Resch regains the lead in the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
Two more titles, three wins and numerous podium finishes: it was another successful weekend for the BMW S 1000 RR. In the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) the titles in the Superbike and Superstock classes went to BMW racers, with Roland Resch (AT) being crowned SBK champion and Michal Prášek winning the STK title.
The season finale at the Slovakia Ring (SK) saw three wins and a total of eight podium finishes for the BMW riders. Their fellow BMW racers in the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) have also been successful on their outings in Sepang (MY). In addition, the BMW S 1000 RR was also in action in the US and Japan.
Meanwhile, the battle for the top of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy continues to be exciting, with Resch regaining the lead.
2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The situation at the very top of the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy has changed once more. By claiming two podium finishes at the season finale of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) at the Slovakia Ring (SK), Austrian Roland Resch (AARR SBK) regained the lead in the rankings.
He now has 344.73 Race Trophy points to his name. The previous leader, Jordan Szoke (CA / CSBK PR), is now second with 341.67 points. Markus Reiterberger (DE / IDM SBK) is currently third with 299.52 points. It is a top-three of champions: all three have claimed the title in their individual championships this year. While Resch and Szoke have finished the seasons in their series, Reiterberger has one more round to go in the SUPERBIKE*IDM.
However, the number of points for Resch and Szoke are not final, as at the end of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy season the extra points for championship titles, pole positions and so on will be rewarded to all competitors (see full rankings below).
Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship at the Slovakia Ring, Slovakia
A great finale to a successful season: at the final round of the 2015 Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR), the BMW racers have been in the spotlight once more. At the Slovakia Ring near Bratislava (SK) two of them were crowned champions, and there were three wins and a total of eight podium finishes for the BMW S 1000 RR.
Roland Resch (AT / Reitwagen-Racing) had secured the title in the Superbike class (AARR SBK) at the penultimate round in August, and wrapped up his season with two more podiums in Slovakia. In the Superstock class (AARR STK), Michal Prášek (CZ / Rohac and Fejta motoracing team) claimed the title after also stepping onto the podium.
The two Czech BMW riders Lukáš Pešek (BMW Motorrad Czech) and Michal Filla (BMW Sikora Motorsport) contributed to the successful weekend for BMW by securing race wins in Slovakia.
Pešek secured pole position for the first race of the Superbike class and took the win after a thrilling duel with Resch. Being runner-up over most of the distance, he took the lead in the final stages of the race and crossed the line with an advantage of two seconds. Resch finished second to complete the one-two result for the RR.
A total of six BMW riders finished the first race in the top ten. Pešek’s team-mate Martin Choy (BG) finished fourth, directly followed by Ireneusz Sikora (PL / BMW Sikora Team) in fifth place. Miloš Cihak (CZ) crossed the finish line in seventh on the third RR in the race for BMW Motorrad Czech, Wolfgang Gammer (AT / heating factory) finished in ninth. Pawel Gorka (PL / BMW Motorrad Czech) in 11th, while István Bezzegh (HU / Superbike Raceteam) in 15th also rode into the points.
In race two, Pešek and Resch secured another double podium for the BMW S 1000 RR. They were fighting a nail-biting three-way-battle with Pawel Szkopek (PL) for the lead. After 11 laps, Pešek crossed the line in second only 0.073 seconds behind Szkopek. Resch, who set the fastest race lap with a new track record, was third on the podium.
This time, six of the top eight spots went to the RR. Choy finished fifth, Cihak in sixth. Daniel Bukowski (PL) crossed the finish line in seventh on the BMW S 1000 RR of Zlotniccy Racing and Gammer rounded off the top eight in eighth place. Bezzegh and Bartlomiej Lewandowski (PL / Team LRP Poland) in 13th and 15th also picked up points.
In the Superstock class Filla won both races on his RR. On both occasions he was not the only BMW rider on the podium: in race one, Filla’s team-mate Bartlomiej Wiczynski (PL) finished third. In the second race Prášek claimed third on the podium to finally secure the championship title.
Malaysia Superbike Championship in Sepang, Malaysia
The Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur (MY) hosted the third round of the 2015 Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) last weekend. In each category, three races were held – with the BMW racers claiming numerous podium finishes.
In the Superbike category (MSC SBK), Colin Butler (CA) finished third overall on the podium on his BMW S 1000 RR in race one. He was fourth overall in the other two races. These were also his results in the classification for the Superbike A class. In the Superbike B class BMW racers clinched a total of six podium finishes. Gavin Macdonald (GB) was second in the class on all three occasions (ninth, seventh and eighth overall).
Fellow BMW rider Mohd Najuib Bin Alias (MY) was third on the podium in the first two races (both times tenth overall). In race three RR rider Ahmad Abas (MY) was third (tenth overall). In the Superstock class (MSC STK) the best BMW rider was Nasarudin Mat Yusop (GB) with two fifth places. Hansur Rizal Nur Sastra (MY) also claimed a fifth position on his RR.
MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series in Millville, USA
The final round of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series (AMA) took place at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville (US) last weekend. Steve Rapp (US) was the best-placed BMW rider. He finished the two races in 11th and eighth overall (seventh and fifth in the Superstock class).
Newly-crowned champion of the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK), Jordan Szoke (CA), made a guest appearance in New Jersey on his BMW S 1000 RR. He came home 15th overall and ninth in the Superstock class (AMA STK) in race one, but crashed in race two. Jeremy Cook (US) finished the first race 23rd overall and 16th in the STK class, but was also not classified in race two.
MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship in Autopolis, Japan
The fifth race of the season in the Superbike class of the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) was held in Autopolis (JP) last weekend. The best-placed BMW rider was Daisaku Sakai (JP), who came home 14th on the BMW S 1000 RR run by the CONFIA Flex Motorrad39 team. His team-mate Shinya Takeishi (JP) followed him over the finish line in 15th place. Koji Teramoto (JP) finished 16th on the Tras135HP team’s RR.
2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings
In 2015 the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy comprises a total of 19 international and national championships. Participants in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy can compete in multiple championships. The points scored in the different championships 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 online at the BMW Motorrad Motorsport website:
|Pos.||Name (Nat.)||Series / Class||Points|
|1||Roland Resch (AT)||AARR SBK||344.73|
|2||Jordan Szoke (CA)||CSBK PR||341.67|
|3||Markus Reiterberger (DE)||IDM SBK||299.52|
|4||Matthieu Lussiana (FR)||MT1GP STK GP||294.81|
|5||Michal Prášek (CZ)||AARR STK||269.67|
|6||Alastair Seeley (GB)||BSB STK||266.18|
|7||Pekka Päivärinta / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI)||SWC||250.67|
|8||Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR)||FR EU||242.46|
|9||Lukáš Pešek (CZ)||AARR SBK||218.18|
|10||Roberto Tamburini (IT)||STK1000||212.00|
|11||Cyril Brunet-Lugardon||FR EU||211.69|
|12||Hudson Kennaugh (ZA)||BSB STK||205.09|
|13||Michal Šembera (CZ)||AARR STK||203.33|
|14||Michel Amalric (FR)||FR EU||182.15|
|15||Lee Johnston (GB)||BMW RRC||181.33|