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BMW Motorrad Motorsport

Assen, Netherlands, 22/04/2015, FIM Superbike World Championship

Badovini takes 12th despite riding in pain, Tamburini unlucky in STK1000

Badovini saves 12th place, Tamburini crashes in Superstock 1000

After a strong performance on his debut for BMW Motorrad in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK), BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team newcomer Ayrton Badovini had to fight hard in his second race weekend in Assen. The Italian rescued 12th place in the second race and took valuable championship points.

In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Roberto Tamburini had a crash at the start of the race and whilst unhurt, he was unable to restart as his BMW S 1000 RR was too badly damaged.

Badovini fights for 12th

After a strong comeback in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK), Ayrton Badovini had to fight hard in the fourth round of the series. The 28-year-old Italian, who had gone almost eight months without racing, experienced severe pain in his right arm in his second consecutive race weekend.

“On Friday I felt some pain in my right arm, but I didn’t go slower because of that. I worked hard with my team to improve the set-up of my BMW S 1000 RR,” he said.

In the combined free practice sessions he was 14th fastest, and he repeated that position in Saturday’s Superpole. “On Saturday in Superpole the pain became stronger,” Badovini, who had to start Sunday’s race from the fifth row, explained.

Early exit in race one, 12th place in race two

After a very good start Ayrton was able to move into eighth place, and was already onto the rear wheel of reigning World Champion Sylvain Guintoli, before the pain in his right arm began to really intensify. Eventually, the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team rider was forced to retire from the race at half-race distance. “I couldn’t make it to the end of the race,” said the Italian.

Badovini received a total of seven injections, which allowed him to ride in the second race.

“Before the second race I was again treated by team doctor, Dr Vincenzo Tota and in the Clinica Mobile. That allowed me to take part in the second race and finish it as well,” Badovini said. After a battle for 12th place, which earned him three championship points, the Italian was completely exhausted.

“Unfortunately my results weren’t what we’d hoped for, but the work we were able to put in at Assen will pay off in the next Superbike race weekend in Imola,” he stated. “Our bike has great potential and if we continue to work like this then I’m sure the results will reflect that.”

Tamburini draws a blank in FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Following his outstanding victory in the opening round at Motorland Aragón, Roberto Tamburini showed his potential on the BMW S 1000 RR again over the weekend and secured third place on the starting grid for the second race of the season.

“We focused entirely on the set-up of our BMW S 1000 RR on Saturday. In qualifying I was third fastest, and that gave us a front-row start,” said Tamburini.

However, on the first lap of the race, the Italian crashed at high speed on the start-finish straight. Fortunately he was not injured, but his BMW S 1000 RR was completely destroyed. “I didn’t have the best start and made that up. On the straight another rider slowed suddenly, and I ran into the back of him. Fortunately I wasn’t hurt.”

The race was stopped, and restarted shortly after. Although Tamburini himself was eager and ready to race, the restart took place without him. “The bike was badly damaged, so I couldn’t restart the race. I hope these lost points don’t prove decisive at the end of the season.”