BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Sao Paulo, Brazil and Austin, US, 13/04/2016,
The Superbike Series Brasil (BRSBK) is a new racing series in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. The championships kicked off the 2016 season last weekend in Interlagos, Sao Paulo. In the thick of the action were six BMW Motorrad Motorsport racers. They picked up a race win and a podium finish for the BMW S 1000 RR at the opening round. An exciting race saw four RR riders finish in the top four. A great start to the season!
Danilo Lewis produced a stunning race on the Tecfil Racing Team’s RR to claim top spot on the podium. Lewis is in his first season on the RR. He prepared for the opening round of the season with outings in the Copa Pirelli Superbike Brazil, during which he became increasingly familiar with his new bike.
His road to victory in Interlagos was far from easy, however. Lewis was unable to take part in Friday’s practice session, and then had to settle for seventh place in Saturday’s Superpole. Lewis had one clear approach to Sunday’s race: all-out attack. A courageous ride saw him work his way through the field – and he moved into the lead in the final corner before crossing the finish line first with a lead of 0.221 seconds.
His fellow BMW rider Sebastiano Zerbo (new in the BMW Motorrad Alex Barros Racing team) was also in contention for the win right down to the final corner. He ultimately finished third to take the final spot on the podium – just five thousandths of a second behind runner-up Diego Faustino and 0.226 seconds behind Lewis. Another BMW rider completed the top four: Diego Petrel.
The 2016 season of the Motoamerica FIM/AMA North American Road Racing Series (AMA) started on the big stage: the first race of the year was held as part of the MotoGP weekend at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, in the US state of Texas.
As he did last year, Steve Rapp flew the flag for BMW Motorrad Motorsport. The first race had to be suspended due to oil on the track and was then reduced to just five laps. Rapp came home 11th overall and seventh in the Superstock class (AMA STK). He then finished 13th overall (eighth in the Superstock class) in race two.