Racing Update: Two Wins and a Podium for BMW Racers in Assen and Valencia

Racing Update: Two Wins and a Podium for BMW Racers in Assen and Valencia

Last weekend, the BMW S1000RR was successful again in several championships, including two wins and a podium in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) and the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV).

Assen (NED) WorldSBK 16th April 2016. Althea BMW Racing Team Rider Jordi Torres #81 (SPA)
Althea BMW Racing Team Rider Jordi Torres #81 (SPA)

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in Assen, the Netherlands.

The fourth round of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) was held at the famous TT Circuit in Assen (NL) last weekend. Track action was influenced by unpredictable weather with sun, rain and even hail that resulted in continually changing conditions.

Race one on Saturday was held on a dry track. Jordi Torres (ES) of Althea BMW Racing Team repeated his strong result from his home round two weeks ago at MotorLand Aragón and finished fifth. His teammate Markus Reiterberger (DE) was also fighting for the top six on his BMW S1000RR, however, a ride through the gravel when avoiding another rival cost him some time and he crossed the line in seventh. Milwaukee BMW rider Josh Brookes (AU) was 11th, his teammate Karel Abraham (CZ) retired due to a technical problem.

Assen (NED) WorldSBK 17th April 2016. Team Milwaukee BMW Rider Joshua Brookes #25 (AUS)
Team Milwaukee BMW Rider Joshua Brookes #25 (AUS)

For Sunday’s second race, conditions had been extremely difficult. After rain and hail, the track was wet in the early stages but quickly dried. This made tire choice a lottery and most of the riders headed to the pits during the race to change from wet or intermediate tires to slicks. Milwaukee BMW rider Brookes, who had already set a strong fifth fastest time in the dry warm-up, had a brilliant performance on the damp track. Coming from 14th on the grid, he stormed to the front and led for several laps. For Brookes, these were his first leading laps in the WorldSBK. He was, however, denied the reward for this performance, as he lost the front shortly after he had changed to slicks on a still damp patch and fell. Abraham, Torres and Reiterberger ended this extremely difficult race in 14th, 15th and 16th respectively.

Matthieu Lussiana (FR) once more raced in the WorldSBK on the a Superstock version of the BMW S1000RR from Team ASPI. Finishing 15th in race one, he collected his first world championship point. In race two, he crossed the line in 17th.

Assen (NED) WorldSBK 17h April 2016. Althea BMW Racing Team Rider Raffaele De Rosa #35 (ITA)
Althea BMW Racing Team Rider Raffaele De Rosa #35 (ITA)

FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in Assen, the Netherlands.

The TT Circuit in Assen also was the venue for the second race of the 2016 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000). The spectators in the grandstands witnessed a dominant win by Althea BMW rider Raffaele De Rosa (IT). He defied all this race’s difficult circumstances to celebrate his first victory of the season. After two red flags, the race finally started on the third attempt, however, racers still saw tricky conditions on the track which was drying more and more and was shortened to nine laps. De Rosa took the lead on lap three and pulled away from the rest of the field. At the finish line, he had an advantage of 10 seconds over his closest rival. Luca Vitali (IT / Team 2R Racing) also collected points, finishing 12th.

FIM CEV Superbike European Championship in Valencia, Spain.

Valencia (SPA) 17th April 2016 - CEV Superbike - Team BMW TargoBank EasyRace Rider Maximilian Cristian Scheib Kruger #7 (CHI)
Team BMW TargoBank EasyRace Rider Maximilian Cristian Scheib Kruger #7 (CHI)

The season opener of the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV) saw success for the Targobank EasyRace team. In a closely fought race, young Chilean Maximilian Scheib celebrated his first-ever victory in the series. He was joined on the podium by his new teammate Santi Barragán (ES) in third. Barragán had secured pole position on his BMW S1000RR on Saturday and was also battling for the win, but lost some time when going wide in the closing stages of the race. Adrián Bonastre (ES), who was in action for the Proelit DR7 team, came home sixth on his RR. The other Proelit DR7 rider, Pedro Rodriguez (ES) was 10th. Roberto Blazquez (ES / ACR Competición) also scored a point by crossing the line in 15th.

Motoamerica FIM/AMA North American Road Racing Series in Braselton, US.

Road Atlanta (USA) - MotoAmerica - 18th April 2016. Team BMW Scheibe Racing Rider Tomas Puerta #12 (USA)
Team BMW Scheibe Racing Rider Tomas Puerta #12 (USA)

Just one week after the 2016 curtain raiser at Austin (US), the Motoamerica FIM/AMA North American Road Racing Series held its second round at Road Atlanta in Braselton (US) this weekend. At the Scheibe Racing team, Tomas Puerta (CO) stood in for regular rider Steve Rapp (US), who was not able to compete due to other professional commitments. Puerta finished both races in the points, crossing the line in 13th and 15th respectively.

2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.

In the first weeks of the 2016 season, 74 BMW racers from 18 different countries on four continents have registered to participate in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. They compete for 37 different teams in 19 different championship classes. The numbers are expected to increase as registration is open until June 30,2016, and in many racing series valid for the Race Trophy the season are only about to start.

The first standings sees two leaders: Dominik Vincon (DE) and Stefan Kerschbaumer (AT), who share the Völpker NRT48 by Schubert Motors BMW S1000RR in the Superstock class of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC STK), top the first classification with 100.95 points each. Third place is currently held by Raffaele De Rosa (IT / STK1000) with 76.22 points (see full standings below).

In 2016 the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy comprises of a total of 28 classes in 21 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.

2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.

Status: 20th April 2016

Pos. Name (Nat.) Series / Class Points
1 Stefan Kerschbaumer (AT) EWC STK 100.95
1 Dominik Vincon (DE) EWC STK 100.95
3 Raffaele De Rosa (IT) STK1000 76.22
4 Lance Isaacs (ZA) RSA SBK 68.00
5 Jordi Torres (ES) WorldSBK 64.00
6 Daryn Upton (ZA) RSA SBK 63.43
7 Hernani Teixeira (FR) FR EU 45.23
8 Markus Reiterberger (DE) WorldSBK 44.80
9 Nicolas Grobler (ZA) RSA SBK 44.00
10 Maximilian Scheib (CL) AARR STK 43.00
11 Taylor MacKenzie (GB) BSB STK 42.09
12 Benjamin Colliaux (FR) FR EU 41.54
13 Pekka Päivärinta / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI) SWC 35.56
14 Santiago Barragán (ES) CEV 32.89
15 Joshua Brookes (AU) WorldSBK 32.80

16. Kenny Foray (FR/FSBK SBK/29.23), 17. Michel Amalric (FR/FR EU/28.00), 18. Bertrand Boyer (FR/FR EU/23.38), 19. Karel Abraham (CZ/WorldSBK/23.20), 20. Julien Brun (FR/FR EU/20.92), 21. Madjid Idres (FR/FR EU/19.38), 22. Adrián Bonastre (ES/CEV/19.00), 23. Ronald Slamet (ZA/RSA SBK/18.86), 24. Steve Rapp (US/AMA STK/18.13), 25. Garrick Vlok (ZA/RSA SBK/16.86), 26. Lee Jackson (GB/BSB SBK/16.60), 27. Luca Vitali (IT/STK1000/16.00), 28. Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR/FR EU/14.46), 29. Janez Prosenik (SI/EWC SBK/13.62), 30. Pedro Rodriguez (ES/CEV/12.60), 31. Richard Cooper (GB/BSB SBK/10.20), 32. Matthieu Lussiana (FR/WorldSBK/9.20), 33. Ricky Lee Weare (ZA/RSA SBK/9.14), 34. Justin Gillesen (ZA/RSA SBK/7.71), 35. Maxime Bonnot (FR/FSBK SBK/.7.08), 35. Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR/FR EU/7.08), 37. Eric Vionnet (CH/STK1000/6.89), 38. Pierre Bezuidenhout (ZA/RSA SBK/6.57), 38. Etienne Nelson (ZA/RSA SBK/6.57), 38. Evert Stoffberg (ZA/RSA SBK/6.57), 41. Thomas Toffel (CH/STK1000/5.11), 42. Pascal Meslet (FR/FR/FR EU/4.92), 43. Roberto Blazquez (ES/CEV/4.60), 43. Alastair Seeley (GB/BSB SBK/4.60), 45. Federico D’Annunzio (IT/STK1000/3.33), 46. Gauthier Duwelz (BE/STK1000/1.78), 47. Jakub Smrz (CZ/BSB SBK/1.60), 48. Elwyn Steenkamp (ZA/RSA SBK/1.14), 49. Léon Benichou (FR/FR EU/0.00), 49. Michal Bidas (CZ/AARR STK/0.00), 49. Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NL/IDM STK/0.00), 49. Jacques Brits (ZA/RSA SBK/0.00), 49. Jan Bühn (DE/IDM STK/0.00), 49. Daniel Cooper (GB/BMW RRC/0.00), 49. David Datzer (DE/IRRC/0.00), 49. Stefan Dolipski (DE/AMA STK/0.00), 49. Michael Dunlop (GB/BMW RRC/0.00), 49. Matteo Ferrari (IT/CIV/0.00), 49. Michal Fojtik (CZ/AARR STK/0.00), 49. Dominic Herbertson (GB/BMW RRC/0.00), 49. Sabine Holbrook (DE/AARR SBK/0.00), 49. Lee Johnston (GB/BMW RRC/0.00), 49. John Krieger (ZA/RSA SBK/0.00), Valter Patronen (FI/CEV/0.00), 49. Michal Prášek (CZ/AARR STK/0.00), 49. Mike Roscher/Anna Burkard (DE/SWC/0.00), 49. Joan Sardanyons (ES/CEV/0.00), 49. Denni Schiavoni (IT/CIV/0.00), 49. Rene Skalicky (CZ/AARR STK/0.00), 49. Björn Stuppi (DE/IDM STK/0.00), 49. Tomas Svitok (SK/AARR STK/0.00) 49. Jordan Szoke (CA/CSBK/0.00), 49. Martin Tritscher (AT/AARR STK/0.00), 49. Ben Young (GB/CSBK/0.00)

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