BMW S1000RR rider Richard Cooper has won the British Superstock 1000 title after an action-packed race at the famous Silverstone circuit in the UK on September 25. The Nottinghamshire rider has a long racing history with BMW Motorrad stretching back to the International Boxer Cup Championship from 2002 to 2004 on the R1100S and the 2007 World Endurance Championship on the HP2 Sport. Still only 28-years-old, ‘Cooperman’ has won his first National Superstock 1000 Championship – the series that has supported this year’s British Superbike Championship – with one round still remaining.
His second season on the BMW S1000RR has been markedly different from his first year, which was hampered with ‘arm pump’ that required surgery to correct midway through the season. In 11 races since his 2011 campaign began back in April, Richard has qualified on pole position four times, completed every race and finished on the podium seven times, including four race wins.
Heading into this latest race at Silverstone, Richard was in a strong position having qualified on pole again and holding a commanding lead over his nearest rival. However, he made a terrible start which saw him drop back to 20th position in a packed field of almost 40 riders. Cooper fought his way aggressively back through the pack to finish sixth – only 2.1 seconds behind winner and fellow RR rider Luke Quigley – overtaking 14 riders on his way to the championship victory.
With a 46.5-point lead and a maximum of 25 points available from the final round at Brands Hatch on October 9, a delighted Richard Cooper has safely secured the 2011 Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship with one round of the series still remaining.
“I’m feeling relieved! That was the hardest race of my life and definitely the worst start of my life,” said Richard after the title victory celebrations. “I fought back from 20th to sixth, all the while nervous of braking too hard or opening the throttle too fast. It’s a big result for me and for the Buildbase BMW Motorrad team.
“I’d like to thank BMW Motorrad for giving me the opportunity to ride the S1000RR these past two years, for helping me cure my arm pump and helping us win this championship. I look forward to the final round at Brands Hatch where I hope we can round off the season with another podium finish.”
This is the second consecutive British Superstock 1000 Championship title won by a BMW rider, as Jon Kirkham won the 2010 Metzeler British Superstock 1000 Championship last year.
Stuart Hicken, team principal, said: “It’s been a very, very good weekend for us and we’re leaving with the Superstock 1000 title in the bag. Richard didn’t make it easy, but he delivered the title with a race still to run. We’d like to thank everyone involved for their support with taking Richard’s first ever title and BMW Motorrad’s second consecutive Superstock 1000 title.”