BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Nogaro, France, 27/04/2016, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The BMW riders in the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) claimed an almost perfect haul. The second race weekend of the 2016 season, in Nogaro, saw them claim five of the six spots on the podium. Saturday’s opening race produced a one-two-three for the BMW S 1000 RR, while an impressive team performance saw them occupy positions two to eight in race two on Sunday.
The emphatic display from the BMW racers showed that they are quick in any conditions. As at the opening round in Le Mans at the end of March, rain resulted in a wet track on Saturday. In contrast, the riders were finally greeted by consistently dry conditions for the first time this season on Sunday.
Victory in Saturday’s wet race went to BMW rider Benjamin Colliaux of the Cherot Motos Sport team. He was embroiled in a duel at the head of the field with Ducati rider Thierry Mulot. However, the Ducati man was handed a time penalty by the race stewards and was ultimately classified in fourth place.
This gave Colliaux his first win of the season, ahead of fellow BMW riders Michel Amalric (Tecmas Racing Team) and David Bouvier in second and third respectively. Seven RR riders finished in the top ten in difficult conditions. Madjid Idres (Team ERT / Motorshow) was sixth, followed by Léon Benichou (Team RMS) in seventh place. Manu Dagault and Florian Brunet-Lugardon (Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise) came home ninth and tenth to round off the top ten. 58-year-old Hernani Teixeira (Team ERT / Motorshow), who claimed a shock win at the season-opener in Le Mans, finished 11th, just a few tenths of a second behind Brunet-Lugardon. Cyril Brunet-Lugardon of the Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise team also picked up points, finishing 13th on his RR.
The BMW riders achieved an impressive ‘team result’ in race two on Sunday, occupying positions two to eight. The BMW contingent was once again spearheaded by Colliaux, who finished runner-up behind Mulot. With his results, Colliaux took the lead in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
Race two also produced the first success of the year for the Brunet-Lugardon brothers, Florian and Cyril. After a superb 2015 season, in which they finished second and third overall, the new year had not gone to plan for the flying brothers up to this point. Following the opening round in Le Mans, the pair tested in Nogaro at the start of April, in order to get to know their new RRs even better. They then made more minor adjustments to the set-up of their BMW S 1000 RR bikes at the second race weekend, and reaped the first benefits of their hard work in Sunday’s dry race.
Florian Brunet-Lugardon finally returned to the podium, courtesy of his third place. Bertrand Boyer (Team ERT Motorshow) came home just half a second behind him in fourth place. Right behind him, Cyril Brunet-Lugardon and Amalric were embroiled in a battle for fifth place. Brunet-Lugardon eventually came out on top by just eight hundredths of a second. Bouvier and Dagault followed in seventh and eighth on their BMW S 1000 RRs. Also in the points were Idres (eleventh), Teixeira (12th) and Benichou (14th).