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Misano, Italy, 24/06/2015, FIM Superbike World Championship

BMW privateers convincing on the world stage

On equal footing with the works teams

It was evident once again at the race weekend of the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) in Misano, Italy: The BMW Motorrad privateers and teams compete with the major works teams on equal footing in the pinnacle of near-production motorsport. This is true of the World Superbike Championship and of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000). Ayrton Badovini was once again in the top eight in the field, Markus Reiterberger picked up championship points on his first wildcard outing of the season, and STK1000 rider Roberto Tamburini finished a sensational race on the podium.

The championship entourage now leaves Europe for the time being and heads to two overseas races: First up is Laguna Seca in the US state of California, and from there it is on to Sepang in Malaysia. Time for us to take a look at the interim standings.

Badovini well established at the front of the field

Ayrton Badovini and BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team contested their second home race of the season in Misano. In doing so, the BMW Motorrad privateer team from Bologna confirmed that it is well established at the front of the field in the WSBK. In the Superpole, Badovini placed his BMW S 1000 RR eighth on the grid. In the first race he won a thrilling four-way battle with three works riders and secured seventh place. He was on track to repeat this result in the second race. However, in the end his rear tyre suffered a lot of wear and he was fighting with blunt weapons. He finished in 11th.

Berthold Hauser, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Technical Director, sees the interim results as more than positive after eight rounds of the season. "BMW Motorrad Italia SBK is demonstrating the performance of our BMW S 1000 RR impressively on the world championship stage. As the top non-works team, they regularly beat major works teams and their established riders," said Hauser. "This privateer team supported by BMW not only heads the field of privateers, but is also in the position of being ranked among the pedigree works teams and riding on equal footing with them. The trend is also on the up and the team will continue to improve. Looking to the future, it is also an important signal that our privateers on our BMW S 1000 RR are established among the major works teams in the elite class for production motorcycles."

Championship points for Reiterberger

Markus Reiterberger and the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW team were also convincing with a strong performance on their first wildcard outing of the season. Reiterberger did extremely well in the first free practice session and got the fourth-fastest time on his BMW S 1000 RR. As the weekend went on, the main goal was to become familiar with the world championship motorcycle and gain experience in tuning it. In the first race, like many other riders in the field, Reiterberger battled with heavy wear on his rear tyre and finished in 16th. With support of BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team, Reiterberger’s squad made further changes to the tuning for the second race and "Reiti" finished in 13th to pick up his first championship points of the season.

"I'm very happy so far," summed up Reiterberger. "Since we hadn't had any experience of the world championship motorcycle as we only built it a few weeks ago and only tested it once. We tried a lot this weekend and gathered a lot of experience and data that will help us in the next championship events in Magny-Cours and Doha. I can push the limits on every lap on my IDM motorcycle because I know it inside out. We want to achieve the same with the world championship motorcycle."

Gábor Rizmayer of BMW Racing Team Tóth finished 21st in both races, his team-mate Imre Tóth crossed the finish line in 22nd in each race.

Sensational pursuit by Tamburini

In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race, Roberto Tamburini staged a sensational pursuit on his RR to the delight of spectators. Qualifying didn't go according to plan for the Motoxracing rider. After a fall, a red flag and the onset of rain, he had to make do with ninth on the grid. In the race he pressed forwards on his BMW S 1000 RR and staged breath-taking battles for the top spots. He finished the race in third place, just 0.8 seconds behind the winner. With two races to go, Tamburini in second in the overall standings is still in with a chance of winning the title. In addition, he re-took the lead in the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.

"The performance by Roberto and his Motoxracing team is simply sensational," said Berthold Hauser. "They came from nowhere as a pure customer team. The riding skills of Roberto in particular are outstanding. It's a fantastic achievement to be fighting for the title from the word go - and in a championship in which pedigree works teams now also compete. We are delighted to contribute to this with professional support and wish Roberto the best of luck for the end of season sprint."

Matthieu Lussiana on his team ASPI BMW S 1000 RR finished in ninth place, Robert Muresan (H-Moto Team) as a wildcard starter, also finished in the points on his RR in 15th. Federico D’Annunzio (FDA Racing Team) finished 17th, Eric Vionnet (Motos Vionnet) retired.

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