On the first weekend in May the BMW HP4 tasted victory at the opening round of the Brazilian Superbike Championship. Taking place in Santa Cruz do Sul, it was Matthieu Lussiana on the BMW HP4 who dominated the opening round. The Frenchman competes for BMW Motorrad Alex Barros Racing in the GP 1000 class – the pinnacle of the Brazilian Championship – and his weekend in Santa Cruz couldn’t have gone much better. He secured pole position, the fastest race lap, and a comfortable race win on the HP4, crossing the finish line after 16 laps with a commanding lead of 27 seconds. A further four BMW Motorrad riders finished in the top 12 in the GP 1000 class.
Back home in Germany, home-grown talent on the S1000RR made a successful start to the season in the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) at the Lausitzring. Reigning champion Markus Reiterberger claimed a double podium in the opening races of this competitive series that attracts riders from all over the world.
There was also plenty of celebration among the BMW Motorrad riders and teams in the IDM Superstock class, which is integrated in the Superbike field but classified separately. BMW bikes took the first five places in the opening race, with Marco Nekvasil taking the victory on his S1000RR, ahead of fast female Lucy Glöckner on her HP4, with Dominik Vincon completing the Superstock podium in third place. BMW Motorrad riders claimed the top four positions in race two: Nekvasil was victorious again – this time ahead of Dominik Vincon, Leon Bovee and Mark Albrecht.