On June 19, the Superbike World Championship will visit the Motorland Aragón circuit in Spain for the first time, but the S1000RR riders in the CEV Buckler Spanish Superbike Championship have already visited the 5.077km track, with five BMWs finishing in the top ten in the Stock Extreme race that took place there on May 8.
Three weeks after the spectacular opening round of the 2011 Spanish season at Jerez, thousands of motorcycle racing fans turned up at Motorland to watch 128 riders from 15 different countries competing in the various race classes, from 125GP to Stock Extreme, where an exciting new duel between BMW and Kawasaki is developing.
At Jerez in April, four BMW’s finished in the top six, with Xavier Del Amor taking a well deserved second place on the RR for the Motorrad Competicion team. At Motorland Aragon, the Stock Extreme race was just as exciting, with Santiago Barragán again taking the victory, but Xavier del Amor not far behind and claiming his second consecutive podium on the RR.
British rider Kyle David Smith had been the initial race leader until Barragán took over first spot, and it was a position he did not relinquish. When Smith crashed his Kawasaki early in the race, it left Del Amor in a fight with Enrique Ferrer, team-mate Alberto López and RR privateer Alex Mariñelarena.
Free from any challenges from his competitors, Del Amor began to move ahead and record fastest laps until he reached Ivan Silva in second place and the pair initiated a magnificent battle which lasted right until the last stages of the race with Del Amor coming out on top and beating Silva by just under a second.
BMW rider Alejandro Mariñelarena finished fourth on the CNS Motorsport RR, having recorded the fastest lap of the race and achieving the best privateer finish. Del Amor’s team-mate Alberto Lopez finished in sixth place on his RR at Motorland, the same result he achieved last month in Jerez, and other team-mate Dani Rivas finished in seventh — a good result after suffering a small crash in the warm-up, which injured his wrist and made it difficult to control his RR under heavy braking.
This second round of the 2011 CEV Buckler series currently sees Del Amor in second place, with 40 points and Dani Rivas fourth in the provisional standings on 25 points. Just one point behind is Alejandro Mariñelarena on his privateer RR, while Alberto Lopez is seventh on 20 points.
With four RR riders in the top seven, there is everything to play for when the next race takes place at the Montmeló circuit on June 19, where the Motorrad riders will test their RRs the week before the race. The Catalunya track is close to Del Amor’s house, so he is hoping the home support at the third round of the 2011 CEV Buckler will help him achieve his first victory for BMW and Team Motorrad Competicion.