BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Belgium, The Netherlands, 10/06/2015, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
As of this season, the Belgian and Dutch motorcycling federations are staging a joint championship; the BeNeCup. And the BMW riders are setting the pace: team-mates Sébastien le Grelle and Vincent Lonbois of Team Herpigny Motors have taken it in turns to win the six races of the season to date and are well in the lead in the overall standings.
Team Herpigny Motors – this name has stood for success, wins and titles for many years in Belgian and international motorcycle racing. This season the BMW Team from Cognelée in Belgium is showing its superiority in a new championship: the BeNeCup. This championship is being staged by both the Féderation Motorcyclisme de Belgique (FMB) and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Motorrijders Vereniging (KNMV). In June 2014, the Belgian and Dutch motorcycling federations announced their plans for a joint championship, and over the following months they got the new project started.
Since the start of the 2015 season, the BeNeCup brings races in the National Belgian Championship and the Open Dutch Championship ONK under one roof. The riders can pick up points for three championships in these races: All riders are classified for the BeNeCup and the ONK, the riders with a license from the Belgian federation also pick up points for the Belgian Championship. The calendar for the debut season covers eight events with a total of 16 races in Belgium and the Netherlands.
For Team Herpigny Motors, which has won title after title in recent years in Belgium, it was clear from the start that they would contest the new BeNeCup. The two Herpigny BMW S 1000 RRs are ridden by Sébastien le Grelle, who has already won the Belgian championship several times for the team, and Vincent Lonbois. The team is supported by BMW Motorrad Motorsport and tyre manufacturer Pirelli.
At the first three race weekends of the BeNeCup, the Herpigny duo was unbeatable: In the six races to date, three wins went to le Grelle, the other three to Lonbois. In the overall standings of the BeNeCup, le Grelle currently leads with 128 points, Lonbois is in second with 102 points. The starting line-up of the BeNeCup contains another internationally famous BMW Motorrad privateer: Didier Grams. The German old-hand is currently in seventh place overall.
Le Grelle not only leads the BeNeCup, he also leads the overall standings in the Open Dutch Championship and in the Belgian Championship. There have already been four race weekends in the Belgian Championship this season: the three events of the BeNeCup, which are included in the classification, and another round at the end of May in Mettet. Two races were held there too. Le Grelle finished second in both, thereby securing the win in the cumulated overall standings of the event. Lonbois finished in second overall with the individual results first and third.
Le Grelle is also successful in road racing: He, team-mate Lonbois and Didier Grams are also contesting the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC). Two events with four races have been held so far in the 2015 season. In the four races, le Grelle got two wins, one second place and one third place on his RR. He leads the overall standings with 86 points.
The other top positions in the IRRC standings are also firmly held by BMW Motorrad privateers: Johan Fredriks is in second with 67 points, in joint third are Lonbois and Grams with 65 points.