Team Motorrad rider Javier Forés is the new champion in the Stock Extreme category of the Spanish Superbike Championship after another impressive victory on his BMW S1000RR. A fifth consecutive victory for Motorrad Competición rider Forés delivered the Spaniard the CEV Buckler Stock Extreme title at Albacete on September 12, with two rounds of the 2010 campaign still to go.
This achievement is the first Spanish title secured by Forés with the Motorrad Competición Team – and yet another accolade achieved by the BMW S1000RR in its first full year of racing in national championships. Forés’ victory in this championship is all the more impressive, as he only needed five of the seven races in the 2010 series to earn enough points for the title victory.
After its traditional two-month summer break, the CEV Buckler Spanish Superbike Championship resumed at the Albacete Circuit over the weekend of September 10-12. Javier Forés was the clear favorite in the Stock Extreme class, coming into this fifth round on the back of four race victories and with a 40-point lead at the top of the standings over Xavier del Amor. Forés knew he could mathematically win the title if he took the victory at Albacete, and Xavier Del Amor failed to get his Ducati on the podium.
Starting from pole position, Forés only had his mind focussed on winning the race, and wasn’t really thinking about the championship. However, the forced retirement of Del Amor on only the second lap (due to a gearbox problem) proved a pivotal moment in the race – although Forés had to fight all the way to the checkered flag to secure victory by just 0.116 seconds, as Honda rider Santiago Barragán provided a stern challenge and achieved his best result of the season in second, with Julián Mazuecos taking his first podium of the campaign in third.
Forés’ victory in front of around 13,000 spectators at Albacete brought the first national championship for Motorrad Competición and BMW Motorrad, which has invested heavily this year with the S1000RR in the Stock Extreme category. His team-mate Enrique Rocamora, who started from seventh place on the grid, also had a great race and was looking good for a podium finish at the 3.539-km circuit until a mistake on lap 16 cost him several places and he finished in sixth.
Although Rocamora was frustrated about not achieving what would have been his third podium in five races, the 10 points he earned for sixth place helped BMW to also win the Manufacturers’ Championship, with 191 points – 89 in front of their nearest challenger Ducati, with Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki even further back. Rocamora is also fourth in the rider points, just 11 behind second-placed Santiago Barragan, so with two rounds remaining in this series, a BMW ‘one-two’ is still possible.
The next race in the CEV Spanish Championship will be held on November 14 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo de Cheste in Valencia. This will be a ‘home’ round for Valencian rider Forés, whose record so far in 2010 has been flawless: five pole positions, five fastest laps and five victories, with several class lap records and a total of 125 points.
However, Forés doesn’t want to wait another two months before racing again, so will be back in action before the sixth round of the CEV, on the same circuit where he was crowned champion just a few days ago. This time, it will be to contest the title of ‘European Champion of Extreme Stock’, which will be decided in a single race. Forés will be focussing on ‘doing the double’ when he returns to Albacete to contest this race on October 24.