BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Nogaro/France - Kyushu/Japan, 29/04/2015, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
In the second round of the French Superbike Championship (FSBK), the BMW S 1000 RR riders enjoyed success once more. At the Circuit Paul Armagnac, Nogaro, south east of Bordeaux, ERT BMW Motorrad Club France rider Emeric Jonchière rode to fourth place in the Superstock class in race one, and second place in race two to again step onto the podium.
Jonchière’s strong showing was underlined by the fact that he had to start the races down in 18th position on the grid after having only the second qualifying session held in dry conditions. In both races he recovered quickly to bring his BMW S 1000 RR home in fourth of the Superstock rankings in dry race one and in second in the wet second encounter.
“It was a complicated weekend,” said Jonchière. “After a good start in the second race from 18th place I was already in sixth after the opening lap. I rode my race and the rear tyre was soon low on grip. The track had begun to dry out, but I managed to save second place which is important for the championship. Overall I’m satisfied with the weekend, although the first race was disappointing. In the championship I’m in second place, just four points behind Foray.”
Team-mate and fellow BMW S 1000 RR rider Emilien Jaillet placed sixth in the Superstock class in the first race, but struggled in the second race and retired two laps from the finish. Nicolas Pouhair (MSC Courneuvien 93) finished the first race seventh in the EVO class whilst not taking the flag in the second encounter.
In the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) GD Performance rider Michel Amalric left his mark on the weekend. He won the first race with a 0.651 second advantage over fellow BMW rider Cyril Brunet-Lugardon and his brother Florian. It was Amalric’s first win of the season. Laurent Aymonin rode to fourth and made it a perfect quartet of the BMW S 1000 RR machines at the top.
In the second race Amalric was just beaten to first by Thierry Mulot in the wet, finishing ahead of Madjid Idres and Florian Brunet-Lugardon. The three BMW S 1000 RR riders fought brilliantly for second place, and positions two through to eight were all filled by BMW riders.
The second round of the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) was held at Autopolis Oita in Kyushu. Daisaku Sakai (CONFIA Flex Motorrad39) finished 11th for some important points, and Team Tras135HP rider Kohji Teramoto also scored with 14th place.