BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Imola, Italy, 13/05/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
Ayrton Badovini gave his two strongest performances of the season so far at the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK) round at Imola, Roberto Tamburini rode to second place in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) race, and the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) got off to a successful start for BMW riders with podium results at Sepang.
Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) had a strong weekend at Imola, where the Italian had approached his home race having said his season “really starts here”.
Badovini managed to make his way directly into Superpole 2 on qualifying day, taking eighth place on the starting grid. He admitted after that he’d expected more, and said “I’m sorry I couldn’t get more out of the soft qualifying tyres”.
Things went better for Badovini on Sunday. In race one he fell back at the start, but was soon back up to sixth position having fought his way forward. The race was halted by a crash for David Salom, and when it restarted it was a six-lap sprint. Badovini got a great start and came across the finish line in sixth place.
In race two hot temperatures made life difficult for the riders, but Badovini overcame that particular obstacle to pick up more valuable points with a fifth-placed result. It was the best weekend of the season so far for the Italian and his BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team.
“Overall I’m really satisfied with the weekend here at Imola,” he said. “This is my home track and I live close by, and these have been the two best results of the season by far.”
“The sixth and fifth places are reward for the hard work the team and myself have put in. We know there’s still a lot more to do, because the potential of the BMW S 1000 RR is extremely high, and we haven’t fully capitalised on that yet. We’ve found what we need to work on though, so I’m very optimistic for the upcoming rounds.”
Over at Team Tóth, BMW riders Imre Tóth and Gábor Rizmayer were satisfied at taking their first points of the season. Tóth took results of 15th and 12th in races one and two respectively, and Rizmayer was 13th in the second race.
Both race victories at Imola went to championship leader Jonathan Rea.
Italian rider Roberto Tamburini enjoyed a strong second-placed result in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000), in his home race. The Team MotoxRacing rider didn’t have the best of starts from third on the grid, dropping back to eighth, but he launched a fierce fight back which saw him end the race in an impressive second at 2.268 seconds behind race winner Lorenzo Savadori.
“My BMW S 1000 RR worked really well and I found a fantastic rhythm on it, so I was able to make my way up through the field,” said Tamburini.
“After a few laps I was third, and able to catch Jezek to take second. Unfortunately Savadori was too far ahead and I couldn’t improve on second. I’m very satisfied with this weekend at Imola, and I thank my team for the incredible job they’ve done and for the very fast machine they were able to send me out on.”
Tamburini is second overall in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup after three of a total of eight rounds. Following his victory in Aragón and his second place at Imola, he now has 45 points. Leader Savadori is 25 points ahead.
2R Racing rider Denni Schiavoni of Italy picked up his first points of the season thanks to a solid ninth place finish.
At the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) season opener at the Sepang International Circuit the BMW S 1000 RR riders collected three podiums for an impressive first round.
In the second race of the Superbike class Sharulnizam Bin Ramli just missed out on second place by 0.116 seconds on his BMW S 1000 RR to take third.
In the Superstock class Nasarudin Mat Yusop twice placed third on the rostrum.