BMW Motorrad privateers in Malaysia get the 2015 season underway
The famous “Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari” in Imola (IT) hosted the Superbike World Championship last weekend – and the BMW Motorrad privateers did well with strong performances. In the elite WSBK, Ayrton Badovini (IT) and BMW Motorrad Italia SBK finished fifth and sixth, giving them their best results of the season to date.
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) race, Roberto Tamburini (IT) rode his BMW S 1000 RR into second place on the podium. This saw him move up from 11th to fourth in the standings of the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy (see below for the current standings). There was also Superbike action in South-East Asia last weekend: In Sepang (MY), the BMW Motorrad privateers kick-started the inaugural season of the all-new Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC).
FIM Superbike World Championship in Imola, Italy.
The fifth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK) was held in Imola (IT) last weekend – it was the home race for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team and rider Ayrton Badovini (IT), who lives just a few kilometres away from the “Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari”.
And what a successful home race: The Italian team proved they are still on the up and got the best results of the season to date when they finished in sixth and fifth. There were already signs on Friday and Saturday that the team and the experts at BMW Motorrad Motorsport had found the right settings for the narrow and difficult track. In the practice sessions Badovini consistently finished in the top seven on his BMW S 1000 RR, and in Superpole qualifying he secured eighth place on the starting grid.
In the first race on Sunday he moved up to sixth in the opening laps, but on the tenth lap the race was red-flagged after a serious accident. After the restart there was a short sprint race over six laps, which saw Badovini finish in sixth. Race two went the full distance of 19 laps – and Badovini finished in fifth, giving him his first top five result of the season.
The two riders from BMW Racing Team Toth also picked up world championship points in Imola: Imre Tóth (HU) finished in 15th and 12th, his team-mate Gábor Rizmayer (HU) crossed the finish line in 16th and 13th.
FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in Imola, Italy.
The BMW S 1000 RR had another podium finish in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) race, which was held as part of the WSBK weekend in Imola. Roberto Tamburini (IT) in action for MotoxRacing on his RR was second to cross the finish line at his home race . This saw him take another step forward in the fight for the title: After three races this season, Tamburini is in second place in the drivers’ standings.
The Italian also moved up in the classification of the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, where he is now in fourth. The second-best BMW Motorrad privateer in Imola was Denni Schiavoni (IT / 2R Racing). He is a regular rider in the Italian Championship (CIV) and was given a wildcard to start in Imola. He finished ninth on his BMW S 1000 RR. Fabio Marchionni (IT) in action on his RR for TR. Corse crossed the finish line in 17th. Luca Oppedisano (IT / DMR Racing), a BMW Motorrad privateer from the CIV who was also given a wildcard to start in Imola, finished the race in 20th.
Malaysia Superbike Championship in Sepang, Malaysia.
Debut in South-East Asia: The inaugural season of the new Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) got underway at the “Sepang International Circuit” just outside Kuala Lumpur (MY) at the weekend. Two races were scheduled for both the Superbike class and the Superstock class. Two BMW Motorrad privateers contested the top category, the Superbike class SBK A, at the season opener.
On his BMW S 1000 RR, Sharulnizam Bin Ramli (MY) finished third on the podium in the second race, after finishing sixth in the first one. Helmi Daud (MY) finished eighth in the first race, but retired in the second.
Four riders were flying the BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours in the Superstock class STK A. Nasarudin Mat Yusop (MY) claimed third place on the podium in both races. Hasnur Rizal Bin Nur Sastra (MY) finished in fifth and sixth, Mohamad Asrul Affendi (MY) finished seventh in both races, and Khoo Chee Yen (MY) crossed the finish line in eighth in both races.
2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.
So far, 64 privateer BMW Motorrad riders from 43 different teams and 19 nations have registered their participation. In 2015, the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy comprises a total of 19 international and national championships. Registration is possible until 30th June 2015.
Participants in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy can once again compete in multiple championships in 2015. However, the points scored in the different championships are not added together, but are calculated separately for each individual race series. The current standings only include points from the race series in which the participant has scored the most Race Trophy points. You can find all the information on the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, including the regulations and registration form, online at the BMW Motorrad Motorsport website:
Status: 13th May 2015
|Pos.||Name (Nat.)||Series / Class||Points|
|1||Matthieu Lussiana (FR)||MT1GP STK GP||133.33|
|2||Michel Amalric (FR)||FR EU||99.69|
|3||Emeric Jonchiere (FR)||FSBK STK||96.00|
|4||Roberto Tamburini (IT)||STK1000||90.00|
|5||Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR)||FR EU||86.15|
|6||Lance Isaacs (ZA)||RSA SBK GP||78.00|
|7||Alastair Seeley (GB)||BSB STK||75.64|
|8||Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR)||FR EU||73.85|
|9||Pekka Päivärinta (FI) / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI)||SWC||61.33|
|10||Markus Reiterberger (DE)||EWC SBK||60.00|
|10||Gareth Jones (AU)||EWC SBK||60.00|
|10||Pedro Vallcaneras (ES)||EWC SBK||60.00|
|13||Madjid Idres (FR)||FR EU||55.38|
|14||Eeki Kuparinen (FI)||CEV AM||52.80|
|15||Florian Drouin (FR)||FR EU||49.23|