BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Alcañiz, Spain and Knockhill, Great Britain, 08/07/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
A successful weekend for BMW riders in the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV): the fourth round of the season at MotorLand Aragón saw both Daniel Rivas and Iván Silva land their BMW S 1000 RRs on the podium, while Eeki Kuparinen won the privateer class. In the British Superbike Championship (BSB), BMW Motorrad privateer Michael Laverty was also in contention to win at Knockhill.
MotorLand Aragón in Alcañiz was the venue for round four of the 2015 FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV). The ultra-modern racetrack in the north of Spain, which features long straights, has been an extremely happy stomping ground for the powerful BMW S 1000 RR in the past. And that remained the case at the weekend in the Superbike race in the CEV. In scorching temperatures, two BMW riders made it onto the podium.
Daniel Rivas (boxmotos.com Easyrace SBK Team) finished runner-up to claim his best result of the season. Fellow BMW rider Iván Silva (Targobank Motorsport) was embroiled in a hard-fought battle with Rivas for much of the race, but then had to back off with a mechanical problem. Despite this, he still finished third to join Rivas on the podium. Silva climbed to second place in the overall standings.
In total, four BMW S 1000 RRs came home in the top six. Rivas’ team-mate Adrián Bonastre was fifth, followed by Eeki Kuparinen (Motomarket Racing) in sixth. This was enough to earn Kuparinen his first win of the season in the privateer class (CEV AM). In the race for the privateer title, Kuparinen, in third place overall, closed the gap to the leader to 11 points. His team-mate Mika Höglund was also in the points: he finished 14th in the privateer class (19th overall).
BMW Motorrad privateers also impressed with some strong performances at the fifth race weekend in the British Superbike Championship (BSB) at Knockhill – however, luck was not on their side on an eventful weekend.
There was unbridled joy for Michael Laverty and his Tyco BMW team after race one of the Superbike class (BSB SBK): Laverty produced a sensational performance to cross the line second on his BMW S 1000 RR and claim his first podium of the season. However, the celebrations were short-lived. The stewards concluded that he had overtaken Josh Brookes during a yellow flag period, after another rider had crashed shortly beforehand. Laverty was given a one-second penalty, which dropped him back to fourth place. “Neither Josh nor I saw any flags, as the incident had only just happened when we arrived at the corner. But rules are rules, and you just have to accept it,” he said.
In race two, Laverty launched another assault on the top positions. He started the race from pole and led the field for a long time. However, the race was then interrupted due to a short shower. After the restart, technical problems meant Laverty was no longer able to maintain his pace. He eventually crossed the line in sixth place. “On the one hand I am disappointed, but on the other I am satisfied. That is the first time this season that I have been in contention to win. I am feeling more and more comfortable on the Tyco BMW. That gives me confidence for the rest of the season, as we have not yet exhausted our full potential,” said Laverty.
His team-mate Tommy Bridewell was seventh in the opening race, but crashed out in race two. Bridewell is sixth in the championship, meaning he is still in the top six, which is so important in the BSB. After nine race weekends, the top six riders go head to head for the title in the “Showdown”. After the race at Knockhill, Bridewell immediately boarded a plane for Japan. He will join the BMW MOTORRAD France Penz13.com team, where he will compete alongside Markus Reiterberger and Bastien Mackels at the prestigious eight-hour race in Suzuka at the end of July. In preparation for this endurance classic, the team is testing in Suzuka this week.
Ryuichi Kiyonari had a mixed weekend in Knockhill: he crashed in race one, before finishing fourth on his Buildbase BMW S 1000 RR in the second race. This was enough to see Kiyonari climb into the top ten in the championship. Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) was tenth and ninth, Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW Motorrad) ended both races in 11th place, and Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing BMW) came home 12th and 21st.
In the Superstock class (BSB STK), Alastair Seeley claimed pole position on his Tyco BMW. However, his turbulent race came to a premature end after a crash. Fellow BMW riders Hudson Kennaugh (Trik-Moto BMW), Luke Quigley (Formwise Washrooms / Bathams) und Dominic Usher (DU Racing BMW) fell prey to a similar fate. Rob McNealy (McNealy Brown Ltd.) ended the eventful race in the points, coming home 14th on his RR.