BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Canada, France, Italy, South Africa, USA, 17/06/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
BMW privateers again tasted success on several continents last weekend. BMW Motorrad privateer Jordan Szoke claimed an emotional win at the opening round of the Canadian Superbike Championship. In the European Bikes championship in France, the BMW S 1000 RR monopolised the top five positions, while Roberto Tamburini claimed another podium in the Italian CIV. Furthermore, BMW riders were also in action in South Africa and the USA.
Jordan Szoke bounced back from a long injury break in emphatic style: winning the opening round of the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) at Calabogie Motorsports Park. Szoke was crowned Canadian champion on the BMW S 1000 RR in 2012 and 2013, but the 2014 season did not go to plan. He dominated the first half of the season, but then suffered a serious injury to his thumb and was unable to race again. But Szoke is now back in the saddle of his RR – and back to winning ways. He moved to the front of the field on lap one of the race in Calabogie and then gained the upper hand in a thrilling battle with his rival Jodi Christie to win by 0.255 seconds. He also clocked the fastest lap of the race. “This is a very emotional win for me,” said Szoke. “Last year I was injured, which dashed any hopes of winning the title. I didn’t know how strongly I would be able to come back. I will remember this win for a long time.”
As well as Szoke, a further four BMW riders also finished in the points: Michael Leon was fourth, Sean Huffmann fifth, Chris Murray-Audain ninth and Reiner Griese 13th. This year’s CSBK consists of seven races.
The French Superbike Championship (FSBK) and the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) were in Lédenon for the fourth race weekend of their seasons. BMW Motorrad privateer Nicolas Pouhair (MSC Courneuvien 93) finished seventh and eighth overall (fourth and fifth in the EVO class) in the two FSBK races. Fellow BMW rider Emeric Jonchière (ERT BMW Motorrad Club France) was unlucky in race one. He was also running in the top eight until a braking mistake meant an unwelcome trip into the gravel bed. Jonchière was able to continue, but had to settle for 19th overall (14th in the Superstock class). He came home 11th in race two (sixth in the Superstock class).
In the FR EU races, exclusively for bikes from European manufacturers, BMW Motorrad privateers again claimed five of a possible six podium finishes. Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise) finished runner-up in race one. He was joined on the podium by Benjamin Colliaux (Team CMS – R2T), who is returning to form following an injury and came home third. Places four to seven went to BMW riders Florian Brunet-Lugardon (Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise), Michel Amalric (GD Performance), his team-mate Florian Drouin and Léon Benichou (RMS). Madjid Idres (ERT BMW Motorrad Club France) and fellow BMW rider Julien Brun completed the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively.
In the second FR EU race, BMW riders claimed the top five positions for the RR. Cyril Brunet-Lugardon won, ahead of his brother Florian. The third spot on the podium went to Amalric. He was followed in fourth and fifth by Drouin and Idres.
Roberto Tamburini is quite simply right at home on the BMW S 1000 RR – whether in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) or the Italian Superbike Championship CIV (CIV), in which the Motoxracing rider once again claimed a podium finish at the weekend. The venue for round three of the CIV season was the demanding Mugello circuit in Tuscany. Tamburini finished runner-up in Saturday’s opening race. The weather threw a spanner in the works in race two on Sunday. Shortly before the start, a storm and heavy rain descended on the circuit. The track then dried out again during the race itself. Tamburini was left fighting a losing battle, as his wet-weather tyres degraded horribly. Therefore, he had to settle for 12th place.
BMW riders Denni Schiavoni (2R Racing) and Alessio Corradi (DMR Racing Team) secured another two top-five results for BMW. Schiavoni came home fifth in race one, while Corradi was the fifth rider over the finish line in race two. In contrast, the weekend was one to forget for Fabrizio Perotti. The Tutapista rider, who had already claimed a win and a second place this season, is the best-placed BMW rider in the overall standings in fourth place – however, he left Mugello empty-handed. He was running third until shortly before the end of Saturday’s race, but was then hit from behind by another rider. Perrotti had to swerve into the gravel and eventually came home 16th. Like Tamburini, Perotti struggled with severe tyre wear in Sunday’s race and finished 18th.
Round four of the season in the South African SuperGP Champions Trophy (RSA SBK GP) took place at the Redstar Raceway in Delmas. Nicholas Kershaw finished fifth in both races on the BMW S 1000 RR run by the Tsunami Beach Bar BMW team. Fellow BMW rider Lance Isaacs (Black Swan Energy) was unlucky: he landed heavily after a highsider in race one, injuring his right ankle and suffering bruising. Despite being in pain, he still lined up on the grid for race two and battled his way to sixth place. “I feel as though I’ve been hit by a bus,” said Isaacs. His physiotherapist has now ordered him to rest for a few days before they can start to treat his injured ankle.
MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series (AMA) was at the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama Station last weekend. Three BMW Motorrad privateers competed on their RRs. In the Superbike class, Matthew Orange (OC Racing) finished ninth and tenth. In the Superstock class, Stefan Dolipski (TSE Racing) finished ninth and tenth, while Jeremy Cook (Dead Presidents Racing) came home tenth and 11th.