While Alastair Seeley (GB) and Lee Johnston (GB) claimed a double win for BMW Motorrad at the North West 200 (GB) (see own release), their fellow BMW riders claimed further successes around the globe this weekend. Markus Reiterberger (DE), Roland Resch (AT) and Michal Prášek (CZ) rode their BMW S 1000 RRs to victories in Belgium and Italy, Lance Isaacs (ZA) was successful in South Africa and Roberto Tamburini (IT), Fabrizio Perotti (IT), Janez Prosenik (SI), Michal Šembera (CZ), Krasen Kanchev (BG), Marek Szkopek (PL) and Adam Christie (AU) enjoyed podium honours in Italy and Australia. After a weekend full of racing action, the rankings of the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy has been mixed up (see full standings below).
International German Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM in Zolder, Belgium.
The second round of the SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM) in Zolder, Belgium, saw Markus Reiterberger (DE) leaving the competition behind him once more on his BMW S 1000 RR. At the curtain raiser at the Lausitzring (DE), he celebrated a double win and also at Zolder, the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider was victorious in both races. His rivals had a hint of what to expect in free practice: almost playfully he secured the fastest lap times in all sessions. When it rained in Saturday’s Superpole qualifying, he had to settle with “only” third on the grid, but in both of Sunday’s races – now in dry conditions again – Reiterberger was in a class of his own again.
In race one, Reiterberger took the lead on the second lap and from then on continuously pulled away from the rest of the field. He took the chequered flag nine seconds ahead of his closest rival. In race two, Reiterberger’s dominance was even more significant. He led from the start, pulled away from the field and won with the incredible advantage of 26 seconds. Reiterberger’s summary of the season so far reads: four wins in four races and the lead in the championship with the maximum possible number of 100 points. Second best BMW rider in Zolder was Matej Smrz on the BMW S 1000 RR from Wilbers BMW Racing. The Czech finished sixth in race one and fourth in race two.
The BMW colours on the Superstock podium at Zolder were represented by Dominik Vincon (DE / BMW Stilgenbauer), who claimed second place in race two. In the first heat, Vincon retired. Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NL) finished fifth and sixth in the class. Lucy Glöckner (DE), who had secured pole-position in the Superstock class on the Wilbers BMW S 1000 RR, struggled with brake problems and had to settle for 11th and tenth.
Italian Superbike Championship in Vallelunga, Italy.
The popular Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) rolled into the outskirts of Rome (IT) last weekend. The second round of the season was held in Vallelunga (IT) and produced two podiums for the BMW S 1000 RR. Roberto Tamburini (IT) from the Motoxracing team finished runner-up on his BMW S 1000 RR in Saturday’s opening race. Fabrizio Perotti (IT / Tutapista) was fifth and Denni Schiavoni (IT / 2R Racing) came home tenth. In race two on Sunday, Perotti finished second to claim another podium for the BMW S 1000 RR. He was joined in the top six by another three BMWs: Tamburini was fourth this time, followed by fellow BMW riders Alessio Corradi (IT / DMR Racing) and Marco Muzio (IT / Pro Recco Racing) in fifth and sixth.
Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship in Adria, Italy.
The Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) kicked off at the Adria Raceway in Italy at the weekend – with BMW Motorrad riders enjoying an extremely successful start to the new season. In the Superbike class, Roland Resch (AT) from the Reitwagen-Racing team clinched victory in the second of the two races on his BMW S 1000 RR. Resch had previously finished runner-up in race one. Janez Prosenik (SI / BMW AMD TREBNJE) joined him on the podium after race one courtesy of his third place. He finished fourth in race two. Martin Choy (BG / BMW Motorrad Czech EKO) came home fifth and seventh.
In the Superstock class, which saw an all-BMW field for the opening round, victory in both races went to Michal Prášek (CZ / Rohac and Fejta Motoracing Team). Michal Šembera (CZ / WILLI Race Team) was second on both occasions. The third spot on the podium went to Krasen Kanchev (BG / AIT Racing Team) in race one and Marek Szkopek (PL / LRP Poland) in race two.
South African SuperGP Champions Trophy in Cape Town, South Africa.
The third round of the 2015 South African SuperGP Champions Trophy was held at Killarney International Raceway near Cape Town (ZA). The Sunday brought a provisional win for the BMW S 1000 RR, which was changed to a third place later on. After race one, Black Swan Racing rider Lance Isaacs (ZA) climbed onto the top step of the podium as winner of the SuperGP class (RSA SBK GP). However, the result was revised later and Isaacs was classified third. The reason for this: after a rider had crashed, the medical car went out on track and the riders slowed down as they were expecting a red flag. However, the race was not stopped, but completed over the full distance of 15 laps. Isaacs crossed the line on his BMW S 1000 RR as the winner. After a meeting of the stewards, it was decided to declare the result after 11 laps, which was before the medical car took to the circuit. At that time, Isaacs was in third position. In race two, Isaacs experienced some suspension issues and finished sixth in the SuperGP class. Nicholas Kershaw (ZA) was seventh on his Tsunami Beach Bar BMW S 1000 RR, after having retired in race one.
AustralAsian Superbike Championship in Mallala, Australia.
Busy weekend for the riders in the AustralAsian Superbike Championship (AAS): at round two, held at Mallala Motorsport Park in Southern Australia, three races per class were contested. On this occasion, BMW rider Adam Christie (AU) celebrated a triple podium in the “Formula Oz” class. He claimed one second and two third places on his BMW S 1000 RR. Fellow BMW rider Brett Kitchin (AU) finished all three races in seventh.
MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Superbike Championship at VIR, USA.
Virginia International Raceway (US) was the venue of the third round of the new MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Superbike Championship (AMA) last weekend. The colours of BMW Motorrad Motorsport were represented by two privateer riders. In the Superbike class, Matthew Orange (US / OC Racing) claimed a top-ten finish, being tenth in race one. In the Superstock class, Jeremy Cook (US / Dead Presidents Racing) finished both races in eighth.
2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.
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: 20th 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||Lance Isaacs (ZA)||RSA SBK GP||96.86|
|4||Emeric Jonchiere (FR)||FSBK STK||96.00|
|5||Roberto Tamburini (IT)||STK1000||90.00|
|6||Markus Reiterberger (DE)||IDM SBK||88.10|
|7||Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR)||FR EU||86.15|
|8||Alastair Seeley (GB)||BMW RRC||80.00|
|9||Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR)||FR EU||73.85|
|10||Lee Johnston (GB)||BMW RRC||67.56|
|11||Pekka Päivärinta (FI) / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI)||SWC||61.33|
|12||Gareth Jones (AU)||EWC SBK||60.00|
|12||Pedro Vallcaneras (ES)||EWC SBK||60.00|
|14||Madjid Idres (FR)||FR EU||55.38|
|15||Eeki Kuparinen (FI)||CEV AM||52.80|