Poyatos rounded off the strong team result in fourth place.
In the overall standings of this high-calibre international championship, three BMW riders finished the season in the top five. And Eeki Kuparinen won the title in the privateer standings (CEV AM).
The 11th and final race of the season in the Superbike class was held at the CEV finale in Valencia. After the top results they celebrated at the previous race weekends, the BMW riders were favourites to finish on the podium once again in Valencia. And they lived up to these expectations. With three BMW S 1000 RRs in the top four spots, they delivered another strong BMW overall result.
The BMW Express was once again led by the young Chilean Maximilian Scheib, who contested his third race weekend on the boxmotos.com Easyrace SBK RR. Despite a fall in the second qualifying session when he lost control of his bike on new tyres, Scheib qualified in third place on the front row of the grid.
In the race on Sunday afternoon, the riders at the front went at breakneck speed. While champion Carmelo Morales led the field, behind him Scheib and Bonastre were embroiled in a three-way battle with Robertino Pietri. However, he fell as he tried to keep up with the high speed of the BMW riders. After 19 laps, Scheib crossed the finish line in second place. This was Scheib's fourth podium position in the fifth race that he contested on the RR.
"It was a fantastic end to the season," said Scheib. "The race wasn't exactly easy. Right from the start there were numerous changes of position between Adrián, Pietri and myself. In the end, I took second place, which is a great result. Thanks to all my sponsors who gave me this amazing opportunity to contest the final races of the season. I hope that I can develop in this high-calibre championship next season."
Scheib's team-mate Adrián Bonastre also finished on the podium on his RR, in third place. This was Bonastre's fifth podium position of the season.
Miguel Ángel Poyatos rounded off the outstanding overall result for the RR. The Spaniard, who once again stood in for the injured Iván Silva at Targobank Motorsport, finished in fourth place. This saw three BMW S 1000 RRs finish in the top four spots. Scheib and Poyatos also claimed the one-two result in the privateer standings.
The BMW riders also achieved respectable results in the overall standings of this international championship with a strong field: Five BMW riders were among the top nine riders, three of them even made it into the top five. Bonastre's podium position at the finale in Valencia saw him move up one place and secure second place overall. This was his aim for the weekend.
"The team was focussed on the overall standings and the runners-up title all weekend. However, I didn't want to think about it too much and put myself under pressure. I concentrated on riding at a good pace," explained Bonastre. "I have always dreamed of getting a top result such as the runners-up title. And now it was there, the moment of truth in which I was able to fight for it."
"I really went on the attack on the first few laps, but then I played it a bit more safely," he said. "Pietri, Maximillian and I swapped positions several times. I was second when I noticed that Pietri had fallen. Then I was able to relax, since I knew I would finish on the podium and I had achieved my goal of finishing in second place in the championship. I would also like to congratulate Maximilian, who delivered a fantastic performance on the three race weekends in which he competed. My thanks go to the whole team, who have done an outstanding job throughout the entire year, and to all the sponsors who made this project possible."
Targobank Motorsport rider Silva, who was unable to compete in the final three race weekends after fracturing his leg, finished in fourth place overall, Eeki Kuparinen (Motomarket Racing) is fifth. On the three race weekends in which he raced, Scheib picked up enough points to finish seventh overall, and Poyatos, who was standing in for Silva, finished in ninth place.
The battle for the title in the privateer standings remained thrilling right down to the finale. BMW rider Kuparinen took the lead in the final spurt of the season and travelled to Valencia with an advantage of eight points over his rival Pierre Texier. The Finn was fully focussed on maintaining this advantage and outpacing his rivals in the overall standings.
The Motomarket Racing rider was successful. Kuparinen finished the race in Valencia as the seventh-fastest privateer (ninth overall). This was enough for the Finn to clinch the title in the privateer standings with an advantage of seven points. This saw the 24-year-old Finn celebrate the greatest success of his career to date.
"What a wonderful day! We will enjoy it before we return to work tomorrow," celebrated Kuparinen. "Thanks to everyone who stood by me and supported me this season, which has come to such a fantastic end."
In the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, Kuparinen currently holds ninth place. Bonastre made it into the top 15: He is now 13th. However, the scores are not yet final since bonus points are still to be awarded to all competitors for championship titles and pole positions won, among other things.