BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Brazil, Hungary, USA, Japan, 03/06/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
Roland Resch won two races in the Superbike class of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship in Hungary, while the BMW S 1000 RR also dominated the Superstock category. Meanwhile, Matthieu Lussiana also emerged victorious in a real Moto 1000 GP thriller in Brazil. BMW Motorrad privateers were also in action in Japan and the USA.
The second race weekend of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) at the Pannonia-Ring in western Hungary was dominated by BMW Motorrad privateer Roland Resch. Although he is Austrian, Resch regards the races in Hungary as his “home event” – and rightly so: after all, he only lives about 120 kilometres away in Mödling. The former World Superbike Championship rider used his “home advantage” and dominated the Superbike class (AARR SBK). Resch secured pole position for both races and went on to claim a sensational double victory on the Reitwagen-Racing team’s BMW S 1000 RR.
Resch took the chequered flag with a lead of almost 11 seconds in race one. In total, six BMW Motorrad riders finished in the top ten: Janez Prosenik (BMW AMD TREBNJE) was fourth, Lukáš Pešek (IV Racing) fifth, Ireneusz Sikora (BMW Sikora Motorsport) sixth, Martin Choy (BMW Motorrad Czech) seventh and Daniel Bukowski (Zlotniccy Racing) ninth.
In race two, the BMW riders ensured that the Bavarian manufacturer occupied the top four positions. Resch secured his third win of the season. He was joined on the podium by Pešek in second place and Prosenik in third. Sikora came home fourth to complete the BMW success. Bukowski and Choy also claimed top results in sixth and seventh.
The RR is setting the pace even more emphatically in the Superstock class (AARR STK). In race one, the top eight places all went to BMW riders. Michal Prášek (Rohac and Fejta Motoracing Team) claimed his third win of the season, while Michal Šembera (WILLI Race Team) and Bartlomiej Wiczynski (BMW Sikora Motorsport) completed the podium. They were followed in places four to eight by Marek Szkopek (Team LRP Poland), Catalin Cazacu (Taifun Rang Team), Wojciech Wrobel (BMW Sikora Motorsport) and Emil Wyka. Michal Fojtik (Exteria Racing) also finished in the top ten in tenth. Race two produced a one-two for BMW. In total, eight RR riders came home in the top ten. This time it was Šembera who climbed onto the top step of the podium. His success is all the more remarkable as he was on tyres from a different manufacturer to all the other top riders in the field. Second place went to Prášek. Wiczynski finished fourth this time, with Krasen Kanchev (AIT-Racing-Team) fifth and Wyka sixth. The top ten was completed by BMW privateers Wrobel, Martin Tritscher and Fojtik in places eight to ten.
Race two, win number two: defending champion Matthieu Lussiana is the man to beat in the Moto 1000 GP (MT1GP) series in Brazil. As at the opening round in Curitiba at the start of May, the BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing rider also won the second race of the season, which was held in Cascavel last weekend. However, the Frenchman was this time faced with a number of hurdles to overcome en route to the top step of the podium, including determined opponents and miserable weather conditions. Because of this, the race developed into a real thriller – with a happy ending.
Lussiana had to settle for fourth in Saturday’s qualifying. However, the Frenchman was back on song on Sunday. He mastered the tricky conditions, with parts of the track still wet following a shower meaning great feel and skill were required to ride on slicks. He moved up into second place at the start and then took the lead at the start of lap two. However, rival Diego Pierluigi was able to hang onto his rear wheel for long periods. Only from lap 15 of 23 was Lussiana able to pull clear. He eventually crossed the finish line with a lead of 2.7 seconds. “I opted for slicks, as we realised the track was not as damp as we had thought. Then I just tried to ride at a consistently quick pace from the start,” said Lussiana, who also clocked the fastest lap of the race. And what of his BMW S 1000 RR? “I love that bike!”
Lussiana’s team-mate Sebastian Porto was fourth, while Victor Moura (M2B Racing) came home 12th. In the race for the GP Light class, BMW privateers Marcio Pereira (MS Racing Team) and Luciano Donato (BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing) finished ninth and tenth.
Last weekend, the Twin Ring in Motegi, Japan, hosted the third race of the season in the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ). No fewer than eight BMW Motorrad privateers were in action. The best of the bunch was Daisaku Sakai (CONFIA Flex Motorrad39) who finished 13th. His team-mate Shinya Takeishi came home 18th on his BMW S 1000 RR. Hayato Takada, who usually races in the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) for the Völpker NRT48 & Penz13 by Schubert team, also competed in the MFJ race in Motegi and finished 21st, just ahead of Yuuta Kodama (Team Tras135HP). His team-mate Koji Teramoto was unlucky in Motegi, crashing out in both qualifying and the race. The remaining BMW riders in the field also failed to finish.
Round four of the inaugural season of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series (AMA) was held at the iconic Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Flying the flag for BMW Motorrad Motorsport was German privateer Stefan Dolipski from Ottenhofen, who has been around the motorcycle racing scene in the USA for quite some years. He finished 12th, ninth and sixth in the three practice sessions for the Superstock 1000 class (23rd, 19th and 13th in the combined results for Superbike/Superstock 1000). Unfortunately he then failed to finish both races.