A historic 1-2-3 finish for BMW Motorrad team riders Javier Forés, Xavier Del Amor and Alberto López was the perfect way to end the seventh and final round of the CEV Buckler Spanish Stock Extreme Superbike Championship on November 20 at Jerez circuit.
Although it was a dream finish to the season, this final race in front of 11,700 spectators was full of drama due to rough weather conditions. A wet track brought out the first red flag of the season when two riders crashed on the starting grid and the BMW riders had to return to the pits from a leading position for a race restart over a shortened distance of nine laps.
RR rider Xavi Forés made a good start to the second leg of the race and was placed second in the first corner behind British rider Kyle Smith, who put his Kawasaki in front of Forés and his BMW team-mates Javier Del Amor and Alberto López. However, on the second lap, Forés took the lead and shortly after, his two teammates closed the gap on Smith, who was overtaken by them both before crashing out just before the halfway point.
With four laps remaining, and the three Team Motorrad RR riders out in front, it was 2010 Spanish Stock Extreme champion Forés who went on to take the victory at the circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, where he had also won last year. By finishing in second place – just 0.988 seconds behind Forés – Xavi Del Amor was able to secure third place in the final championship standings. Team-mate Alberto López finished third – his best result of the season – while the nearest challenger was almost 12 seconds further back in fourth place.
“I am very happy to have finished 2011 with a victory like this,” said 2010 champion Xavi Forés, who has had an incredibly busy year, having ridden in the Moto2 World Championship, the Superbike World Championship (with the BMW Motorrad Italia team) the European Championship and the CEV Spanish Championship. “This victory is very special to me and it was great being with my teammates on the podium, because BMW and our Motorrad team deserved it.”
This was a view shared by #34 RR rider Javier Del Amor, who said “It was a hard race, but we knew we had to stay and finish ahead of Enrique Ferrer to secure third place overall. I want to thank the whole Motorrad team for the impeccable job they have done and I’m very happy to be part of this triple podium for BMW. Congratulations also to Ivan Silva for winning the title.”
The final word went to Manuel Alonso, Team Manager of Motorrad Competición, who said, “It has been a fantastic weekend, earning a well-deserved award for the riders and all members of the Team, who have worked very hard throughout the season. Congratulations to Berto, who scored his first podium in the CEV and to Forés for the excellent victory. We have shown that the BMW is competitive and this result is the perfect way to end the season on a high. It also gives us plenty to think about and plan for 2012, when we’ll be using the new BMW RR with many technological improvements. We expect to fight for the title next year.”