BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Aragón, Spain, 15/04/2015, FIM Superbike World Championship
After the two flyaway races in Australia and Thailand, BMW Motorrad produced the goods at the first event of the 2015 FIM Superbike World Championship in Europe with strong performances. Italia SBK Team newcomer Ayrton Badovini took a sensational sixth place in the Tissot Superpole. After a difficult first race, he was in the top ten in the second run. In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup Roberto Tamburini rode a clever race and secured victory on the last lap at the season opener in this highly competitive series.
Ayrton Badovini enjoyed a strong comeback in the Superbike World Championship. The 28-year-old Italian had completed the three free practice sessions in 13th on combined times and then made it through from Superpole 1 in first place. He rode well in Superpole 2 to secure a strong sixth place on the grid.
"I hadn’t ridden for nearly eight months and then took first in Superpole 1 and qualified sixth in Superpole 2 - two pretty incredible results", said the Italian on Saturday night. "We still have a lot of development work on the BMW S 1000 RR in front of us, but today we have already seen great potential. I am very happy with what we have achieved."
From the second row Badovini started very well in the first race and was able to fight for seventh place. On the penultimate lap, however lost the front end and crashed out.
"It was pretty difficult," he reflected on that first race. "I had a bad feeling in terms of traction. In the final laps and with relatively worn tires I was slipping with the front and finally unfortunately I crashed."
In the second race as he fought against the reigning Supersport World Champion, Michael van der Mark on the factory Honda, Ayrton was able to defend sixth place until the final stages.
Only in the last three laps Badovini fell back to ninth, still gaining important championship points and making a strong comeback to Superbike World Championship racing.
"For the second race we changed the bike a lot and that worked well," said Badovini. "Unfortunately, on the final lap the rear tyre was gone and I couldn’t get more out of the race than ninth. However, I am very satisfied with this weekend because we were able to achieve a very competitive level in a relatively short time. So I now feel much more confident for the rest of the season."
Italian rider Roberto Tamburini had a strong weekend as he made his debut in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, riding a very clever race.
From second place on the grid, the BMW S 1000 RR rider stuck to the rear wheel of pole setter Lorenzo Savadori - the reigning Superstock 1000 runner-up – remaining close throughout the race and studying his opponent’s lines. On the last lap Tamburini then made his move on his compatriot and won by a 0.154s margin.
"In the race I made a good start and was able to get involved at the front," said Tamburini. "I decided not to take the lead and remained behind Savadori to see where I could overtake him best on the last lap."