BMW Motorrad can celebrate its first victory for the BMW S1000RR at a World Championship race. At the second round of the 2011 FIM Endurance World Championship, the BMW Motorrad France 99 team was dominant during the eight-hour race in Albacete, Spain. Rider Erwan Nigon (FRA) set the tempo from the very beginning and, eight hours later, team-mate Sébastien Gimbert (FRA) brought the BMW S1000RR over the finish line with a lead of over half a minute.
With support from Munich, the BMW Motorrad France 99 team is competing in its first complete season in the FIM Endurance World Championship. Last year the team made occasional appearances, at which they were already able to establish themselves among the leaders. In the first race of the season, the team secured a podium finish at the renowned “Bol d’Or” 24-hour race in Magny-Cours (FRA). The second race, in Albacete, produced victory number one. It moves Team BMW Motorrad France 99 up to second place in the championship standings, just two points behind the leaders.
“We were expecting a good result in Albacete, but the victory exceeds all expectations,” said Team Principal Volker Scheck. “The bike was flawless throughout the entire race. I am delighted that we were able to present BMW Motorrad with the first World Championship win for the BMW S1000RR. It is nice to give something back after all the invaluable support.”
“To get this first victory for the team, BMW and Michelin is a great feeling. Particularly as they all worked so hard to make it possible,” explained rider Nigon. His teammate Gimbert added, “I am delighted for the team, BMW and Michelin that we are able to celebrate our first win in the Endurance World Championship after one and a half years of hard work from all involved.”
The team, BMW Motorrad France and the BMW Motorrad customer program are collaborating closely on this project. Among other things, BMW in Munich provides technical support and experience in competitive racing. “We are overjoyed and congratulate the team for this super performance,” said Berthold Hauser, head of BMW Motorrad HP Race Support. “For us, it is very special to know that we can win a World Championship race. All the top names on the scene line up here. The victory is the result of the uncomplicated and seamless cooperation between Munich, the team and BMW Motorrad France.”
As well as the overall victory, the BMW S1000RR also claimed the class victory in the Superstock category. BMW Team Van Zon Boenig Motorsportschool won with Werner Daemen (BEL), Michal Filla (CZE) and Grégory Fastré (BEL). BMW Motorrad customer teams also celebrated success in the International German Championship (IDM) at the Nürburgring (GER) this weekend. Michael Ranseder (AUT) of Team Fritze Tuning Lietz Sport won the first race. In total, six BMW S1000RR riders finished in the top ten. In the second race, Freddy Papunen from Team Wilbers BMW finished third to secure another podium finish.