BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Oulton Park, Great Britain – Autodrome Curitiba, Brazil, 06/05/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
Tommy Bridewell celebrated his first victory of the season at Oulton Park in the third round of the British Superbike Championship (BSB). It was also the first victory of the year for the Tyco BMW Motorrad Team.
Bridewell missed pole position by just 0.014s from Joshua Brookes and therefore had to settle for second place on the grid for the first race. The races took place on Monday due to a public holiday in the UK.
In the first race Bridewell and Brookes fought every inch of the way. Ultimately Tyco BMW Motorrad rider Bridewell prevailed and won by 0.160s ahead of the Australian. For Bridewell it was also his first BSB win in dry conditions.
"Today we had the Pirelli SC0 [type of tyre / lots] and I knew that we could do very good times. I concentrated only on my lap times during the race. I looked at the pit boards of Josh [Brookes], Shakey [Byrne] and Stuart [Easton] and knew exactly what was going on behind me. It was the aim to save the tyres, but that all went out of the window, we were passing a lot and it became a battle of pure survival! I need to keep my feet on the ground, but I think this race one of my strongest ever."
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW Motorrad) was 4.656s behind Bridewell in fifth, whilst the winner’s teammate Michael Laverty was eighth.
Former MotoGP rider Michael Laverty kept the BMW heads held high in the second race at Oulton Park. In slightly cooler conditions than in the first race he finished in fourth place and enjoyed a sprint to the finish line with Jason O'Halloran.
Bridewell crashed in the early stages of the race, after he had lost the front. Then it was Kiyonari fighting for victory, but the Japanese was a bit too late on the brakes with two laps to go and crashed into the rear of Byrne, who also crashed out, though both escaped unhurt.
Laverty was therefore the best BMW rider in fourth place behind Stuart Easton, James Ellison and Joshua Brookes. Kiyonari’s Buildbase BMW Motorrad teammate Lee Jackson celebrated a top ten spot in tenth.
In the British Superstock 1000 Championship Alastair Seeley celebrated his first victory of the season. He won from pole position in front of Joshua Elliott and Hudson Kennaugh.
Tyco BMW Motorrad rider Seeley had his hands full as Elliott and Trik-Moto BMW rider Kennaugh also pushed for the victory. At the finish line the three were separated by just nine tenths of a second. Winner Seeley notched the fastest lap of the race in the tenth of eleven laps.
Frenchman Matthieu Lussiana and his BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing teammate Sebastian Porto both enjoyed a successful season opener in Moto 1000 GP, as the Brazilian championship got underway. At the Curitiba International Speedway, Lussiana won the race and Argentine Porto was third.
Lussiana secured third place in qualifying with a 1’20.739 lap. Teammate Porto, a seven-time Grand Prix winner in the 250cc class, took position four, just under four tenths behind his colleague.
In the race, a tough three-way battle between Lussiana, Porto and the Portuguese Miguel Praia ensued. The race was only decided on the last lap, as Lussiana showed why he is the reigning Brazilian Superbike Champion. At the end, he finished exactly one tenth of a second ahead of former Supersport World Championship rider Praia. Teammate Porto rounded off the podium in third place.
"He was on my wheel all the way through," said Lussiana about Praia. "So I knew my lead was under threat. I decided on the penultimate lap to let him past and see where he was faster than me, because I knew that I could catch him on the last lap."