BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Donington Park, Great Britain, 27/05/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
In addition to the races in the FIM Superbike World Championship, the British fans at Donington Park Circuit saw plenty of action in the supporting programme - with more success for BMW Motorrad privateers. In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Roberto Tamburini finished on the podium again. The Superstock class of the British Superbike Championship also made a guest appearance in Donington. The result: a win for Hudson Kennaugh and a podium finish for Alastair Seeley. And then there was Greg Gildenhuys, who won the race against the clock …
Whether on national or international level: Roberto Tamburini is a regular on the podium. A week after he finished second in a race in the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV), the Italian was successful once again in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) in Donington. It was the fourth race of the season. On Saturday he secured pole position on his BMW S 1000 RR for Motoxracing. In the race on Sunday, he finished second on the podium. This saw Tamburini consolidate his second place in the overall standings.
Without a doubt, it was Greg Gildenhuys who had the most turbulent weekend. The South African won a very special race in Donington – the race against the clock. Gildenhuys made his return to the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in England. The 26-year-old, who was crowned champion on the BMW S 1000 RR three times in a row in the South African Superbike Championship, contested the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup with BMW in 2013. Now he's back: Since Donington he has been in action in the series for the BMW privateer team TR. Corse. But his first race weekend started with a delay: Gildenhuys only received his visa for Great Britain on Friday morning, and while the rest of the field was taking part in the first two free practice sessions, he was on a plane from South Africa to England. He landed in London in the early hours of Saturday morning, before heading to Donington - and Gildenhuys was on his RR just in time for the third free practice session. He used the remaining sessions to get used to the bike again and ended the race in 22nd place - a respectable result in light of the circumstances. The third BMW rider on the field, was Switzerland's Eric Vionnet (Motos Vionnet). He was 26th to cross the finish line.
The Superstock class of the British Superbike Championship (BSB STK) also made a guest appearance in Donington at the weekend, where it held its fourth race of the season. For the third time this year, the win went to a BMW rider, and to Hudson Kennaugh for the second time. A spirited three-way battle for the lead raged down to the wire, and there was also a safety-car phase during the race, which closed the field back up. In the end, South African Kennaugh on his TrikMoto BMW S 1000 RR won with an advantage of 0.4 seconds. In the overall standings, Kennaugh in second place reduced the deficit to three points.
Third place on the podium went to Tyco BMW rider Alastair Seeley. The Englishman, who won the race in Oulton Park three weeks ago and who celebrated his record win at North West 200 a week ago, crossed the finish line 0.6 seconds after Kennaugh – and was annoyed. In the three-way battle for the lead, he didn't see the flag and the pit sign indicating the start of the final lap. "I lead until the Melbourne Loop, but because I didn't know it was the final lap, I didn't defend my line. The other two passed me on the inside. I thought I still had time, which is why I was surprised when I saw the chequered flag. A real school-boy mistake," admitted Seeley, who is still third in the overall standings. Luke Quigley (Formwise Washrooms / Bathams) finished fifth on his RR.