BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Cascavel, 17/12/2014, Moto 1000 GP / Campeonato Brasileiro de Motovelocidade
Yet another fantastic victory for BMW and the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy: S 1000 RR rider Matthieu Lussiana claims the Brazilian Superbike Championship title in the elite Moto 1000 GP class in the season finale at Cascavel with pole position, fastest race lap and race victory.
The Frenchman, who races for Team BMW Petronas Alex Barros Racing, is the first European to take overall honours in the Brazilian Superbike Championship.
Lussiana celebrated four race wins on his S 1000 RR this season. In addition winning the season finale at Cascavel, he mounted the top step of the podium twice at Santa Cruz do Sul and once at Goiânia. He retook the championship lead from closest rival Wesley Gutierrez after taking pole position and victory during the penultimate race weekend at Santa Cruz do Sul.
Consequently, Lussiana was the man to beat in the season finale at Cascavel. On Saturday he claimed the bonus point on offer for pole position. In addition to the start-to-finish victory, he also recorded the fastest race lap, which brought him yet another bonus point. With 25 points for the lights to flag victory he finished the season as Champion with 147 points and a 16 points ahead of Gutierrez.
“I made a perfect start, but it wasn’t easy at the beginning to pull away from my immediate rivals. Wesley got closer and closer in the opening laps, which meant I had to push really hard, but at the same time not to take too many risks,” said Lussiana.
“I was desperate to win this championship,” added the ambitious racer. “We managed to find a perfect set-up this weekend. The entire team has done a magnificent job and our strategy was just perfect.”
The opening five laps of the final race were extremely close. Eight riders were bunched within less than two second of each other. Including Lussiana’s team mate Lucas Barros. However, shortly after the Frenchman managed to gradually pull away before finally taking the win by 3.6 seconds: “It means a great deal to me to win this championship. The people here in Brazil made me feel very welcome. I feel at home here and would like to thank everybody who supported me.”
Lucas Barros, also racing an S 1000 RR from BMW Petronas Alex Barros Racing, finished the race in 10th position and the championship in twelfth place.
In the GP Light class, Brazilian Lucas Teodoro, who also competes for Team BMW Petronas Alex Barros Racing, took an excellent second place. His team mate and countryman Waguinho Duarte finished the race in seventh. Fernando Neiva from Black Day Racing Team – the third of the privateer BMW motorcycle riders in the GP Light class – was tenth.