Strong performances by the BMW teams in the Endurance World Championship
The privateer BMW riders have once more delivered strong performances in several championships. At the third round of the 2015 FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC), the “8 Hours of Oschersleben” (DE), they were among the very top both in the Superbike and the Superstock classes.
In the British Superbike Championship (BSB), the BMW racers gave the brand its most successful weekend so far, claiming four podiums in the Superbike class and two in the Superstock race at Cadwell Park (GB).
At the season finale of the 2015 FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC) in Oschersleben (DE) there was also a podium finish for BMW. In addition, the BMW S 1000 RR riders have been in action in South Africa again.
FIM Endurance World Championship in Oschersleben, Germany
The “8 Hours of Oschersleben” (DE) marked the third and penultimate round of the 2015 FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC). On this occasion, the BMW teams, supported by the experts of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, impressed with strong outings.
In its debut season in the highest Superbike category (EWC SBK), BMW MOTORRAD France Penz13.com with riders Markus Reiterberger (DE), Bastien Mackels (NL) and Pedro Vallcaneras (ES) proved to be one of the top teams in EWC.
Reiterberger set the fastest times both in free practice and the qualifying sessions on the number 13 BMW S 1000 RR. The grid was determined by the average time of all three riders in a team and Penz13.com qualified a strong fourth. In the early stages of the 8-hour race the number 13 RR was in the overall lead in front of all the established EWC teams.
However, Lady Luck left the trio over the course of the race. The team dropped back after a scheduled pit stop had to be done during a safety car period. In the final hour the team had to change the clutch. The mechanics did this in a fantastic time of less than five minutes, but could not avoid a further loss of positions. With a great final spurt the number 13 RR fought its way back and Reiterberger, Mackels and Vallcaneras finished the race in sixth overall (fifth in the Superbike class).
In the Superstock class of the EWC (EWC STK), local heroes VÖLPKER NRT48 & PENZ 13 BY SCHUBERT from Oschersleben put in a strong performance. Riders Marco Nekvasil (AT), Dominik Vincon (DE) and Stefan Kerschbaumer (DE) secured the Superstock pole position on the number 48 BMW S 1000 RR (a strong sixth on the overall grid).
In the race, the BMW trio was in second place in the Superstock class until the final phase. However, they lost positions after a fall. After eight hours the number 48 RR crossed the finish line in tenth place in the Superstock class and in 24th place overall.
The BMW S 1000 RR of Prime Factors Racing started from sixth in the Superstock class, but Gary Mason (GB), Barry Burrell (GB) and Stefan Cappella (GB) retired during the race. In the Open class, two BMW teams rode onto the podium: RS Speedbikes Racing came second (15th overall), MSD-Steeldesign.de finished third in this class (20th overall).
The season finale of the FIM Endurance World Championship will be held on 19th/20th September, with the Bol d’Or in Le Castellet (FR).
British Superbike Championship in Cadwell Park, Great Britain
For round eight of the 2015 season, the British Superbike Championship (BSB) travelled to Cadwell Park (GB) last weekend.
It turned out to be the most successful BSB round for BMW to date: in the exciting and fiercely fought races of the Superbike class (BSB SBK), BMW racers claimed four of six podium finishes available, more than ever before on one weekend. In addition, there were two more podiums for the BMW S 1000 RR in the Superstock class (BSB STK).
In the first of the two Superbike races four RRs crossed the finish line in the top five. Peter Hickman (GB / RAF Reserves BMW) finished second, while Billy McConnell (AU / Smiths Racing BMW) was third, celebrating his first ever podium in the BSB Superbike class.
The top was was completed by the two Tyco BMW riders Tommy Bridewell (GB / fourth) and Michael Laverty (GB / fifth), who both crossed the line only a few tenths of a second behind the podium positions. Richard Cooper (GB), who raced on a third BMW S 1000 RR for Buildbase BMW Motorrad, finished eighth.
His team-mates Lee Jackson (GB) and Ryuichi Kiyonari (JP) also picked up points for 12th and 14th places. Race two was no less exciting. In the end, Hickman again secured second place, and in doing so the BMW racer celebrated his first ever double podium in BSB. Bridewell finished third on the podium, only 0.175 seconds behind Hickman. His team-mate Laverty slid off the track when fighting for the podium.
McConnell finished sixth this time, closely followed by Cooper on the Buildbase BMW S 1000 RR in seventh place. Jackson crossed the finish line in 11th, ahead of Martin Jessopp (GB / Riders Motorcycles BMW) in 12th. In the overall rankings Bridewell is fourth after eight rounds with 141 points, while Laverty holds sixth with 126 points.
In the Superstock class, the ninth race of the season was held at Cadwell Park – with two BMW racers finishing on the podium. Alastair Seeley (GB / Tyco BMW) was second, Hudson Kennaugh (ZA / Trik-Moto BMW) came home third.
Just outside the podium followed another RR rider: Luke Quigley (GB / Formwise Washrooms / Bathams) finished fourth. Dominic Usher (GB / DU Racing BMW) and Billy Mellor (GB / Able Engineering) also rode into the top ten, finishing eighth and tenth.
FIM Sidecar World Championship in Oschersleben, Germany
Oschersleben (DE) was the venue for an exciting season finale of the 2015 FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC) last weekend. In the final two heats – a 12-lap sprint race on Saturday and a 20-lap “Gold Race” on Sunday – three sidecar teams were battling for the world championship crown.
Among them was the Finnish BMW duo of Pekka Päivärinta and Kirsi Kainulainen (44-Racing). In Saturday’s race they finished third on the podium, keeping their title hopes alive.
In Sunday’s race, however, they dropped back after a good start when they briefly went off track. After a fight-back, Päivärinta/Kainulainen crossed the line in fourth. In the championship classification, they finished third overall, only 15 points behind the new world champions Bennie Streuer/Geert Koerts (NL).
Uwe Gürck (DE) and Manfred Wechselberger (AT) finished the races in fourth and fifth on their BMW sidecar from Polizei Sport Verein Wels. They ended the season in fourth place. Mike Roscher/Anna Burkhard (DE / Roscher-Burkard-Penz13) were eighth and seventh in Oschersleben. In the overall rankings they finished fifth.
South African SuperGP Champions Trophy in Delmas, South Africa
The sixth and penultimate race weekend of the 2015 South African Super GP Champions Trophy (RSA SBK) was held at Red Star Raceway near Delmas (ZA). BMW privateer Lance Isaacs (ZA / Black Swan Energy) was fighting for the podium in both races with his BMW S 1000 RR but the hot conditions with temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius prevented him from finishing within the top three.
In race one he had to slow down when the bike’s temperature gauge rose significantly. He opted not to risk any damage and crossed the line in fourth. In race two Isaacs was riding in third position when his rear shock overheated. He was no longer able to attack, but saved a sixth place finish. The same results were achieved by Nicholas Kershaw (ZA / Tsunami Beach Bar BMW). He was sixth in race one with his BMW S 1000 RR and crossed the line in fourth in the second race.
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||Jordan Szoke (CA)||CSBK PR||341.67|
|2||Markus Reiterberger (DE)||IDM SBK||299.52|
|3||Roland Resch (AT)||AARR SBK||292.36|
|4||Matthieu Lussiana (FR)||MT1GP STK GP||254.07|
|5||Pekka Päivärinta / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI)||SWC||250.67|
|6||Michal Prášek (CZ)||AARR STK||235.00|
|7||Alastair Seeley (GB)||BSB STK||229.82|
|8||Roberto Tamburini (IT)||STK1000||212.00|
|9||Michal Šembera (CZ)||AARR STK||203.33|
|10||Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR)||FR EU||203.08|
|11||Hudson Kennaugh (ZA)||BSB STK||181.82|
|12||Lee Johnston (GB)||BMW RRC||181.33|
|13||Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR)||FR EU||179.69|
|14||Michel Amalric (FR)||FR EU||160.00|
|15||Janez Prosenik (SI)||AARR SBK||157.09|