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BMW Motorrad Motorsport

Valencia, Spain, 20/04/2016, BMW Motorrad Motorsport FIM CEV Superbike European Championship

Victory and podium

Perfect start to the 2016 CEV

What a start to the 2016 FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV): Chilean youngster Maximilian Scheib claimed his first CEV victory on the BMW S 1000 RR at the season-opener in Valencia, Spain. His new team-mate in the Targobank EasyRace team, Santi Barragán, rounded off a successful weekend with pole position and third place – despite the pre-season preparations being far from ideal.

20-year-old Scheib only joined the CEV last year following the tragic death of Daniel Rivas. Rivas remains firmly in the minds and hearts of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family: in Valencia, the BMW S 1000 RRs raced with stickers bearing the words “7 Rivas”, and BMW Team Proelit DR7 is named after the Spanish rider.

Scheib contested the final five races of the 2015 season, finishing runner-up on four occasions. As part of his preparations for the 2016 CEV, he made a wildcard appearance in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) at MotorLand Aragón a fortnight ago, and finished a fine ninth.

Determined and quick

Scheib is a real young gun, who is utterly determined on his RR. It was this will to succeed that earned him his first victory in the CEV, although the weekend in Valencia had not started brilliantly. He suffered deep grazing when he crashed in practice. Scheib then crashed again in the second qualifying session, but was still able to qualify for the front row of the grid in third place.

His start was also far from ideal, with two wheelies initially costing him two positions. However, Scheib then set his sights on the front of the field and was soon embroiled in a thrilling battle with pole-sitter Barragán. He consistently set fast lap times, but showed the necessary maturity and tactical prowess to pace himself and save his tyres. When last year’s champion Carmelo Morales suffered a puncture, there was nobody else to stand in the way of Scheib’s first victory in the CEV.

“I am so happy,” said the Chilean. “The team did a fantastic job this weekend and we were set up perfectly for the race. We managed to maintain the tyres’ performance right through to the finish. That was the key.”

Scheib returned to Chile on the Monday following the race. He had spent the previous four weeks in Spain, and could hardly wait to return to his family.

Operating table, university, pole, podium

His new team-mate Barragán was also in top form in Valencia – and that despite having suffered a serious set-back during his pre-season preparations. The 29-year-old Spaniard, returning to the CEV after a year away, broke his collarbone in the middle of March. Instead of testing, he was operated on in hospital. A few days later he made himself available as a test subject for sports students at university.

In Valencia, Barragán showed emphatically that he is a force to be reckoned with this season. He set the fastest time in both qualifying sessions on his BMW S 1000 RR, and was in contention for the win until he went wide and dropped back with just a few laps remaining. He eventually came home third to take his place on the podium alongside team-mate Scheib.

Bonastre stands in for Sardanyons

The third-best BMW rider was Adrián Bonastre. He raced for the Proelit DR7 team in Valencia, where he stood in for the injured Joan Sardanyons. Bonastre ended the hard-fought race in sixth place. Pedro Rodriguez came home tenth on the Proelit DR7 team’s second RR, earning him fourth place in the privateer classification.

Roberto Blazquez (ARC Competición) finished 15th on his RR (eighth in the privateer class). Finnish BMW rider Valter Patronen (Motomarket Racing) was unfortunate: he crashed in the second qualifying session and broke his hand. The entire BMW Motorrad Motorsport family wishes him a speedy recovery!