Last weekend, three more championship crowns were added to the collections of BMW Motorrad racers. In the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC), Vincent Lonbois (BE) took the title with fellow BMW riders Sébastien Le Grelle (BE) and Didier Grams (DE) finishing the season in second and third overall. Lukáš Pešek (CZ) secured the title in the Superbike class of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR SBK) with a perfect weekend at the Slovakia-Ring (SK). In Albi (FR), Benjamin Colliaux (FR) was crowned champion in the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU), with Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR) ending the season as runner-up. In the seven race events they have been in action in this weekend, BMW S1000RR riders claimed eight wins and a total of 19 podiums. This success includes a top-seven and a top-six lock-out in the IRRC races at the Frohburger Dreieckrennen (DE), a double win for Kenny Foray (FR) in the French Superbike Championship (FSBK) and a top-five lock-out in the FR EU.
International Road Racing Championship in Frohburg, Germany.
For the final round of the 2016 International Road Racing Championship (IRRC), the BMW teams headed to Frohburg (DE), where the last two races of the year were held at the traditional Frohburger Dreieckrennen. With two podium finishes, Vincent Lonbois (BE / Herpigny Motors BMW Motorrad Belux) secured the title win. Second and third in the final championship standings also went to BMW riders: Lonbois’ teammate Sébastien Le Grelle (BE) is second overall, Didier Grams (DE / G&G Motorsport) follows in third.
Several guest starters joined the array of BMW riders, including British road racers Michael Rutter, Gary Johnson and Danny Webb, all in action for Rico Penzkofer’s (DE) Team penz13.com BMW Motorradsport. The weekend saw fantastic successes for the BMW S1000RR, with a top-seven and a top-six lock-out in the two IRRC races. In race one, Rutter took the win and the fastest race lap. Lonbois and Le Grelle finished second and third on the podium. Places four to seven went to Webb, Marek Červený (CZ / Wepol – Sapmetal), Johnson and Matti Seidel (DE / MSA Racing by penz13.com). Local hero Grams, a multiple winner of the Dreieckrennen, was also fighting for the victory, but crashed out while in the lead. Rutter also celebrated the win in race two, with Le Grelle and Lonbois crossing the line in second and third. This time, the first six positions went to BMW riders, with Grams fourth, Webb fifth and Johnson sixth. With his results, Lonbois consolidated second place in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, while Le Grelle climbed from eighth to fourth place (see full standings below).
Most of the BMW riders also took part in the two Superbike/STK1000/Open races of the event, which did not count towards the IRRC – and they also dominated these encounters. In race one, Rutter, Grams, Le Grelle, Johnson and Webb secured a top-five lock-out for the RR. In the second race, they claimed positions first to six, with Le Grelle winning in front of Lonbois, Rutter, Johnson, Webb and Seidel.
Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship at the Slovakia-Ring, Slovakia.
Champion’s honors also in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR): after Michal Prášek (CZ / Rohac and Feijta motoracing team) had celebrated an early title win in the Superstock class (AARR STK) at the penultimate round, the finale at the Slovakia-Ring (SK) saw a BMW rider also being crowned champion in the Superbike class (AARR SBK). Lukáš Pešek (CZ / BMW Motorrad CSEU) secured the title with a perfect weekend. He started both races from pole position, claimed a double win and also set the fastest lap on both occasions with his BMW S1000RR – including a new lap record.
In the Superstock class, champion Prášek rounded off his season with two more podium finishes. He was second on both occasions. In the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, Prášek improved from seventh to third.
French Superbike Championship in Albi, France.
The 2016 season finale of the French Superbike Championship (FSBK) was held in Albi (FR). One man dominated the weekend: Kenny Foray (FR) of the Tecmas Racing Team. He ended the season with a perfect haul. Foray secured both pole positions on his BMW S1000RR, was victorious in both races and set the fastest lap in both encounters. In the championship standings, Foray ended the season second overall. In the Race Trophy, Foray improved from tenth to fifth courtesy of his double win.
French European Bikes Championship in Albi, Fance.
The third title win of the weekend came in the French European Bikes Championship (FR). At the finale in Albi (FR), two BMW racers were battling for the title: leader Benjamin Colliaux (FR / Team Cherot Moto Sport) and his closest rival Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR / Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise). Colliaux ended both races on the podium and was crowned champion. Brunet-Lugardon could not catch him, despite a double win, and finished the season as runner-up.
In race one, Brunet-Lugardon took the win and Colliaux finished third. In the second heat, the BMW racers secured a top-five-lock-out for the BMW S1000RR. Brunet-Lugardon took the top step again, Colliaux was second and Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR / Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise) completed the podium in third. Julien Brun (FR / JB Racing Team) was fourth and Florian Drouin (FR) fifth.
Superbike IDM / International German Championship in Hockenheim, Germany.
The Hockenheimring (DE) hosted the finale of the 2016 Superbike IDM / International German Championship (IDM). The BMW riders ended the season with two more podium finishes in the Superstock class (IDM STK). In race one, Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NL / Van Zon-Remeha-BMW) was third in the class (fifth overall). In race two, his teammate Jan Bühn (DE) secured third place on the podium (fifth overall).
MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship in Okayama, Japan.
The 2016 season in the MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) resumed in Okayama (JP) last weekend. Since the events in Autopolis (JP) had to be canceled due to earthquake damage, two races were held in Okayama. The best BMW positions were claimed by Shinya Takeishi (JP / SYNCEDGE 4413 Racing) and Daisaku Sakai (JP/ Rosetta Motorrad39) with fifth and ninth in the second race.
South African SuperGP Champions Trophy at the Dezzi Raceway, South Africa.
The BMW S1000RR riders were also in action in South Africa at the weekend. The seventh round of the South African SuperGP Champions Trophy (RSA SBK) was held at the Dezzi Raceway, south of Durban (ZA). The best-placed BMW rider was Lance Isaacs (ZA / Lance Isaacs Racing), who finished both races in sixth.
2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.
Status: September 28, 2016
|Pos.||Name (Nat.)||Series / Class||Points|
|1||Jordan Szoke (CA)||CSBK||410.00|
|2||Vincent Lonbois (BE)||IRRC||407.36|
|3||Michal Prášek (CZ)||AARR STK||395.60|
|4||Sébastien Le Grelle (BE)||IRRC||374.55|
|5||Kenny Foray (FR)||FSBK SBK||344.04|
|6||Taylor Mackenzie (GB)||BSB STK||343.27|
|7||Michael Dunlop (GB)||BMW RRC||332.30|
|8||Pekka Päivärinta / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI)||SWC||331.70|
|9||Benjamin Colliaux (FR)||FR EU||329.33|
|10||Ian Hutchinson (GB)||BMW RRC||327.50|
|11||Lukáš Pešek (CZ)||AARR SBK||325.60|
|12||Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR)||FR EU||318.27|
|13||Didier Grams (DE)||IRRC||303.91|
|14||Maximilian Scheib (CL)||CEV||268.80|
|15||Jan Bühn (DE)||IDM STK||255.23|
16. Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NL/IDM STK/239.23), 17. Joshua Elliott (GB/BSB STK/226.36), 18. Michael Rutter (GB/BSB STK/212.18), 19. Ben Young (GB/CSBK/211.71), 20. Danilo Lewis (BR/BRSBK/211.11), 21. Raffaele De Rosa (IT/STK1000/209.07), 22. Michel Amalric (FR/FR EU/202.57), 22. Lance Isaacs (ZA/RSA SBK/202.57), 24. Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR/FR EU/198.62), 25. Martin Choy (BG/AARR SBK/189.20), 26. Michael Leon (CA/CSBK/186.00), 27. Stefan Kerschbaumer (AT/EWC STK/180.62), 27. Bastien Mackels (BE/EWC STK/180.62), 27. Dominik Vincon (DE/EWC STK/180.62), 30. Richard Cooper (GB/BSB SBK/172.40), 30. Michael Laverty (GB/BSB SBK/172.40), 32. Mike Roscher/Anna Burkard (DE/SWC/167.26), 33. Matteo Ferrari (IT/CIV/166.40), 34. Jordi Torres (ES/WorldSBK/164.40), 35. Christian Iddon (GB/BSB SBK/156.40), 36. Mathieu Gines (FR/IDM SBK/156.11), 37. Miloš Cihak (CZ/AARR SBK/145.20), 38. Colin Butler (CA/MSC SBK/143.20), 39. Petr Bičiště (CZ/IRRC/137.09), 40. Martin Tritscher (AT/AARR STK/135.60), 41. Marek Hartl (CZ/AARR STK/132.00), 42. Marc Neumann (DE/IDM STK/121.38), 43. Hernani Teixeira (FR/FR EU/117.85), 44. Madjid Idres (FR/FR EU/116.15), 45. Denni Schiavoni (IT/CIV/113.60), 46. David Datzer (DE/IRRC/107.09), 47. Adam Jenkinson (GB/BSB STK/106.18), 48. Lee Jackson (GB/BSB SBK/104.40), 49. Julien Brun (FR/FR EU/101.38), 50. Léon Benichou (FR/FR EU/100.92), 51. Nasarudin Mat Yusop (MY/MSC STK/99.60), 52. Santiago Barragán (ES/CEV/99.49), 53. Marco Nekvasil (AT/IDM STK/94.00), 54. Luca Vitali (IT/STK1000/89.00), 55. Hudson Kennaugh (ZA/BSB STK/88.00), 56. Garrick Vlok (ZA/RSA SBK/87.71), 57. Chrissy Rouse (GB/BSB STK/87.45), 58. Joshua Brookes (AU/WorldSBK/86.00), 59. Arnaud Friedrich (DE/IDM STK/85.69), 60. Steve Rapp (US/AMA SBK/83.20), 61. Markus Reiterberger (DE/WorldSBK/83.00), 62. Leon Jeacock (GB/BSB STK/75.45), 63. Roberto Blazquez (ES/CEV/73.60), 64. Alex Olsen (GB/BSB STK/71.27), 645. Lee Johnston (GB/BMW RRC/71.00), 66. David Bouvier (FR/FR EU/69.19), 67. Daisaku Sakai (JP/MFJ/68.75), 68. Camille Hedelin (FR/EWC SBK/67.35), 69. Bertrand Boyer (FR/FR EU/64.00), 70. Manu Dagault (FR/FR EU/57.23), 71. Maxime Bonnot (FR/FSBK SBK/56.00), 72. Karel Abraham (CZ/WorldSBK/55.70), 73. Clive Rambure (FR/EWC SBK/54.53), 74. Björn Stuppi (DE/IDM STK/53.38), 75. Alastair Seeley (GB/BSB SBK/53.20), 76. Jeremy Cook (US/AMA STK/52.53), 77. Shinya Takeishi (JP/MFJ/50.75), 78. Rob McNealy (GB/BSB STK/49.27), 79. Dominic Chang (SG/MSC STK/48.80), 80. Ronald Slamet (ZA/RSA SBK/48.00), 80. Sam West (GB/BMW RRC/48.00), 82. Barry Teasdale (GB/BSB STK/42.18), 83. Yuta Kodama (JP/MFJ/40.75), 84. Michal Šembera (CZ/AARR SBK/40.40), 85. Rene Skalicky (CZ/AARR STK/39.00), 86. Michal Bidas (CZ/AARR STK/38.40), 87. Dominique Platet (FR/EWC SBK/37.59), 88. Michal Fojtik (CZ/AARR STK/36.80), 89. Ben Godfrey (GB/BSB STK/34.18), 90. Ricky Lee Weare (ZA/RSA SBK/33.71), 91. Martin Jessopp (GB/BMW RRC/31.50), 92. Davo Johnson (AU/BMW RRC/29.80), 93. Nicolas Senechal (FR/EWC SBK/29.77), 94. Jakub Smrz (CZ/BSB SBK/29.60), 95. Eric Vionnet (CH/STK1000/28.75), 96. Dominic Herbertson (GB/BMW RRC/28.00), 97. John Krieger (ZA/RSA SBK/24.29), 98. Derek McGee (IE/BMW RRC/22.40), 99. Etienne Nelson (ZA/RSA SBK/22.29), 100. Evert Stoffberg (ZA/RSA SBK/20.86), 101. Adrián Bonastre (ES/CEV/19.00), 102. Justin Gillesen (ZA/RSA SBK/18.86), 103. Gauthier Duwelz (BE/STK1000/17.25), 103. Lim Ho Gon (KR/MFJ/17.25), 105. Heinrich Rheeder (ZA/RSA SBK/16.14), 106. Daniel Cooper (GB/BMW RRC/16.00), 107. Janez Prosenik (SI/EWC SBK/15.65), 108. Michal Filla (CZ/IDM STK/15.54), 109. Federico D’Annunzio (IT/STK1000/13.25), 110. Pedro Rodriguez (ES/CEV/12.60), 111. Matthieu Lussiana (FR/WorldSBK/12.20), 112. Sabine Holbrook (DE/AARR SBK/7.60), 113. Eric Dagault (FR/FR EU/7.38), 114. Pierre Bezuidenhout (ZA/RSA SBK/6.57), 115. Thomas Toffel (CH/STK1000/5.75), 116. Jacques van Wyngaardt (ZA/RSA SBK/5.71), 117. Pascal Meslet (FR/FR EU/4.92), 118. Valter Patronen (FI/CEV/4.80), 119. Matej Smrz (BSB SBK/ 4.60), 120. Elwyn Steenkamp (ZA/RSA SBK/1.14), 121. Christophe Costes (FR/FR EU/0.00), 121. Stefan Dolipski (DE/AMA STK/0.00), 121. Ryan Farquhar (GB/BMW RRC/0.00), 121. Marcel Irnie (CA/CSBK/0.00), 121. Aaron League (US/BSB STK/0.00), 121. Joan Sardanyons (ES/CEV/0.00), 121. Tomas Svitok (SK/AARR STK/0.00)