Sylvain Barrier (FRA) has won the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup for the second straight year. The weekend race was held before the FIM Superbike World Championship at the Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours, France and saw Sylvain cross the checkered flag in fourth place. Thanks to this result he has more points than are available in the final race of the season and takes the title. BMW Motorrad won Superstock titles in 2010 and 2012 with the BMW S1000RR, this year however the title was taken on the new BMW HP4, the first time ever for a bike equipped with an electronic suspension system (DDC).
In the second qualifying session, Sylvain missed out on pole position on his HP4 by just one hundredth of a second after he got caught in traffic on his final attempt. Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) qualified 16th and started on the sixth row of the grid.
At the start of the ninth race of the cup series, Sylvain took the lead at the first corner. The race would then be red flagged, however, following a crash. In the second part, Sylvain made a bad start losing out on some positions while his teammate, Greg Gildenhuys became caught up in another rider’s accident and was forced to retire. On lap four, Sylvain took fourth place which he maintained until the end. Thanks to this result he won the 2013 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup with one more race to go.
“It has been a fantastic season for me this year,” said Sylvain. “I’ve really enjoyed working with BMW and the new BMW HP4. I really enjoyed battling with Niccolo Canepa all year as he’s also been very consistent. It’s also really great that once again we win the title here in Magny-Cours. Thanks to James Toseland who has supported me for three years now. It was a good race, in the first part of the race I made a really good start and had no problems so I wanted to get going. The second time the start wasn’t as good so I rode carefully trying not to make any mistakes as I knew what I had to do to win. Thanks to BMW for having confidence in me and we’ll see what happens next year.”
“Today Sylvain and the BMW HP4 gifted us the second Superstock title in a row,” said Andrea Buzzoni (General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK). “It confirms the technical strength of our team, the BMW HP4 and Sylvain’s talent. We want to thank Sylvain for the result. He managed the race in a clever way showing he’s a mature rider and that he is ready to make a further step in his career and we wish him the best. Sylvain embodies the qualities of a winning rider: cleverness, talent and heart.”