Racing Update: Historic One-Two-Three for BMW at Macau Grand Prix

Racing Update: Historic One-Two-Three for BMW at Macau Grand Prix

Privateer BMW racers have claimed their biggest success so far at the legendary Macau Grand Prix: they not only secured the first ever victory for the German brand at this iconic road race but also celebrated a clean podium sweep for the BMW S1000RR. The Macau Grand Prix at the challenging Guia Circuit on the streets of the former Portuguese colony and now Special Administrative Region of China, was held for the 49th time this year. A total of 30 riders competed in this extremely difficult race through the narrow streets of Macau, and among them were ten BMW riders. Four of them crossed the line in the top five.

Macau (RC) 21st November 2015. Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Motorsport by MGM China Rider Michael Rutter #7 (GBR)
Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Motorsport by MGM China Rider Michael Rutter #7 (GBR)
Peter Hickman (Briggs BMW) celebrates his victory in the 2015 Macau Grand Prix with runner-up Martin Jessopp and third-placed Michael Rutter. Photo: Stephen Davison

The RR was the dominating bike in qualifying, with an all BMW front row. Martin Jessopp (GB / Riders Motorcycles BMW) secured pole position, Michael Rutter (GB / Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Motorsport by MGM China) was second on the grid, Peter Hickman (GB / Briggs Equipment BMW) third.

After 12 laps on the 3.8-mile (6.115-km) track, it was Hickman who crossed the line first, celebrating the first Macau win of his career and the first for BMW. He also set the fastest lap of the race in 2:24.940 minutes. At the finish Hickman had an advantage of 6.276 seconds over Jessopp, who was second on the podium. The one-two-three for the BMW S1000RR was completed by Rutter, who was third on the podium. Gary Johnson (GB) rounded off the strong result for the BMW racers, coming home fifth on his Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Motorsport by MGM China RR. The Penz13.com squad of team principal Rico Penzkofer (DE) was also the most successful team in this year’s running of the Macau Grand Prix. In addition to the four BMW racers in the first five places, two more of their fellow RR riders finished the grueling race in the top ten: Lee Johnston (GB / East Coast Construction) was ninth and David Johnson (AU / Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade) was tenth.

The Macau Grand Prix classified for both the BMW Combined Road Race Challenge (BMW RRC) and the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.

Malaysia Superbike Championship in Sepang, Malaysia.

#52 Nasarudin Mat Yusop (BMW S1000RR) -  - Superstock -  Round 5 - Malaysia Superbike Championship - 20-22 November 2015
#52 Nasarudin Mat Yusop
#52 Nasarudin Mat Yusop (BMW S1000RR) - 2nd Place Race 1 - Superstock -  Round 5 - Malaysia Superbike Championship - 20-22 November 2015
#52 Nasarudin Mat Yusop celebrates second place in race one.

BMW racers were also in action in another part of Asia last weekend. In Sepang, Malaysia the season finale of the 2015 Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) was held. Privateer BMW racers claimed several podium positions in their individual classes. In the Superbike class B, Ahmad Abas (MY) was second on the podium in both races (sixth and seventh overall) with his BMW S1000RR. In the Superstock class A, Nasarudin Mat Yusop (MY) was second in race one on his BMW Malaysia S1000RR.

2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings (without bonus points)

The Macau Grand Prix and the MSC races in Sepang were the last events in the scoring period for the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, which ended on Sunday, November 22. However, the rankings are not final yet. Now the bonus points for title wins, pole positions etc. will be awarded to the participants. The final rankings of the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy will be announced during the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Season Finale next Saturday (November 28) in Munich, Germany.

In 2015 the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy comprises a total of 19 international and national championships. Participants in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy can compete in multiple championships. The points scored in the different championships are calculated separately for each individual race series. The current standings only include points from the race series in which the participant has scored the most Race Trophy points. You can find all the information on the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy online at the BMW Motorrad Motorsport website: www.bmw-motorrad-motorsport.com.

Status: 24th November 2015

Pos. Name (Nat.) Series / Class Points
1 Matthieu Lussiana (FR) MT1GP STK GP 374.81
2 Roland Resch (AT) AARR SBK 344.73
3 Jordan Szoke (CA) CSBK PR 341.67
4 Markus Reiterberger (DE) IDM SBK 314.29
5 Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR) FR EU 295.38
6 Roberto Tamburini (IT) STK1000 284.00
7 Alastair Seeley (GB) BSB STK 280.73
8 Michal Prášek (CZ) AARR STK 269.67
9 Eeki Kuparinen (FI) CEV AM 256.00
10 Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR) FR EU 251.08
11 Pekka Päivärinta / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI) SWC 250.67
12 Hudson Kennaugh (ZA) BSB STK 241.45
13 Adrián Bonastre (ES) CEV PR 219.20
14 Lukáš Pešek (CZ) AARR SBK 218.18
15 Michel Amalric (FR) FR EU 206.77

16. Michal Šembera (CZ/AARR STK/203.33), 17. Peter Hickman (GB/BMW RRC/197.33), 18. Lee Johnston (GB/BMW RRC/193.78), 19. Michael Laverty (GB/BSB SBK/182.86), 20. Martin Choy (BG/AARR SBK/178.91), 21. Emeric Jonchière (FR/FSBK STK/177.64), 22. Iván Silva (ES/CEV PR/171.20), 23. Marco Nekvasil (AT/EWC STK/167.00), 24. Janez Prosenik (SI/AARR SBK/158.55), 25. Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NL/IDM STK/153.14), 26. Madjid Idres (FR/FR EU/148.92), 27. Tommy Bridewell (GB/BSB SBK/148.57), 28. Florian Drouin (FR/FR EU/147.69), 29. Lance Isaacs (ZA/RSA SBK GP/145.64), 30. Krasen Kanchev (BG/AARR STK/142.89), 31. Uwe Gürck/Manfred Wechselberger (DE/AT/SWC/140.27), 32. Nasarudin Mat Yusop (MY/MSC STK/135.70), 33. Dominik Vincon (DE/IDM STK/133.71), 34. Mike Roscher/Anna Burkard (DE/SWC/132.93), 35. Fabrizio Perotti (IT/CIV/126.40), 36. Matěj Smrz (CZ/IDM SBK/125.62), 37. Marek Szkopek (PL/AARR STK/120.56), 38. Alessio Corradi (IT/CIV/107.20), 39. William Dunlop (GB/BMW RRC/106.67), 40. Bartlomiej Wiczynski (PL/AARR STK/105.33), 41. Michael Leon (CA/CSBK PR/100.00), 41. Bastien Mackels (BE/EWC SBK/100.00), 43. David Johnson (AU/BMW RRC/99.56), 44. Miloš Cihak (CZ/AARR SBK/96.00), 45. Nicholas Kershaw (ZA/RSA SBK GP/90.97), 46. Lucy Glöckner (DE/IDM STK/85.71), 47. Michael Rutter (GB/BMW RRC/85.33), 48. Pedro Vallcaneras (ES/EWC SBK/84.00), 49. Michal Fojtik (CZ/AARR STK/81.22), 50. Léon Benichou (FR/FR EU/78.77), 51. Dominic Usher (GB/BSB STK/78.55), 52. Lee Jackson (GB/BSB SBK/78.48), 53. Ireneusz Sikora (PL/AARR SBK/77.09), 54. Billy McConnell (AU/BSB SBK/76.19), 55. Hayato Takada (JP/EWC STK/74.00), 56. Denni Schiavoni (IT/CIV/73.60), 57. Nicolas Pouhair (FR/FSBK SBK/62.67), 58. Marco Muzio (IT/CIV/60.80), 59. Gareth Jones (AU/EWC SBK/60.00), 60. Marco Marcheluzzo (IT/CIV/59.20), 61. Wojciech Wrobel (PL/AARR STK/56.00), 62. Ryuichi Kiyonari (JP/BSB SBK/54.10), 63. Daisaku Sakai (JP/MFJ/54.00), 64. Marc Neumann (DE/IDM STK/53.71), 65. Guy Martin (GB/BMW RRC/53.33), 66. Sebastián Porto (AR/MT1GP STK GP/51.56), 67. Barry Burrell (GB/EWC STK/51.00), 67. Gary Mason (GB/EWC STK/51.00), 69. Stephen Mercer (GB/EWC STK/48.00), 70. Wolfgang Gammer (AT/AARR SBK/43.64), 71. Laurent Aymonin (FR/FR EU/39.38), 72. Luca Oppedisano (IT/CIV/38.40), 73. Shinya Takeishi (JP/MFJ/34.00), 74. Camille Hedelin (FR/EWC SBK/33.00), 75. Martin Jessopp (GB/BSB SBK/32.76), 76. Marcel Irnie (CA/AMA STK/31.42), 77. Johannes Hoffmann (DE/IDM STK/30.86), 78. Federico D’Annunzio (IT/STK1000/28.00), 79. Jeremy Cook (US/AMA STK/27.33), 80. Stefan Cappella (GB/EWC STK/24.00), 81. Emilien Jaillet (FR/FSBK STK/22.15), 82. Mike Wohner (AT/AARR SBK/18.91), 83. Yuuta Kodama (JP/MFJ/18.00), 84. Richard Balcar (CZ/AARR SBK/16.00), 84. Thomas Hainthaler (DE/IDM STK/16.00), 84. Mark Albrecht (DE/IDM STK/16.00), 84. Pawel Gorka (PL/AARR SBK/16.00), 84. Koji Teramoto (JP/MFJ/16.00), 89. Luca Conforti (IT/CIV/12.80), 90. Johannes Kanzler (DE/IDM STK/11.43), 91. Mika Höglund (FI/CEV AM/11.20), 92. Sabine Holbrook (DE/AARR SBK/10.18), 93. Jean Foray (FR/FR EU/9.85), 94. Chris Schmid (DE/IDM STK/9.14), 95. Bartlomiej Lewandowski (PL/AARR SBK/8.73), 96. Eric Vionnet (CH/STK1000/8.00), 97. Stefan Dolipski (DE/AMA STK/6.00), 97. Fabio Marchionni (IT/STK1000/6.00), 99. Michael Truchot (FR/FR EU/3.69), 100. Maria Costello (GB/BMW RRC/3.56), 101. Noriyuki Tsujimoto (JP/MFJ/2.00), 102. Tatsuya Noda (JP/EWC SBK/0.00), 102. Mohamad Syahnas Shahidan (MY/MSC SBK/0.00), 102. Sandra Stammova (SI/RSA SBK GP/0.00)

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