BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Magny-Cours, France, 01/07/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The “Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours” in Magny-Cours hosted the fifth race weekend of the season in both the French Superbike Championship (FSBK) and the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU). There were more top-eight finishes for the BMW Motorrad privateers in the FSBK. In the FR EU, for bikes from European manufacturers, BMW riders claimed a one-two-three.
Emeric Jonchière (ERT BMW Motorrad Club France), the best-placed FSBK rider in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, scored more Race Trophy points in Magny-Cours and climbed to ninth place in the competition for BMW privateers. He came home eighth in the Stock class (16th overall) in both FSBK races. His team-mate Camille Hedelin made his comeback in the FSBK in Magny-Cours after a long break. He failed to finish race one and was 15th in the Stock class (23rd overall) in the second race.
Nicolas Pouhair (MSC Courneuvien 93), who races in the EVO class in the FSBK on his BMW S 1000 RR, was determined to follow on where he left off after his successful outing a fortnight ago in Lédenon, where he finished fourth and fifth in his class. However, the weekend in Magny-Cours did not go to plan for Pouhair. He crashed in qualifying, causing serious damage to his RR. Pouhair was unable to line up on the grid for race one. In the second race, he was the best-placed BMW rider in 12th place overall and seventh in the EVO class.
In the FR EU, the BMW Motorrad privateers continued on the road to success, claiming a one-two-three for the BMW S 1000 RR in the first of the two races. Florian Brunet-Lugardon (Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise) came home first, ahead of Benjamin Colliaux (Team CMS – R2T), who had started from pole. Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (also Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise) finished third to complete the podium. In total, eight BMW S 1000 RRs came home in the top 11. Florian Drouin (GD Performance) was sixth, just ahead of fellow BMW rider Julien Brun (Team JB Racing) and Denis Paviot (Mecasport) in seventh and eighth. Philippe Thiais finished tenth on the second Mecasport RR, while Madijd Idres (ERT BMW Motorrad Club France) was 11th.
In race two, the Brunet-Lugardon brothers were on their way to a one-two, with Florian leading Cyril until just a few laps from the finish. However, Cyril crashed out first, before Florian also fell. He was able to continue the race, and eventually finished sixth. Flying the BMW flag on the podium at the end of the second race was again Colliaux, who finished third. He was followed in fourth and fifth by Brun and Paviot. Drouin came home seventh behind Florian Brunet-Lugardon. Léon Benichou (RMS) and Michel Amalric (GD Performance) completed the top ten in ninth and tenth place.
Florian Brunet-Lugardon climbed to third in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy standings courtesy of his win and sixth place.