BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Snetterton, Great Britain, 24/06/2015, British Superbike Championship
Fans in Snetterton for the fourth race weekend of the British Superbike Championship (BSB) were once again treated to some thrilling racing – with BMW riders among the main protagonists. In the Superbike class, Tommy Bridewell finished fourth and fifth. In doing so, he established his position within the crucial top-6 of the championship rankings. His team-mate at Tyco BMW, Michael Laverty, also claimed a fourth place. In the Superstock races, three BMW Motorrad privateers finished in the top four.
Tyco BMW rider Tommy Bridewell remains on course for a place in the title showdown after the two races in Snetterton. The riders’ scores are added up at the end of the first nine race weekends of the season, with the six best-placed riders in the overall standings progressing to the “Showdown” as “Title Fighters”. A special points system is then introduced, as these six riders go head to head for the championship crown.
Bridewell secured his fifth place in the overall standings in Snetterton. He finished fourth on his Tyco BMW S 1000 RR in race one, before coming home fifth at the end of a dramatic second race to score more valuable points.
“All in all that was not a bad experience,” said Bridewell afterwards. “I am fifth in the championship, which puts me in the all-important top six. However, my goal is to win again with the Tyco BMW.”
His team-mate Michael Laverty also has a good chance of making it to the title showdown. He is currently seventh in the overall standings. Laverty was unfortunate in race one. Running fifth, he had to retire from the race with a mechanical issue. He hit back in style in race two, however. Laverty was embroiled in the fierce battle at the head of the field and eventually crossed the finish line in fourth place, missing out on a place on the podium by just 0.067 seconds. Laverty is now looking forward to mounting a challenge in the coming races: “We still have to fine-tune the set-up of our Tyco BMW S 1000 RR. The bike has far more potential than I can tap into at the moment. I want to be battling for race wins – and I won’t be satisfied until that is the case.”
BMW Motorrad privateers Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) and Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing BMW) also finished in the points in Snetterton. Hickmann was 12th and 15th, while McConnell finished 17th and 14th. Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles BMW) came home 18th and 16th. Meanwhile, the two Buildbase BMW Motorrad riders Ryuichi Kyionari and Lee Jackson endured a difficult weekend: both crashed out of one race and finished 19th in the other.
The Superstock race also proved to be a real thriller and came down to the very last corner. In the end, BMW riders occupied three of the top four positions. Alastair Seeley (Tyco BMW) finished runner-up, just 0.075 seconds behind the winner. Hudson Kennaugh completed the podium, coming home third on his TrikMoto BMW S 1000 RR. Fourth place went to Luke Quigley on an RR run by Formwise Washrooms / Bathams. Dominic Usher (DU Racing BMW) also finished in the top ten in ninth place.