BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Belfast, Northern Ireland, 17/08/2016,
The BMW Motorrad Motorsport racers extended their sequence of successes in international road racing: the Ulster Grand Prix at the Dundrod Circuit featured a total of five races for 1000cc machines - and the BMW S 1000 RR won every one.
The race week for the world’s fastest road race began on Thursday with the national Dundrod 150 Challenge. This resulted in a top-four shut-out for the RRs: David Jackson was victorious, ahead of BMW brand team-mates Dominic Herbertson, Mike Booth and Sam West.
After this, the Dundrod 150 Superbike race allowed the stars of the international road racing scene to take centre stage for the first time. Difficult weather conditions and poor visibility prevented anyone from setting new records. One of the favourites claimed the win: Michael Dunlop on his Hawk Racing BMW S 1000 RR. He had already dominated in the practice sessions and confirmed the bookmakers’ prices with this performance.
After this pair of wins on Thursday, everyone was ready to go on Saturday. The new Superpole qualification event took place in the morning, having been cancelled on Thursday due to the bad weather. New this year: it featured the ten fastest riders from the practice sessions competing against one another for the top ten starting positions at the Ulster Grand Prix. Dunlop claimed second place and Tyco BMW rider Ian Hutchinson was fourth.
Hutchinson's hour was to come in the three 1000cc category races that followed. In the Superstock race, he won on his Tyco BMW S 1000 RR. Dunlop was just 0.2 seconds behind, in second place. Hutschinson recorded his second win in the first Superbike race, while Dunlop made it to the podium in third place. Hutchinson completed his hat-trick in the second Superbike race, winning and setting a new world record. This was the fifth win of the week for the BMW S 1000 RR. Dunlop finished in third place once again.
The Ulster GP is part of the BMW Combined Road Race Challenge (BMW RRC), and points are up for grabs in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. Dunlop has moved into the lead with 332.30 Race Trophy points and Hutchinson is now second on 327.50 points.