In addition to the success of the S1000RR in various well-publicized national race series, there are many other superbike championships where S1000RR teams and riders are doing equally well but don’t get the global coverage.
In the Nordic countries for example, BMW dealer team rider Eeki Kuparinen from Finland has secured his first Scandinavian Championship title in the Superbike class after the final race of the series that took place at Mo I Rana in Norway. In fact, Kuparinen was unable to attend, due to other racing commitments, but the fact that he held a strong lead of 25 points over Danish rider Steven Tirsgaard before the final race meant that he was able to clinch the title as Tirsgaard wasn’t able to race either. The only remaining threat for Eeki’s crown was Norwegian rider Carl Berthelsen, but his third and fifth places finishes meant that he had no chance to challenge Eeki for the title. The result: another national Superbike championship for Finland, Eeki and the RR!
“I feel so happy, even though I wasn’t present,” said Eeki “The track looked nice and fast, so it surely would have suited us! We just could not avoid a clash in schedules, as we are busily preparing the BMW for the forthcoming FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race that supports the WSBK program in Brno. I have a ‘wild-card’ entry to the race which will take place on Sunday 22 July, so we’re really looking forward to a good result!”
RR rider Jordan Szoke is currently leading the Canadian Superbike Championship after two of six rounds. New to the 1000cc BMW, Szoke claimed pole position at the Autodrome St Eustache and then went on to win the 22-lap Superbike race by 1.995 seconds. This gives Szoke a comfortable 11 point cushion over his nearest rival, with two out of the six scheduled races completed. With four out of the top five riders in the championship standings riding the RR, there’s a good chance that BMW will be celebrating a Canadian Superbike Championship title in 2012.
Commenting on his switch to BMW power for 2012, Szoke said, “BMW really stepped up and created an amazing program not only for myself, but the rest of the riders in the series. Their brand representation is in perspective to their passion and enthusiasm for the sport and I am privileged to represent them.”
There is a chance for Xavi Forés (#12) to win back his championship title in the Spanish Stock Extreme class. With three podiums in four races so far, the 2010 champion is currently third in the standings, with three rounds remaining. Elsewhere in Spain though, there is a 100 percent certainty that an S1000RR rider will win the easyRace championship, because it is one-make series that is only open to RR riders.
This single-brand championship for BMW Motorrad’s S1000RR was actually launched last year, when BMW Motorrad España and motorcycle training and racing organisation easyRace joined forces to create a one-make race series especially for the RR. It was designed to appeal to amateur riders keen to increase their racing experience but without having to incur all the high costs that are a barrier to many promising riders. Now in its second year, this championship is affordable, competitive and supported by leading players such as Pirelli, the sole tire supplier to the Superbike World Championship.
With a similar format to WSBK, including Superpole qualifying, the four-round series includes both Superbike and Superstock classes and visits some of the best circuits in Spain, such as Motorland Aragon, Jerez, Almeria and Albacete. The third of four rounds has recently taken place in Albacete, with David Vigueras winning the race, in front of poleman Juan Manuel Ruiz, followed by Nicholas Lopez.
Winner of the Superstock category was Juan Carlos Sanchez, while Eladio Garcia won the veterans category, and Jose Luis Ibarzabal was the victor in the class for novice riders. With prizes also awarded for the fastest laps, this competitive series provides a fantastic insight into racing, with special ‘rental’ packages available for those considering taking their first steps into two-wheeled, high-performance motorcycle sport.