The BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team has successfully taken part in the third round of the 2012 Italian championship (Campionato Italiano Velocità) at the Monza circuit, with the team’s two full-time SuperStock 1000 class riders Sylvain Barrier and Lorenzo Baroni entering this event as wildcards – and Barrier coming away with the victory.
Coming just one week before the Superbike World Championship and FIM Superstock 1000 Cup round at the same legendary circuit, this national championship round was the perfect opportunity for Barrier and Baroni to prepare for the upcoming Superstock challenge this weekend (May 6).
After two victories in the first two FIM Superstock 1000 Cup races, Barrier came away with the victory in this race on April 29, making it three wins from three competitive races in 2012. The French rider started from the pole position and was in second at turn 1. He took an early race lead on the long right-hander, the ‘Curvone Biassono’ and quickly created a big gap between himself and his rivals thanks to a fast race pace. He set a new 1:46.109 lap record for the class and the performance allowed him to ride his own race out in front all the way to the checkered flag.
“I’m happy with the victory,” said Barrier after the post-race celebrations. “It was important for me to get a good start and to try to get a big margin in the opening laps, because in the two FIM Cup races so far I have been unable to do this. I’m very confident and looking forward to racing here again on Sunday. I can’t wait to get back out on track.”
Teammate Baroni finished fourth in the Italian championship race, missing a podium finish by just 59 thousands of a second. The young Italian rider didn’t get the best of starts from second place on the grid and found himself stuck in the middle of a pack of five riders all battling for second place right to the end of the race.
“It’s a shame to have missed the podium by such a small amount,” said Baroni after the race. “I didn’t get a good start from the grid and that ruined my plan, and the continuous position changes didn’t allow me to race at my pace. However, the times I got over the course of the weekend are positive so that gives me confidence for Sunday.”
The final word went to Serafino Foti, BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team Manager, who said: “This wildcard race at Monza was like a test for us, to prepare for this weekend’s Superstock 1000 round. We’re happy with the feedback we got. Sylvain was brilliant to immediately get the race lead and to impose his race pace. Lorenzo didn’t get a good start and that put him in fierce competition with riders who held him back, preventing him from reaching the race pace he showed in practice.”