BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Canada, Hungary, Japan, USA and Australia, 01/07/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
News of the week: BMW Motorrad privateer Jordan Szoke claimed his second win of the season in race two of the 2015 Canadian Superbike Championship in St. Eustache. The BMW duos of Päivärinta/Kainulainen and Gürck/Wechselberger finished on the podium in the World Sidecar Championship at the Pannoniaring in Hungary. Meanwhile, privateers were also in action on the BMW S 1000 RR in the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship in Japan, the Motoamerica in the USA, and the AustralAsian Superbike Championship in Australia.
BMW Motorrad privateer Jordan Szoke confirmed that he is again the man to beat in this year’s Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK). After winning the opening round two weeks ago at Calabogie Motorsports Park, the rider from the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team claimed win number two of the season at the second race in St. Eustache. However, the multiple CSBK champion had to overcome some atrocious conditions on his BMW S 1000 RR to do so.
Pouring rain posed a real challenge for the riders. The race was originally scheduled to last 22 laps. However, it was suspended after seven laps following a crash involving BMW rider Reiner Griese, and was subsequently reduced to just ten laps.
Following the re-start, the fans were treated to a thrilling duel between two BMW riders. Szoke and Michael Leon (Royal Distributing Superbike Team) swapped places at the head of the field, until Leon crashed out while leading the race. Szoke went on untroubled to claim his second win of the year. “It was Michael’s race. He did a fantastic job and had fantastic pace,” said Szoke later, referring to his fellow BMW rider. In the championship, Szoke has extended his lead over his closest rival Jod Christie to 20 points. “It is a great start, but the season is far from over,” he said. There are still five races to come this season.
There was another podium for the BMW S 1000 RR in the amateur race in the CSBK: BMW privateer Samuel Trepanier finished third.
The fourth race weekend of the 2015 FIM World Sidecar Championship (SWC) 2015 was held at the Pannoniaring in Hungary, with BMW privateers claiming three podiums. In Saturday’s sprint race, Finnish BMW duo Pekka Päivärinta/Kirsi Kainulainen (44-Racing) spent the entire race embroiled in a thrilling battle with title rivals Tim Reeves/Gregory Cluzes. In the end, Päivärinta/Kainulainen missed out on victory by just 0.142 seconds. BMW duo Uwe Gürck and Manfred Wechselberger (Polizei Sport Verein Wels) emerged victorious from their own exciting battle for third place to join them on the podium. Mike Roscher and Anna Burkard (Roscher-Burkard-Penz13) came home fifth.
The competitors had to deal with tricky conditions in Sunday’s “Gold” race. Rain made the track extremely slippery, and the machines struggled to find any grip, even on wet-weather tyres. The consequence was a host of spins and crashes. Päivärinta/Kainulainen finished runners-up again. Gürck/Wechselberger were also on course for the podium, until they were no longer able to use sixth gear in the closing stages of the race. Despite this, they still managed to hang on to fourth place. Roscher/Burkard were seventh. Päivärinta/Kainulainen were unable to defend their lead in the World Championship, but trail the leaders by just five points in second place.
In the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ), it was endurance race time at the weekend: the “Sugo Superbike 120 Miles Endurance Race” in Sugo, Japan. Instead of battling for points and positions for themselves, as is usually the case, this race saw two riders alternate on each bike. The duo of Daisaku Sakai and Shinya Takeishi finished eighth on a BMW S 1000 RR run by the CONFIA Flex Motorrad39 team. Fellow BMW riders Koji Teramoto and Yuuta Kodama (Team Tras135HP) came home 13th.
The Miller Motorsports Park in the US state of Utah hosted the Motoamerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship (AMA), Motoamerica for short, at the weekend. Matthew Orange (O.C. Racing) finished 11th and ninth on his BMW S 1000 RR in the Superbike class (AMA SBK). A BMW privateer was also in action in the Superstock class (AMA STK), in the form of Marcel Irnie (Mobi/Irnie Racing). He crashed out of the first race, but finished eighth in race two.
With three races on the schedule, the BMW privateers faced a packed programme on the third race weekend of the AustralAsian Superbike Championship (AAS) at the Sydney Motorsports Park. In the “Formula Xtreme” races, Eray Yusuf finished eighth once and ninth twice on his RR. Peter Stamoulis came home ninth, eighth and tenth. Steve Maher was unlucky: following a crash in race one, he was unable to take part in the second and third races.
Four BMW Motorrad privateers were in action in the “Formula Oz” class.
Anthony Saad finished seventh and eighth in the first two races. In race three, which had to be suspended after three laps, he was not classified. Andy Fisher was 11th, 17th and 14th. Pete Frost finished 16th in the opening race, but crashed out of race two and was unable to compete after that. Steve McLeod only started the first race, in which he finished 24th.