BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Italy, South Africa, Australia, USA, 20/05/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
Whether in Europe, Australia, South Africa or the USA, BMW Motorrad privateers were in action around the world last weekend. The BMW S 1000 RR secured more race wins and podiums in a host of series – in the Italian Superbike Championship, the Alpe Adria Championship, the South African Motorcycle Championship and the AustralAsian Superbike Championship.
The popular Italian Superbike Championship CIV rolled into the outskirts of Rome last weekend. The second race weekend of the season was held in Vallelunga and produced two podiums for the BMW S 1000 RR. Roberto Tamburini from the Motoxracing team finished runner-up on his BMW S 1000 RR in Saturday’s opening race. Fabrizio Perotti, who was victorious on his Tutapista RR at the opening round in Misano, was fifth. Denni Schiavoni (2R Racing) came home tenth.
In race two on Sunday, Perotti finished second to claim another podium for the BMW S 1000 RR. He was joined in the top six by another three BMWs: Tamburini was fourth this time, followed by fellow BMW riders Alessio Corradi (DMR Racing) and Marco Muzio (Pro Recco Racing) in fifth and sixth.
BMW Motorrad riders enjoyed an extremely successful start to the new season in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR). The opening round was held at the Adria Raceway in Italy at the weekend. In the Superbike class, Roland Resch from the Reitwagen-Racing team, clinched victory in the second of the two races on his BMW S 1000 RR. Resch had previously finished runner-up in race one. Janez Prosenik (BMW AMD TREBNJE) joined him on the podium after race one courtesy of his third place. He finished fourth in race two. Martin Choy (BMW Motorrad Czech EKO) came home fifth and seventh. David Ourednicek (DAFITMOTORACING) also claimed a top-ten result, finishing ninth and 11th.
In the Superstock class, which saw an all-BMW field for the opening round, victory in both races went to Michal Prášek (Rohac and Fejta Motoracing Team). Michal Šembera (WILLI Race Team) was second on both occasions. The third spot on the podium went to Krasen Kanchev (AIT Racing Team) in race one and Marek Škopek (LRP Poland) in race two.
The fans of the South African SuperGP Champions Trophy witnessed a turbulent race Sunday at Killarney International Raceway near Cape Town – with a provisional win for the BMW S 1000 RR, which was changed to a third place later on. After race one, BMW Motorrad rider Lance Isaacs climbed onto the top step of the podium as winner of the SuperGP class (RSA SBK GP). However, he and his Black Swan Racing team were able to celebrate a second season win for only a short time as the result was revised later and Isaacs was classified third. The reason for this: three quarters of the way though the race, one of the riders from the leading group went down hard. The medical car went out on track and the riders slowed down as they were expecting a red flag. However, the race was not stopped, but completed over the full distance of 15 laps. Isaacs crossed the line on his BMW S 1000 RR as the winner. Hours later, however, after a meeting of the stewards, it was decided to declare the result after 11 laps, which was before the medical car took to the circuit. At that time, Isaacs was in third position.
In race two, some suspension issues prevented Isaacs from attacking how he wanted. He battled his way through the race and saved important points finishing sixth in the SuperGP class. Nicholas Kershaw finished seventh on his Tsunami Beach Bar BMW S 1000 RR, after having retired in race one.
Busy weekend for the riders in the AustralAsian Superbike Championship (AAS): at round two, held at Mallala Motorsport Park in Southern Australia, three races per class were contested. On this occasion, BMW rider Adam Christie celebrated a triple podium in the “Formula Oz” class. He claimed one second and to third places on his BMW S 1000 RR. Fellow BMW rider Brett Kitchin finished all three races in seventh.
The Virginia International Raceway was the venue of the third round of the new MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Superbike Championship – short AMA – last weekend. The colours of BMW Motorrad Motorsport were represented by two privateer riders. In the first race of the Superbike class, Matthew Orange (OC Racing) crossed the line in tenth. He did not start the second race. In the Superstock class, Jeremy Cook (Dead Presidents Racing) finished both races in eighth.