BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Slovakia Ring, Slovakia, 18/05/2016, Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship
This is one of the championships in which BMW riders are used to celebrating a series of wins and successes: The Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship. The BMW S 1000 RR is the dominant motorbike in the Superbike (AARR SBK) and Superstock (AARR STK) classes.
Last year, BMW riders celebrated eight victories in 11 races in the Superbike class, and a total of 20 podium finishes. Their team-mates in the Superstock class claimed nine wins in 12 races, and a total of 23 podium finishes. BMW rider Roland Resch finished the season as champion in the Superbike class, and Michal Prášek rode his RR to the title in the Superstock class.
The new season began last season at the Slovakia Ring – and the BMW riders extended their winning sequence. Lukáš Pešek was outstanding as he won both races in the AARR SBK, and Wolfgang Gammer reached the podium in both races. In the Superstock class, Prášek and Marcin Walkowiak represented BMW on the podium – Prášek finished with one win and a second place, while Walkowiak finished third in both races.
The Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship includes numerous categories, ranging from the 125 and 250 classes, the 600 ccm Superstock and Supersport category, to the Superstock 1000 and Superbike classes in which the BMW riders compete on the RR. Since 2015, the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship has been one of the race series in which BMW racers can collect points for the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
Previously, points were awarded to riders from countries in the Alpe-Adria region: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Bulgaria and Slovenia. For the 2016 season, the organisers have opened the series to riders from all over Europe and introduced a Europe-wide championship ranking system. The aim of this step is to make the championship larger and more attractive. Riders who are not from the Alpe-Adria region must have an international license issued by their federation to allow them to compete.
This season includes five events, at the Slovakia Ring, the Pannonia Ring, in Grobnik and in Most.