BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 16/12/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
BMW Motorrad Motorsport can look back on a magnificent 2015. The global BMW Motorrad Motorsport family has grown even larger, with the number of participants in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy rising by over 50 per cent to 104. At the same time, the privateer BMW riders and teams have enjoyed success aplenty all over the world.
The impressive balance in 2015 reads: 81 victories, 248 podium finishes and six titles on five continents. As such, the BMW customer teams did their bit to secure BMW Motorrad’s outstanding position in national and international motorcycle racing, and proved that the BMW S 1000 RR is one of the most competitive Superbikes in the world.
A mighty 12 wins and 16 podiums came courtesy of Markus Reiterberger, who dominated proceedings on the Van Zon-Remeha BMW S 1000 RR in this season’s SUPERBIKE*IDM, wrapping up the title with races still to come.
In the Canadian Superbike Championship, Jordan Szoke (Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team) was unbeatable, with seven wins from seven races. He claimed his tenth title in this series.
Matthieu Lussiana continued his winning run in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP series, where he successfully defended his title before the end of the season. Riding for the BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing Team in 2015, he won five of the season’s seven races on his RR, finishing on the podium in the remaining two. He also won two races at the end of 2014, which also fell within the scoring period for the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. That proved sufficient for Lussiana to win the 2015 Race Trophy.
In the Superbike class of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship, Roland Resch (reitwagen-racing-team) made it onto the podium in all 11 races. He climbed onto the top step of the podium on five of these occasions. He also wrapped up the title with races to come.
Another man to pick up a title on the BMW S 1000 RR this year was Michal Prášek (Rohac and Fejta motoracing Team) in the Superstock class of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship. The Czech rider won four races and claimed a total of nine podium finishes.
Champion number six on the RR is Eeki Kuparinen. The Finn from the Motomarket Racing Team won the title in the Privateer class of the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship. His record for the season: one win and six podiums.
BMW riders and teams achieved many other outstanding successes in 2015. Roberto Tamburini (Motoxracing) was in with a shout of the title in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup right down to the end of the season. He ended the year in second place overall with three wins and a total of six podium finishes to his name. Tamburini also finished runner-up in the Italian Superbike Championship CIV.
Adrián Bonastre (boxmotos.com Easyrace SBK Team) and Iván Silva (Targobank Motorsport) were regulars on the podium in the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship. Together, they picked up ten podium finishes on the RR, including one win. Bonastre ended the season in second place overall.
In the French European Bikes Championship, the RR riders were again a regular feature on the podium – particularly Florian Brunet-Lugardon (Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise). He stepped onto the rostrum on ten occasions, four times as the winner. He also ended the season in the runner-up spot. His brother and team-mate Cyril claimed eight podium finishes, including one win.
In the British Superbike Championship, two of the six Title Fighters took to the track on the BMW S 1000 RR: Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell of the Tyco BMW team. Together, they scored two race wins and seven podiums in this fiercely-contested championship. No other bike won as many races in the Superstock class of the BSB as the BMW S 1000 RR. The top step of the podium featured an RR rider on seven occasions: Alastair Seeley four times, Hudson Kennaugh three times. The same pair also amassed a total of 16 podium finishes.
Rico Penzkofer’s BMW Motorrad France Team Penz13.com enjoyed a strong debut season in the Superbike class of the FIM Endurance World Championship. The team impressed with fastest laps and outstanding race performances, mixing it with the more established teams at the front of the field.
Finnish BMW duo Pekka Päivärinta and Kirsi Kainulainen (44-Racing) were among the contenders for the title in the FIM Sidecar World Championship. They rode their way onto the podium on eight occasions and were in the thick of a thrilling battle for the World Championship title, which went right down to the final race.
The BMW S 1000 RR continues to enjoy great success on the international road racing scene too. BMW privateers Lee Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Michael Dunlop and Peter Hickman claimed victories and podiums at such iconic events as the North West 200, the Isle of Man TT and the Ulster Grand Prix.
The road racing season drew to a close with another historic triumph: the first victory for BMW at the famous Macau Grand Prix. Peter Hickman, Martin Jessopp and Michael Rutter claimed a sensational one-two-three for the RR to produce an all-BMW podium.
BMW riders and teams racked up many more victories and podiums over the course of the season to make 2015 a truly magnificent year for BMW Motorrad Motorsport.